Well, it's almost time to put everything back together. I've spent some time cleaning the remaining parts.
The seatpost was slightly rusted in so once out I needed to sand it down slightly with some wet and dry. The bars and stem just needed a bit of a wipe down with some WD40 and some meths.
The frame and forks are in pretty good condition considering they are 17 years old. It was pretty grimey though and it took some serious cleaning with car shampoo, meths, WD40 and T-Cut!
Unfortunately the guy that had the bike before me was slightly over-cautious and has postcoded the frame in four different places using model paint, permanent markers and UV pens! I'm not sure how I'll get that off. There are also what looks like gloss paint spatters on the underside of the downtube. Basically the frame looks a bit tired but I can't afford a respray so I'll have to live with it.
Finally I fitted the new tyres. I can't remember the last time I fitted a 1.8" tyre - it looks so skinny! Even the 2.1" on the front looks a little svelte compared to what I am used to!
I think that everything is ready to be put back together now. Roll on the weekend (or tomorrow!).
'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)