I started a thread asking for some advice in the wrong forum, so I'll develop the project here (if that's ok with the mods?)
Basically, I'm a first timer, and absolutely out of the loop with the mountain biking world! I currently ride a singlespeed Globe Roll 01, and a cyclocross Trek CrossRip Elite. I'd really like to breath some life back into the first decent bike I ever had, and was a christmas present from my mother, which I know she struggled to afford at the time. This adds to the sentimentality of the bike.
I haven't got a massive budget, in the region of 150 - 200 max. This will also be something I develop over the year, ready for Spring 2014 maybe?
I'll repost a picture of the bike here:
My first question is about cleaning: What's the best/safest way to clean the group set? Any product in particular? If it's got some life left in it, I'd be happy to clean it up than replace, but I'm not averse to replacing with a decent low/mid range Shimano kit.
The Manitou SX forks have been recommended, but I'm more inclined to look at a modern fork. I'd like to re-use or replace with modern parts where possible. I love the idea of restoring it faithfully, but it's not a particularly 'special' model so for me it's about making it useable again!
Where can I get a decent and affordable bike stand for carrying out the work? I don't know what they're called...
Any advice is absolutely welcome! I absolutely love this forum!