It’s taken a while but…

the restoration is complete – hoorah 🙂

Once the chopper was returned with the paint on I claimed the glory of putting on the stickers  to then go back to the paintshop to have its final coats of protective lacquer applied – thanks Harry for a great job 🙂

It was then time for the rebuild to start.

I’d decided to replace headset bearings as well as bottom bracket bearings as this was the least the bike deserved after 40’ish years of use.

So it was forks in first followed by handlebars/stem (which I’d cleaned up). Then the (professionally re-upholstered) seat, sissy bar/springs and rack. Closely followed by chain guard and gear lever mechanism. Followed closely (well over a  few days) by brakes, mudguards, wheels then front chainring/pedals and chain. Only thing left was setting the gears up, adjusting the brakes.

And finally the stand attached.

My 1974 purple chopper was ready for it’s first run out, up and down our street anyway.

In my next post I’ll post some photos of the completed project and even one of me riding it.

A huge thanks to Paul, my neighbour who luckily enjoys working on old things (the bike, not me) and if he doesn’t have a tool for the job, he makes one – simples!!

About barneybear69

'middle aged' cyclist from North East aiming to do the LEJOG in August 2011
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