This thread is all about my first restoration project. I live in the 2nd floor apartment and for the next few months the office and the balcony will be my workshop. I don't know much about 'vintage' bikes, fixies or restorations and have been researching the topics for a few months now. Research can only go far and it's time I get my hands dirty, so I started looking for a kerbside quality bike to see how far I could take it.
I got one on eBay. The listing read like this:
Classic LEADER Steel frame 10 speed road bike. Sold by Clontarf Cycles.
They say that you can't buy history, but they are wrong, cos for the princely sum of 99 cents you can have a crack.
Lets just see what this beauty has to offer
5 speed cluster - Rusted
Double Crankset - Rusted
Chain - Very Rusted
Index shifters on stem - Rusted
Headset - Rusted
Pedals - Shinbusters
Saddle - hard
Wheelset - Spins ok, Rims well rusted
Reflectors - Reflective
Tyres -Classic Square groove tread, made in Thailand. Yeah Thailand !
Bell - No ringing here
Brake levers - Drops AND Flats
Kickstand - functional
Enough waffle, unless you want this bike to hang on the wall, or use it as a movie prop, you are looking at it for the frame. It's Red and it's Steel. There is no serious rust, a few pinhead size surface spots where the paint is chipped and the chrome on the fork has light rusting per the photo. With Oh So Cool original Chrome stickers, this has been unmolested and unrestored, so work your magic. Built for comfort.
I may have paid too much or too little, I don't know and I don't care; I will get my moneys worth of enjoyment from pulling it apart, doing it up, and dealing with the challenges along the way.
This is what I have started with: