A couple of weeks ago I struck a deal with an old neighbour to swap bikes; she wanted a comfortable upright bike and I was keen on her 1986 touring bike.
In 1986 a few years after I was born she had a custom built Harry Quinn touring bike built for her. It was handbuilt in St Florence, Pembrokeshire by Harry and his son and in 1989 she road the bike from Lands End to John O Groats in nine days of cycling; but since then the bike has had much use but carefully stored in her garage.
Whilst I’m constantly told I don’t need another bike I had to have this one. It was rich in history and beautifully made; and for a 27 year old bike it had all of its original parts!
Whilst I wanted to saviour the restoration of the bike I couldn’t resist getting started. I began with wiping the years of grime off the bike, with a toothbrush and some Muckoff it came away easily and after wiping down with a sponge parts were already shining.
The wheels were a lot tougher to clean up, the spokes were dull with a thick layer of grime, a scouring pad took most of this off but having to clean each spoke individually was tedious to say the least.
A friend called by to take a look, he soon disapeared but shortly returned with a tube of Autosol a German made metal polish. We tested it out and the results were amazing; the brake levers polished up incredibly well within minutes.
With the success of cleaning the levers I couldn’t resist testing the polish on other parts and there was almost instant success; to take things a step further I got the Dremel out of the garage and fitted a polishing tip, instantly the dulled metal finishes became almost mirror like.
The mirror was made by Mirrycle in Boulder, Colorado. It needed a clean and the bolts needed tightening but other than that its like new. I have never used a mirror before and I really like it although I don’t think I will be fitting my other bikes with mirrors. You can find instructions and replacement part numbers on the mirrycle website: http://www.mirrycle.com/instructions/original%20instructions.pdf