[CR]RE: Chroming Parts and Belated Introduction

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From: <IKersey@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 22:20:31 EST
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]RE: Chroming Parts and Belated Introduction

Sorry all, I didn't know what the protocol was regarding reporting costs on-line. I have already replied to a number of you off-line -- so, for the benefit of the rest of the list, here goes:

I had a Nervar three-pin crankset and spoke guard rechromed by Bryan Proctor of Custom Metal Finishing, Inc. The two chain rings (52/40) were $18 each, left crank arm was $12, right crank arm was $18, and spoke guard was $35 (it was in terrible shape). An EPA fee of $10 and a return shipping fee of $10 brought the total to $121 -- not inexpensive, but well worth it, considering that a local company (in Norfolk) gave me a phone estimate of $50-60 per crank. The results wrought by Bryan and crew speak for themselves! Definitely artisans! (now don't go and start another thread...)

Regarding myself, I have:

A 1970 Mercier 200 (identified with the able assistance of several list members and a recently acquired copy of The Complete Buyer's Guide to Bicycles , dated 1973). The Mercier is ~70% restored.

Three (3!) Peugeot UO-8s in various stages of restoration -- I'm gonna do for the UO-8 what the Hunt Brothers tried to do with silver! Seriously, I'm collecting them as penance for selling my first 10 speed (a 1974 Peugeot UJ-10 youth-sized bike) at a yard sale eight years ago for $10 (Mea Culpa!). Anyone out there that has one for sale (a UJ-10, that is), please let me know...

A 1970-something Jeunet 630 (currently in transit).

A 1990 Miyata 600GT touring bike (my everyday rider).

I just started collecting and restoring bikes about 6 months ago -- now I can't stop the madness. (I calmly reassure the wife that it's cheaper than British sports cars, so far...)

Ian "It's getting harder to bury the bike expenditures in the checkbook so she won't find'em" Kersey Tidewater, Virginia