I don't expect any old 10 speed rehab to go entirely smoothly, however, this Italian seemed to fight me more than most. I took 3 trips to bike shops for this one and I rarely need to go even once for most bikes. It all started with the bottom bracket.
When I originally tore the bike down to the frame a year ago, I was unable to remove the drive-side cup. Not a big deal so long and one side comes out you can clean everything up, however the idiot who tore down the bike put everything away in a box except for the rest of the bottom bracket! Usually not a big deal but this bike is Italiano with special threads for the bb and the headset. Oi vey, so now I need to order a new sealed bb, thank you Shimano UN-55 and Amazon.com, but I still have to get the stupid drive side cup out. Did I mention this bike started out with a cottered crank and BB? Anyway after lots of trying I find myself with a hammer in my hand, my temperature rising and the drive side cup still firmly in place. Deep breath, put hammer down, step away from hammer, load frame in car and drive to nice local bike shop (LBS). They had it out in no time- gas to shop $1.50, cost to have cup removed $5 cash, not throwing bike parts or angrily wielding a hammer around a steel frame...priceless.
Now its time to install the brand spanking new Italian bb, easy peasey right? I even read up and knew that the Italians like to thread both sides clockwise unlike the British and French threaded bbs which have one side threaded counter clockwise. Anyway I am finding the install to be tougher than I expected and worried about cross threading I go back to the LBS. Despite having carefully cleaned the bb threads it seems that there were a few burrs making things difficult but again the shop took care of me.
Now that I have the BB taken care of and had already installed the new Italian Velo Orange headset I bought for it last year its on to the wheels.
|note the dirty hubs|
A little fine steel wool to clean the water spots and oxidation off the aluminum rims followed by some Mother Aluminum polish and things were looking up
|before and after|
|Sakae Crank in good shape|
I also replaced the banded down-tube shifters that came on the bike with some power ratchet Suntour stem shifters. I love DT shifters but this bike had no lug on the down tube to keep the shifter band from slipping so it was an accident waiting to happen with that setup.