Ok, next step completed: The bike is totally stripped and ready to be sandbalsted and painted
My first choice is have them paint it with the same colour, light gold, if it's not too expensive. Plan B is plain white. Fork, stem, saddle and handlebar will all be black so either main colour is OK for me but I'd like to keep an original breeze about.
The stripping process was about as painful as I expected. Most of the parts came of easy but as I told before the saddle was a bit of a wrestling match. The real challenge was, BB which was totally stuck. Fortunately I got lucky when I called the nearest shop for advice. They told me that during spring most shops only take their own bikes for maintenance but that I should call this guy The Bikedoctor, or "Pyörätohtori" in Finnish. Big thanks for him, (iso kiitos hänelle)! It took him about 5 minutes to rip the BB out. After that I was afraid I would have to buy a large wrench to get the top screw of the headset but lucky again: plain armgrip was enough! Everything else went nicely and this is how the bike lays now, take a good last glimpse of the original look! The most I hate losing the cool "Race Light" tag, I think it's the best looking tag in the bike! Hope I find similiar sticker/decal somewhere down the line.
The stripping process also gave me a good overall picture of what will be done, so here is a component list and what's gonna happen with each of them.
New rigid, old is too short for all-mountain stem. Probably something like Gusset Jury: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=17745
The original 34, the other two rings will go
Will be single speed so no derailleurs. RD will become chain tensioner, I'm guessing it'll look quite hardcore!
Shimano V-brakes for starters, maybe BB7's in the future
Kona XC/BC Riser
Gravity GAP OS
WTB Speed V Sport SE
Hubs, spokes, rims
WTB Prowler MX Tyre - 26 x 2.1 Folding Black, if they fit!
Phew, lotta text and lots to do, I'll post you again as the frame gets back from painters!