Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bike finished!

I got the bike done!

Actually, I got it done last weekend, but haven't been able to ride it till today.

Due to weather & other responsibilites.

But it looks great & rides well again!

Too bad I can't just freashen up my foot like that huh?

 It hurt my foot to ride.
I rode the bike around the block, which is 2 miles. I didn't think that would be a big deal since I have to do 2 miles on an exercise bike in therapy, but it did hurt.

I'll get better.

Bike all taped up with painters tape, ready to spray paint! I spray painted the rusted chrome parts & other parts that needed to be finished after I treated them.

I used this silver metallic paint. First I used rust remover, that was covered in another post.

Before

After

Chain Feed before

Chain feed after

After


Brake Controls before - they weren't too bad, but I treated them & painted them before they had a chance to get worse.

Brake controls after.

All dressed up & somewhere to go!
Even if it is just around the block. ;-)


I also changed out a brake pad, no easy feat. I had to break out both of my tool kits to get the right tools! And I changed out the back tire tube as well. Lets hope this tube doesn't go flat! I had previously changed out two other tubes, which both went flat. Inspected the tire, nothing in it to cause the tubes to go flat? So I suspect somehow the tubes got crimped & died.

I also oiled the necessary parts & put vaseline on the chain in hopes of preventing further rust.

Unfortunately, the only way to store my bike is to keep it in the driveway beside the motorhome, with a tarp over it. If this had to be done again, it'll just be time for a new bike then. Guess this is how it is with the life of a fulltime RVer huh?

Maybe I'll do a future post on all those tools I keep around. Not on each individual one though...
I keep both kits in the RV as you never know what you might need!

~As always, be kind to your pets, clean up after them on your travels & respect your neighbor~

20 comments:

  1. Hi there...I have the same bike! Can I bring it to you to redo? LOL! Mine looks like yours did before you worked on it...so sad...don't have it covered, either... Great job!!!

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    1. Hi Donna, I'm glad I finally got it done. I've not been able to ride it for months because the brakes worn bare & I had a flat tire. So at least it's ready for riding...got to ride it once. Now the weather is going to crimp that for a few days. But I guess I need to rest my wankle anyhow.

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  2. Nothing better than a brand new shiney bike for Christmas :)

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    1. Yea, that's me. New to me items...anyone want to send me a used Ipad or tablet??
      ;-)

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  3. Cool! Yep, every girl needs a bike worthy of her!

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  4. I do believe that all the hard work was worth it because the bike looks amazing.

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  5. I've got to tell you that's a mighty fine refinish job you've done there.

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    1. Thanks, I'd rather decal your car though!

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  6. Wow, great job! Makes you feel good to know when you've done a job that you did it right. I'd like to know what you keep in your tool kits....

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    1. Hi Sunny, I'll do a post on those tools. I also carry a few other items that I feel are important to RVing. Especially if you plan on living in an RV for months or are a fulltimer. But then, that means digging items out of my small storage space...hmmmm...

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  7. I just bought a new tool kit today. I need to see if it looks like it has everything I need. If so, I can return the wrong one I bought previously. :)

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    1. I never know what I'm going to need till I start a project. Usually, it's a tool from one kit or another. I think I pretty much have it covered now though. I like tools. Don't quite know why? Maybe it's because I have to...or like to...or have to fix things myself when I can...

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    1. Thanks Michael! Did the house sell? I need to go see if you've posted.

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  9. I'm sorry your bike hurts your foot. Maybe it takes a harder push than the exercise bike takes?

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    1. Linda, I guess partly, I've not been able to use the exbike at rehab because it's always in use by others. So maybe I'm a little out of practice. I do find myself pushing harder with the good foot though. And of course, there always seems to be some kind of wind to ride through here, so that probably contributed too.

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