I tried my hardest to get my hands back to a presentable fashion for work... I personally think its a sign of a GREAT weekend when you come in on Monday morning with a little grease under the nails. A summary of my antics:
Stripped a Vintage Peugeot
I picked up a late 70s/early 80s Peugeot from my parents last weekend. It was the bright yellow version that you see everywhere and in horrible shape. I had them buy it sight unseen for $20 a month or so ago. I was ready to just ship it off to the thrift store when my middle son, who is 13, decided he wanted to start riding a "racing bike" as opposed to his Schwinn mountain bike. I stripped it down to a bare frame, sanded and re-painted it silver. Painted out the lug seams in red. I have a set of decals coming - not the original ones, but they say Peugeot on them. The rear Simplex derailleur is low end, but it works. I still need to find a set of brake levers with cable stops in them. I'm about 60% of the way done with this bike.
Raleigh Twenty Detailing
I can't believe that I'd never detailed out the rims and spokes on the brown Raleigh Twenty. Spent some time with the Wenol polishing up the rims. A little steel wool and grease on the spokes and they look good as new. I also re-connected the wire in the head tube that keeps the stem/handlebar from coming all the way out. I liked having the extra inch or so of height but I was having some visions of the thing coming off in my hands when I hit a bump at higher speeds... not pleasant. I already have a couple crowns on my front teeth from a bicycle incident when I was in high school.
Sterling Mountain Bike Overhaul
A friend and neighbor brought over a couple mountain bikes that he had leftover when a couple med students moved out of an apartment he owns. Just wanted to get "my take" on what to do with them. The Sterling has Shimano Exage components and a decent frame, the other bike was crap with no-name pot metal components. My vote was to keep the Sterling and fix it up for his granddaughter (it is kind of a pink/purple color). It needs new tires. The other one should go to the thrift shop. Would I do the fixing on the Sterling? For a bottle of nice wine? Heck Yeah!! So I guess that makes me a "professional bicycle mechanic" now... Who'd a guessed it.
Admired the Raleigh Tourist
The whole weekend, she just sat there looking drop-dead gorgeous... I removed the fenders prepping for her new set of Schwalbe Delta Cruisers (that are three days behind schedule from UPS - thank you very little). Nice looking bike, for sure...