It seem like eons ago since I started this project, and my original plan seems like foolishness now: take it apart and paint it one day then put everything back together the next so I didn’t forget where everything went and how it all fitted back together.
So, some of the lessons I learnt from this project were …
4. take your time and don’t try to rush things. The timeframe on this project is all that needs to be said about this one.
6. front derailleurs are awful to work with. Enough said
8. everything takes a lot longer than you think it will … eg the thing I am waiting for now is the handgrips and everytime I go to the bike shop they have sold out of them and have to reorder them, and then I get sick again and they sell out …. etc.
10. have a back up plan in case stuff doesn’t work out – sometimes that will not occur to you until Plan A does not work out, but a Plan B will come to mind with more thought and research. Reading about other bike restorations helps.
12. use Google judiciously but beware some of the things you find out, they are not aways right or helpful and can cause you not to look before you leap, so look at more than one site on things you need to find out about.
13. polishing can be therapeutic, so get a good metal polish and lots of wet and dry so you get the best results from your work.14. Save any stuff you do not use as it may come in useful another time or for another person/bike. eg I have kept the downtube decals and the suicide levers, just in case. It is also a pity to throw out anything old if it is not broken beyond repair, I think.
So will I do another restoration? I do not know, some parts of it are incredibly rewarding and some are so frustrating and I already have three bikes now … but yesterday there was a nice old roadbike for sale at our local markets for $50 and it would have been a perfect project for me to do up for my son, I am now kicking myself I didn’t get the number of the woman who was selling it, it even had chrome plating on some of the tubing ….