When last I left you, my erstwhile readers, I had obtained a Schwinn Le Tour III mixte to build up so my brother could give it to his wife on her birthday at the end of April. While I'm not as far along as I would like to be I have made progress and should be able to get it completed on time. First the little minx made it into the rack for inspection and deconstruction
And I ended up with this
Hugh's bicycle blog, turned me on to. The ultrasonic -cleaner. This little helper (below)
Turns dirty, grimy, nasty stuff like this..
Into nice clean shiny stuff like this - I didn't even notice the first time I saw the derailleur that it had a Le Tour badge, now that its clean it really stands out.
Normally I am pretty conservative with my rebuilds, I make sure that I have at least a little profit after donor bike and parts costs, but I am going off course with the LeTour III. I am going to blow way past the $250 my brother had slated for this project, but that's ok as I went overboard in large part for myself to build a really sharp mixte. Big bro will get a deal, my Sister-in-law will get a bike she will hopefully have fun riding and I get to create a cool ride. Until next time.
Ride. Smile. Repeat.