So, here goes my first ever 'build' thread so bear with me, ok?
As I mentioned a few days ago on the 'chat' forum I found a 1985 Claud Butler Canyon in Burgess Hill, by chance really. I was heading to London and flicking through the local free-ads pages I stumbled across her. I rang the guy up, headed over there on the way back and was instantly smitten by those antler bars and lounge geometry of the frame. I won't say what I paid but have just spent more on a new chain and cables for my roadbike
Today I have stripped her down and discovered that under what looks like a coating of lava lies a real gem of a bike. Everything came off easily (bar the stuck post
) and there are no hidden disasters from what I can see.
The BB looks in great condition, covered in hard grease but not pitted or anything. All the threads are as clean as a whistle headset is A1, and there is no rust anywhere on the frame at all. The chainrings are barely used, and the block looks equally good albeit caked in grime.
Only problems I can see thus far are
a) aforementioned post is stuck
b) bearings in the wheels a little gritty
c) The back chain/wheel protector is cracked
That's it really, so all in all absolutely chuffed with her...
Polishing/cleaning/post removal begins in earnest this weekend and then the tricky bit, what to do build-wise?
I am tempted to just rebuild her catalogue spec. All the bits are in great condition so basically would be pretty straight forward (maybe some new wheels?) to put her back as she was. Must admit I haven't ridden an '85 MTB so have no idea what it will ride like. Should I upgrade a bit? And if so to what? Thoughts would be most appreciated.
I will add some pics later when I get in, but here is a pic of her as I bought her last Friday...
'79 Gazelle AA Champion Mondial , '79 Koga Myata Gents Luxe-S, '83 Raleigh Gran Sport
'85 Claud Butler Canyon, '89 Giant Super Sierra, '92 Rocky Mountain Stratos