Shawland

Bicycle refurbish at B!ke

Since living in Keene, I’ve had the dilemma of only having one bike, but often being in Peterborough while my bike is in Keene or vice versa. There’s so much enjoyment in cycling in and around the Peterborough area, but I also have the need to jump on my bike and burn some energy when at home. I also wanted to spend more time on my bicycle with my avid cyclist boyfriend, Hodge. We decided to undertake a full bicycle rebuild and found a couple sad-looking bikes online. We found this cute one and bought it for $35.00.

Beginning the deconstruction...

Beginning the deconstruction…

The first step was to take check the condition of the bike overall with the help of the awesome bike mechanics at B!ke. We made sure the seat post was moveable and not permanently bonded to the bike frame. Next was checking the quality of the tires. They needed to be replaced as they were original to the 1987 Supercycle. Then we moved on to truing the wheels by adjusting the spokes two at a time. This was likely the most time consuming part of the repair.

Lindseed oil for the spokes!

Lindseed oil for the spokes!

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Wrapping the wheel to cover the spokes

 

 

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Sealing the tape with a hot poker to make room for the air valve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there we cleaned the bearings in each of the hubs of the wheels, cleaned the bearings in the bottom bracket and replaced one broken bearing. imageimage

 

 

Then we replaced the cables and housing for the brakes and shifters.

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We replaced the brake pads and the chain.imageimageimageimage We fine tuned the shifting and the brakes, and, finally re-wrapped the handlebars.  And voila! a new-to-me 1987 sweet two-toned Supercycle!

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