Re: [CR]check list for classic bike maintenance: fear of going the way of the dodo


Example: Framebuilding:Restoration

Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 18:45:51 -0800
From: Chuck Schmidt <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]check list for classic bike maintenance: fear of going the way of the dodo
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Joseph Bender-Zanoni wrote:
>
> As usual Chuck is a font of wisdom.
>
> So the list for post 1960 instantly reduces to the biodegradable- Brake
> hoods and Campionato Del Mundo setas.
> Unfortunately my freezer is not stocked.
>
> Tonight I'll wince ripping the cracked crumbling Vittoria half hoods off
> the Pestmann levers. BC has to find some more of those!
>
> Joe

Joe is entirely correct here. Hoods and vintage tires are what are truely N.L.A. (nolongeravailable). Fortunantly, both will be made when interest reaches critical mass as it has with restoring cars and motorcycles.

There is one other part in short supply. Vintage chains (other than the ubiquitous Reginas). The truely sad part is the chain on an old bike is the first thing the new owner tosses without even thinking. Often these are original chains that are in almost unworn condition, but need a thorough cleaning. They are all rusty and covered in caked on grease, but underneath is a restorable original chain!

Chuck Schmidt
South Pasadena, California