Hi folks a long time lurker and enjoy reading all the restoration threads and now possibly have one of my own.
First a bit of history about my bike;
I purchased this Gary Fisher Montare back in 1996 to go off road with my friends. It took a fair bit of hammer as we were younger back then (and therefore felt invincible) so did a lot of crazy things. We stopped mountain biking around 1998 and this bike just sat in my parent’s garage for a few years until my mate wanted a bike for commuting so I gave him this. I then pretty much forgot about it until the other month we were in the pub and he said he was thinking of taking up biking again but wanted a Hybrid and if he brought a new bike did I want my old GF back? I was totally surprised that he still had it. He said it had been sitting in his shed for the past few years and only used now and again as the shocks were gone.
I have managed to repair the shocks Q21R by using some Kronos springs. I took it out for the first time over the weekend and it was like getting back with an old girlfriend, very familiar and very nostalgic – it was great. It is however looking a bit ragged around the edges and this is what I want to resolve if possible, as i think it deserves a bit of TLC
Apart from the tyres and brake blocks everything is as it was when I first brought it 15 years ago (nothing else at all has been changed) and if possible I would like to keep it that way, also everything still works, I couldn’t believe it – even the gears change smoothly!!
Please have a look at the pictures and the main questions I have are as follows;
From the pictures you can see that the blasted aluminium frame has got some corrosion or pits in it, I don’t know if this is the lacquer or the frame itself, how would i go about removing this?
Could i do this myself or is it is professional frame restorer job?
If i have to have the frame restored where would i get the decals from?
Also what is wrong with the diacompe break lever? Is this also corrosion or lacquer? Again how would I remove this?
I will no doubt have other questions but these are the most immediate ones at the moment, Thanks