Single Status Update
Since I am now officially discharged from the glorious Greek Army (even enjoyed my 2nd Lt. commission for a full month), it's Easter vacations over here and I am literally between careers, I spend my days
sleeping and doing nothingfinishing up old jobs.
One of them was repairing my old mountain bike I got in 1992, which was just catching rust and dust since 1997 or so. Damn, I can't even recall what was the last occasion I rode it...anyway, I actually had two bikes to repair (one was my sister's MB, just a bit newer than mine).
For my sister's MB there wasn't much to do, actually: although the tires were a bit cracked I kept them anyway and replaced/patched the air tubes. I also opened up the wheel axles, cleaned up the ball bearings, re-greased and sealed them again, just in case. Brakes and speed changing mechanisms were all in good conditions, so I didn't touch these. The chain however was dry and rusty after all these years, but after oiling and greasing it up it seemed to run fine, so I let that one be. Voila', one working MB! Took it for a test ride...all fine, for now.
My old MB required a bit more work however: its chain had snapped from the last time I tried to start a repair (in 2004, d'oh!), and one air tube was FUBAR. Tires were also cracked from sitting deflated all these years, but less so than my sis'. I went through the same axle/bearing routine, got a new chain with a "sigma connector" (no tools required), since I have no chain tool, patched an old air tube, got a new one too...oiled new chain...aligned wheels...and off it went, hitting the road once more. Yikes...that's 17 years after I bought it :-/
Costs? 25 Euros in new parts (1 chain, 2 new air tubes, one spare chain, lubricants) and ca. 9 hours of workmanship. Heh, the army fatigues proved useful too for the dirtiest parts of the job ;-)
My mountain bike
So now I can proudly ride around what now looks like a vintage 26" MB, that wasn't exactly top notch even in 1992 :-p