I spent last week working on the Triumph bicycle that is sitting in the garage. I've spent more than what it's worth on it... =/
But hey, it'll be the use that I'll get the most value out of. The bicycle is actually filthy, as if it hasn't been cleaned in some 20-30 years of use, and there is LOADS of gunk on it. I managed to date it to 1969 by reading the writing on the Sturmey Archer gears on the rear wheel.
This is the front wheel - look at that muck on it! No pictures of the rear wheel, but its a LOT worse than this.
I've taken off the rear wheel and started cleaning it... I've had to take it apart almost completely.
And look at the shine on the rear wheel after cleaning! (took 2 hours....)
This is what the gear stuff and chains look like! MANKY!!
Cleaning up in progress:
Look at that chain! much better, aint it?! Took like, more than 3 hours I think.... lol.
I'm such a fan of fixing/repairing/restoring things! Getting your mits dirty sometimes can be SO rewarding... this feels so good to work on this project. Hope to have the bicycle set up by sometime late next week and I can ride around.. yay! Another method of getting around, without walking and without my motorbike.