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Ok, my father inlaw finally broke down and bought a new bike, and his old, really crappy Bianchi Ocelot is now mine. And it's no wonder he couldn't go very fast. You'll see what I mean in the pics.

Ok...First things first. 37 minutes to strip it down to the frame.

Tossed out:
Handlebars, stem, shifters, reflectors, rear wheel, derailleurs, bottle cage, headset, chain, bottom bracket, and well, damn near everything but what I saved below.

I kept these components:
Frame, cranks. Will be removing two chainrings, and using the middle ring as the solo ring up front

Plans:
1. Build new rear wheel with A Sturmey Archer Internal Geared 3 Speed hub with Coaster Brake.
2. New bottom bracket (Since the old one was so bleeped up, and the morons that put it together 20 years ago used a bottom bracket that had a spindle WAY too long...I had to take apart my crank puller to get the cranks off.)
3. New Headset, Quill Stem, Mustache Handlebars, Grips.
4. Shaving off cable guides and brake bosses on forks and frame.
5. Strip paint, repaint something nice a bright.Big Grin

Ah, I forgot, when I put it on the stand, about a quart of rusty water poured out of the frame. Yum!

This is going to be strictly used for towing the kid around on the bike paths in Rhode Island. Nothing Fancy.

Tell me what ya think.
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#2
That bike is in need of some real TLC.
My dad always told me a Sledge a matic can fix any thing.
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(04-13-2010, 01:32 AM)Surly LHT Wrote:  That bike is in need of some real TLC.

You are being KIND.Big Grin

The good news is, the rusty water didn't seem to do any real damage. So when the frame dries out, I'll clean out the BB shell, and spray a bunch of WD-40 inside. (Ran out of framesaver)

So, all told, for the Sturmey Archer hub, rim, spokes, nipples, chain, BB, headset, stem, handlebars, and grips, pedals, and seat post binder bolt will cost $233 including shipping.

It's not going to be the best bike ever, but it'll be awesome on the bike path. (And give me the opportunity to build an internal geared wheel. Haven't built one of those yet.)

*edit* The chainrings of the old cassette were *RIVETED* to the crank arm. Never seen THAT before. So I had to take the arms off my brother's old dual suspension, and make the single chainring from that.

Will update as I go on.
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#4
If possible try and get inside the top, down tube, and seat tube with a good brush to clean out the rust. As far as the seat stays and the chain stays maybe go with some sort of rust inhibitor if they are accessible. If they are sealed don't worry about them. Sounds likes an awesome project! Chemical paint removal DOES work just very very messy! Have one of these, http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Duty-Stripping-Pads-Pk/dp/B00004Z483/ or steel wool. Also the gloves you use MAKE SURE they are heavy material then surgical. Yesterday I made that mistake and the chemical I was using burned right through leaving a red mark and a burning sensation on my flipping hand! Ahh yes safety goggles and I used this mask http://www.amazon.com/3M-RESPIRATOR-R95-CHARCOAL-per/dp/B002IV862S/ . Long sleeve shirt too. The chemical I used was http://www.wmbarr.com/product.aspx?catid=72&prodid=112.

Other then that all I can think of.
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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(04-13-2010, 11:58 AM)Bill Wrote:  If possible try and get inside the top, down tube, and seat tube with a good brush to clean out the rust. As far as the seat stays and the chain stays maybe go with some sort of rust inhibitor if they are accessible. If they are sealed don't worry about them. Sounds likes an awesome project! Chemical paint removal DOES work just very very messy! Have one of these, http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Duty-Stripping-Pads-Pk/dp/B00004Z483/ or steel wool. Also the gloves you use MAKE SURE they are heavy material then surgical. Yesterday I made that mistake and the chemical I was using burned right through leaving a red mark and a burning sensation on my flipping hand! Ahh yes safety goggles and I used this mask http://www.amazon.com/3M-RESPIRATOR-R95-CHARCOAL-per/dp/B002IV862S/ . Long sleeve shirt too. The chemical I used was http://www.wmbarr.com/product.aspx?catid=72&prodid=112.

Other then that all I can think of.

Yeah, I forgot to warn you about the burning. I ended up with a burning hand for a couple hours the first time I used it. I brought some heavy duty rubber gloves home from work to use.
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