Introduction: Another Bicycle Project? or a Masterpiece? OK, the Former ...

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So I was tired of riding my wife's beach cruiser around the neighborhood when chance dropped a used bike in my lap. The brakes squealed, the colors weren't bad--but the the stickers were childish. My new bike needed a new paint job! (And a tune up)

Step 1: Ok, Strip!

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Preparation:
Okay, I was a little short on time, so I only stripped down the wheels, rims, kickstand, and brakes. The rest was covered with newspaper to prevent over spray.

First, I stripped the stickers off the frame. Then I used a heat gun to soften the glue that would not come off and scraped off with a knife. Then I sanded down the frame with sandpaper.

Step 2: Masking and Painting

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The rims were originally a grey color. I taped between the spokes with 1/2" masking tape because honestly who has time to tear down rims completely?

Then I sprayed the bike with 3 coats of black spray paint and 2 coats of clear.

Step 3: Where's the Seat Post?

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So... in my haste of creating this awesome bike I dropped the seat post down into the seat tube.

Step 4: Improvise

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I carved a new seat post from a tree I felled in my yard. May need a little tweaking in the future, but works for now.

Step 5: Ride

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Before and After

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Comments

Kiteman (author)2015-05-07

Get a length of dowel, thick wire etc, and put a blob of Sugru on the side of the tip.

Reach it down into the dropped tube, press the stick & Sugru into the inside of the tube, then leave for 24 hours.

The next day, turn the bike over, and steadily pull on the stick to draw the tube out.

Harvard82 (author)Kiteman2015-05-21

Thanks for the idea. Where do you get sugru? The closest thing I can think of is JB Weld.

I'll have to try plan B, or maybe it's Q by this point. Plan wooden stick was an immediate failure...lol

Kiteman (author)Harvard822015-05-21

Online, get it here: https://sugru.com/, or stores like Amazon.

In the real world, try searching for Sugru+stockist+your town.

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