Senior Retro Guru
Very nice bike and find, although initial pics showed a rather shocking condition.
If I'm not mistaken, Litespeed offered a choice when it comes to the frame finish. So polished is a variant, and not related to a year or model.
Good job in documenting but also addressing the issues
I'm sure this is about to turn to a hot ride again.
The CroMo fork is to me perfectly fine, and the weight indicates that this was good quality product too.
Just polish it up again.
Personally, I would rather look for a replacement of the stem, never liked this Zoom kind of style with widening of the quill towards the top.
The pictures don't do the initial condition justice. I think I winced and sighed when I first saw it. The last owner looked at me, I looked at the bike then him. I made a dumb face like "how could you..."
I like the polished. Plus this was an additional process when being made. Cleans up very nicely in some spots. The dirt and grime wiped right off to show a shiny finish.
Will consider the fork, thank you. The rust just knocks right off with a scouring pad. If I use it, I may clean thoroughly then clear coat to lock in whatever patina remains.
Oh no...that stem was trash. I had no intentions of keeping that thing. It was worn out, rusted completely on the inside. I have a Titec Titanium stem in 1" but is unthreaded. That would be nice to use... though is unpolished.