JUST when i least need more bikes, filth and grease, this pops up for the the price of decals i need for the 'other' bike. What can you do? A real heartbreaker! Marin Eldridge 1991 dark zolatone.
I thought whilst looking through a pile of rough, scrappy bicycles, I had hit a pine mountain as the fork and bars are really orange and not the blood orange i remember the eldridge as being so. "Ah well" eldridge is not to be overlooked as the spec isn't far off the pine mountain, maybe by hubs, cranks and not much else...
Anyway, a quick appraisal of the bike proved as 'a tad rough' and 'needs attention' I can dig that
.I just wanted to fall onto this before the stinson as this one has what i was looking for. i.e. semi-slick, full tyre guards and a big ol' frame!
It is already and, will again be a bike for tarmac, dry trails and bridalways. Tradition says i would need tyres, tubes, blocks, chain, cassette and a full rebuild as a minimum but, things have gone my way as it's just chain (poss cassette) and blocks for safety if nowt else.
The work started today with the sun on my back, in the garden! I chose to tackle the spannering in sections rather than a full strip down, only to have a box full of bits etc....first up was stem and general steering matters. stem was stubborn but, light corrosion really and can out easily enough. Headset was cleaned and re-greased. front cantis were remove cleaned and bosses lubes up. I have not removed bars as i want to keep original foam grips, the rarely survive removal!!.
All bolts have been checked for seize and integrity, clean bill of health.
I forgot to do a full frontal shot, bare with me as those pics are fone calibre, crap fone calibre
Headset locknut was swapped out for less rusty example.
A quick scrape over sorts the corrosion.
As far as neon goes, not too faded!!!
pic makes it a lot worse than eye capture.
The front wheel axle was just nasty, a full break out and clean was in order, no money spent here just a clean scrub and re-grease then, back in it all went, a million times smoother, not buttery but, sufficient.
Bottom bracket was stubborn but no match for what i had in store for it....
once i blew away the chilli powder, the bb is a un51, very smooth and zero radial or axial play, back in for you busta'.
I will update progress day by day as i'm 'mid-bike' in the task upon me.
cheers for now.
Ride yorkshire on an old bike.