|Eliza's new-to-her vintage B-66-S before treatment.|
|The 1978 B-66 that's now on Bert. Poor thing probably hasn't seen Proofide since the factory.|
This is how much Proofide I was told I should use.
Like the old Brylcreem ad says, a little dab will do ya...
Here is Bert's saddle when I was all done.
Lookin' pretty good, Bert.
Since I last griped about Bert, the correct Shimano shifter has been found and installed, the rear wheel has been pulled back so the chain isn't too loose, and the Wald rack and a Crane bell have been installed, with the expert help of both Coreen and Keith at EBC. I'm still figuring out the little chainguard rub and trying to decide if the handling only feels squirrelly when the trailer bike is on it or if the headset needs attention or what. But all in all I feel pretty good that I've at least been in the room watching and taking mental notes and that I've gotten my hands good and dirty getting Bert to the point where he's useable, even if my husband never ends up riding the darn thing.
redbike with her new Steco rack with integrated kickstand (ordered online through the legendary David Hembrow's Dutch Bike Bits, because redbike couldn't special order it through their suppliers), and the same kind of rear light that Pashleys have installed. They also tightened the tension bolt in the vintage Brooks B66S for me because they noticed the leather was practically touching the rails. Thanks guys!!
my antique quarter-sawn oak egg crate, to complete Eliza's transformation into Super Grocery Bike. I carefully lined everything up so the crate is centred and the screws for the homemade clamp have lots of clearance. The back edge of the crate is just off the rack to give me the most possible butt clearance for riding comfort.
The egg crate is now solidly clamped onto the rear rack.
Eliza is looking so useful and beautiful and timeless!
About a half hour after Proofide application, the saddle is looking much less shiny.
I'll still wait overnight before I take it for a spin.
|As a finishing touch, I added fabric flowers to her front basket (I had these on the egg crate last year).|
Eliza's ready for her first grocery run!
PS: This post is part of our series for the LGRAB 2011 Summer Games! This is a "perform a maintenance task on your bike" post.