The Inspection

I finally go the 7000 frame up on the rack so I could take a closer look at it.  I didn’t have high hopes that I could salvage anything from it, and after a closer look, I’m pretty sure that’s going to be the case. That’s alright, though. The immediate goal here is to get the bike torn down and prepped for a shiny new coat of paint.

Here she is, in all her purple glory.

IMG_20170814_162103.jpgShe sat in various states of decay in a number of dank basements, garages, and driveways for a number of years, so it didn’t surprise me to find any number of rough spots.  The aluminum risers were specked with rot, there are a couple of places on the frame where the paint is completely gone and the frame is roughing up.

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Paint off the frame

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Rot on the riser

The drive train seemed to be in OK shape for a 25 year old ride, but I’m still tossing it all out and replacing it with something newer. Which is going to be true for almost everything on this rig.

I struggle with “Hey, I can use that someday” disease, so it’s important that I remember exactly what it is I’m doing here.  My dad was an absolute hoarder and when he died I collected a bunch of his tools.  You can see some of it in the top photograph underneath the bench.  There’s a scroll saw and a chop saw – I am the world’s worst carpenter – and an automotive analyzer for cars that have carburetors and distributors and rotors – I am a pretty good mechanic, but damn – a giant pile of miscellaneous box wrenches, ratchets, sockets, and other doo-dads and tchotchke that has great sentiment, but no other value at all.

Part of doing this is to unload a lot of it.  I’m committed to one set of wrenches, one set of sockets, and the absolute bare minimum of carpentry tools.

But I digress… Back to the components.  The chain ring is warn out.  You can see that the big ring needs some new teeth.  The rear derailleur is pretty rotted out (as is the front).  Most of the components look like they’re on a 25 year old bike that spent much of it’s life in a basement.

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So the final verdict is I’m stripping it down to the frame and fork, and tossing the rest.

So stand by for that.

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