Saturday, March 21, 2020

1987 Trek 520: Hanging parts I (Brakes)



As I'm staying home allot during this weird time and wait to hear what happens with a contract job I am supposed to start (remotely) I, like many folks I suspect, have time on my hands so I am working to finish up the Trek 520.


I cleaned the brakes in my sonic cleaner, I lubed them and the mounted them.  For now the rear brakes are keeping the same pads since the rears provide less stopping power than the fronts.


The fronts also got cleaned and lubed and they got new pads since this is where most of the braking happens.


I put the shifters in the sonic cleaner as well, still zip tied to keep everything in place.  As a result of the issues I had with sysmetric shifters on the Novara I decided not to disassemble the index shifters rather I flushed them with Tri Flow and after they dry I am going to mount them intact.

Today the derailleurs went into the sonic cleaner so next time I will post about the drive train.  The cockpit was easy because I had already updated it before I took the bike apart so I just remounted the bars stem and brake levers and the seat post and saddle.

Ride. Smile. Wash your hands. Repeat.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

1987 Trek 520 -getting the frame back together



The 520 rebuild has drug along but I finally got a coat of wax on the frame and fork.


Which allowed me to install the BB, I ended up using the cartridge bb from the Allez sport rather than redoing the cup/spindle/bearing set up. 



Yesterday I ran the headset through the sonic cleaner so today I got the cups reinstalled.


Which allowed me to get the rest of the headset installed and reunite the frame and fork.  Now that the frame-set is back together I can start getting parts clean and hung on the bike, so hopefully this rebuild is on the up tick.

Ride. Smile. Wash your Hands. Repeat!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

1987 Trek 520 Paint touch up

After the last of the rust removal I did a treatment of the interior of the tubes with some rust inhibitor.



And this time for touch up I was going to do the right thing,I had read somewhere that I could go to Lowe's for paint match and get a small batch of paint for about $5.


I tried, I really did, here is the frame at Lowe's however there were two issues, one the cheap small batch only applied to interior paint and more of an issue, their scanner could not work with my frame so no matching.  Sigh.



I decided to go back to my nail polish option, I had some gray I thought to try in a place you wouldn't see it, the underside of the chain stay.  Its a good thing as the match was way off, silver rather than dark gray but the metal is now protected.




I used my color matching app on my phone to get a red/wine color in the general ball park, not a great match but it will protect the bare metal.


Now that the rust has been dealt with and the bare spots have been touched up (I used clear polish on the rest of the gray spots rather than having more mismatched paint spots) I can move this project along.   I am hoping to move onto the hanging stuff off the frame portion of our program.  Someday, I am going to figure out the paint match thing.

Ride. Touch up the paint. Smile. Repeat.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Say goodbye to my little friend....


I have had the Trek 850 for sale for a few weeks and after getting a ton of interest followed by an equal amount of ghosting on FB Market place I put it on CL and finally had someone follow through on it today.


I was very honest that it shifted to 18 of 21 gears but didn't go into the biggest cog in back, because of that I sold it a bit cheaper than I could have but also didn't spend alot of time fussing for one gear or worse overdoing it and sending the chain into the spokes.


I had a guy of my vintage buy it and I think he's gonna set it up for his dad, they both rode it and liked it.   That makes me feel better, in addition to doubling my money on it, because although I liked it and think it was a slightly shorter stem away from being a perfect fit I just didn't see I would be riding it much in the next year.  I have other projects going, Trek 520 and Specialized Allez, and some road riding I want to do on neglected road/touring bikes, so I was happy the 850 is going to a place where it will get used.


I will be starting a new contract gig in March but it will be nice to have a bit more cash and one less bike in the meantime.   Some day a vintage mountain bike will arrive that fits, I will have a use for, and the time and money to make it mine, just not today.

Ride. Smile. Repeat.

Monday, January 27, 2020

A very bikey Sunday



I started my bikey Sunday not with an Epic ride but a visit to the Bike Works Warehouse sale.  I didn't get there for the start because I was giving my Daughter and her friend a ride to a birthday party but I went anyway.


I have always liked the Peugeot MTBs and so this one peaked my interest but alas it was too small.


