Progress has been a little slow on the Eldridge recently. With one thing and another I've not had much time to spend on it but now I've got a few more bits sorted. Firstly my new 7sp freehub arrived so I was able to finish building the rear wheel. Now I just need the Fire XC tyres I ordered to arrive.
Next up were the brakes. The cantis are in pretty good shape but they had been badly set up and so the pads are completely ruined. I'm waiting on some new Kool Stops to arrive but in the meantime I have cleaned up the cantis.
The LX lever shifter combos are still in good shape - I had to glue the little gear indicator window back together but apart from that they just needed a bit of a wipe down.
The front mech was pretty grimey but a ten minutes with some Gunk and a toothbrush sorted that. In fact it looks great, especially considering it's 17 years old!
Finally I attacked the rear mech. This was super grimey so I thought I'd totally strip it down before cleaning it. Having removed the circlip I set about removing the breakaway bolt. Sadly I am a total spanner and I failed to keep hold of the top cap. The spring underneath fired it up and into oblivion. Despite searching the garden I can't find it.
Does anyone have a knackered old mech that I can scavenge for bits? How about selling me the bit I need? I also need a rubber seal from the top jockey wheel (that one wasn't my fault!).
So I finished stripping it down and I cleaned it all up and put the bits I had left back together. It looks awesome!
Tomorrow I'm planning to clean the frame and forks up. Watch this space...
'92 Marin Eldridge Grade
'92 Kona Fire Mountain (work in progress)
'99 Kona Cinder Cone (stolen twice, rescued twice)
'06 Orange 5 Pro XT (my main off-road squeeze)
'08 Specialized Rockhopper Disc (the wife's bike)