Our teenage daughter has been riding a fixed gear bike for transportation the past couple of years. It’s been serving her reasonably well, but she’s been saving up for a road bike with gears so she can participate in road training rides with her mountain bike team and cover more ground with less effort. She decided it would be fun to purchase an older bike and refurbish it as a spring project. By lucky chance, a good friend of ours was selling a 1993 Bridgestone RB-2 in her size, so she snatched it up. We started work on the project today.
The first thing was to take the bike down to the bare frame. We shared tasks, with her working on removing the saddle and bars while I removed the brakes, crank arms, and derailleurs. Once we had all the parts in a box, she cleaned the frame, wheels, and other components as I stripped and re-packed the headset, bottom bracket, hubs, and freewheel. She then removed the old tires and tubes so I could true the wheels. As she touched up and waxed the frame I took an inventory of what we’ll need to complete the project. We wrapped up the afternoon on the computer, ordering the parts we’ll need to finish the bike.
The parts should arrive in about a week. Then comes the best part of any refurb project – reassembling the bike. We’ll report back on how it goes!