This Nashbar road bike peaked my interest but I already have two road bike projects in the queue and did not need a third so I kept walking,


I was really looking for a hybrid and this Bianchi in lugged steel was very interesting and at $50 not too expensive and I borrowed a tape measure to check the size but it was only a 20 inch seat tube and thus too small so I left it behind.  I actually walked away not having spent a cent but its never a waste of time to hang out around old steel and other bike geeks.


The skies cleared and the temp hit 50 degrees for the first time in ages so I got out the Trek 520 for some naval jelly treatment.




The naval jelly did a good job of dealing with some rust spots the oxalic acid soak did not, (see the rust removal part I post  from the 5th)  I still have some work to do with a dremel and a brass wire brush but things are much better.  After I clean up the last bits I can spray frame saver and move on to doing some paint touch up.


It was too nice not to ride so I hopped on the Trek 850 and rode to the market.


And of course I had to stop for a beer, I had a nice Berserker stout from Fremont in Seattle.  Mother nature made me pay for enjoying the sunshine by pouring on me when I rode home and I was soaked in the 1 km it took me to get back lol.

Ride. Get drenched. Smile, Repeat.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

I am not made of sugar....


,,Nor  am I a ride anytime anywhere guy, when it was in the 30s and snowing earlier this week I did not ride or wrench for that matter.


However high 40s and typical Seattle drizzle I can handle, I am not made of sugar and I will not melt.  Heck I didn't even have fenders of a rain jacket.


The Trek 850 got the call, it still needs some help to get the final 3 gears working and the rear brake squeaks a bit.  But for $20, a patch for the front tube and some brake kleen to fix the shifting from about 6 gears to start to the 18 current working currently, it works pretty good.  I think some time with a park tools video and a screw driver should restore ALL the gears and I will have to play with the rear brake pads.


It didn't feel like a day for regular space ways so I ordered the MEGA space ways Imperial IPA from Modern Times in San Diego.  I was thinking of getting a 20 oz beer to take home to enjoy with chips and salsa while watching championship football but alas I have no rack or panniers, so sad... but wait.



As it turns out this fits perfectly..


In a bottle cage, so I brought some beer home after all.


Still haven't figured out what to do with the Trek but for now I am enjoying using it and getting it up to spec.

Ride.Smile. Haul beer. Repeat

Sunday, January 5, 2020

1987 Trek 520 Frame Rust removal part I


One thing I knew I would have to deal with for the 520 was rust, even before I stripped it down I knew there was rust on the drops, chainstays, in paint chips and in the rack holes in the fork.  One concern I had was with the outside evidence of rust how much might be inside the tubes.


To deal with possible interal rust in addition to the outside stuff I decided on an oxalic acid bath, however I don't have room for a kiddie pool and its not summer anymore.  I have read you need mild temperatures for an effective rust bath so what to do?  I went to Home Deport and bought a resin planter box for $10, as a planter of course it has holes for drainage so not ideal but it was most of what I needed.



I taped the bottom of the planter box with duct tape and then used a cheap mylar emergency blanket, doubled, to line the inside,   It ended up keeping the tub water proof.


Ideally you would do this outside but I did have the tub to contain everything and a bathroom fan for ventilation.  I ended up using about 3 teaspoons of powdered "wood bleach" to every gallon of water.  The results as you will see were good but not great, hence the part I of derustifcation.


BB just after I stripped the frame, pretty rusty.


BB after about 2 hours total in the bath, better but not complete.


Clean drop out pretty much rust free


The other drop still showing some rust.


One shifter boss -still rusty.


The other is fine,


Chain stays underside -before


After -one side completely clean and the other not so much.


still some rust


On the numerous paint chips it mostly did a great job but there are few with a bit of rust still.  I need to think about how to deal with those once the rust removal is done, since I suck at paint match and I don't have the $$ to go to an auto paint place to have them match it for me I will probably do the clear nail polish and then multiple coats of wax option.



Part II of this process will be to wait for a clear day and then take the frame and fork out on the porch for a dose of Naval jelly.  And the BB will probably also get a session with the brass wire brush.  I am still happy I did the rust bath despite the imperfect results, it did most of the work and I have to think it helped with any rust inside the tubes.  One drawback of the trough is that I could do the down tube, top tube and stays but not the seat tube, however I can get a portion of the ST with my brake hone.  The final step will be using frame saver and then I can move onto other parts of the rebuild.

Ride. Kill Rust, Smile Repeat.