My experience with factory built 27 inch wheels is that the hubs are too tight so even thought these were brand new I still opened them up to add grease (the factory is miserly IMHO) and then adjusted the hub bearings. With some new rim strips, tubes and tires (fatter 27 x 1 3/8") the wheel set was ready to go.
Unfortunately, I still had a stuck stem to deal with, the same issue that had this bike languishing in my queue for so long. I got to a point where not only was I still working to cut through the stem remnant but the plug (which was still rattling around in the fork) got wedged sidewise. After consulting my LBS and figuring out I would have to pay a shop rate of $80 an hour (which I don't begrudge them) for them to try and finish the job, I came up with a new plan.
Since I had to wait on the fork and headset I figured I could pay some attention to the paint. I used the Meguiars three step process I first heard about over at Hugh's bicycle blog. I used it on the Fiorelli rebuild and liked the results so decided to try it on the mixte.
|Step 1- Clean|
|Step 2 - Polish|
|Step 3- Carnauba baby!|
The Wald basket and the SKS fender-set had arrived, the paint was in as good a shape as it could possibly get and once the spanking new fork and headset came in I would be able to get down to business building this bike up into a campus commuter right.......right?
In Part II of this series I will explain why nobody ever said this rebuild was going to be easy.