April 19, 2005
Uncovering the past
Tonight I finished scrubbing as much rust as I could from the front fender of this bike. Itís shiny on the outside, mostly shiny on the underside with some rust that I just couldnít remove. Add 30 minutes to the front fender time!
After doing the fender, I was curious about the stickers on this bike. Dick Mier of New Richmond, I have your bike! I carefully uncovered 5 New Richmond Bicycle Registration stickers. The sixth one was only partially there and could not be read, but Iím guessing itís the one for 1971-72.
It appears that Dick Mier owned this bicycle from 1966 to 1976 and was diligent about buying and displaying his registration stickers. It would be fun if I tracked Dick down and showed him the final project. It will not look exactly like the original but it will be cool looking.
Removing stickers to uncover the past is not really part of the restoration, but it is interesting. Now that I found out this information I can remove all of the registration stickers from the bike. It will look much cleaner without five large stickers on the tubes and back fender.
Tire update: My tires arrived today but we weren't home, so I have to go to the post office tomorrow to pick them up. Now I hope they actually work on these rims. The seller said they would.
I started putting parts in plastic bags with notes on where they came from and how they go back together as I tear this thing down. I should then be able to put it all back together fairly quickly.
Progress seems slow, but I could have gotten a lot more done if I wasn't trying to uncover the past. But for curiosity's sake, I'm happy I took the time to peel back those stickers.
Posted by carl1236 at April 19, 2005 11:32 PM | Bicycle Restoration
Cool! I'm excited to read more.
Posted by: nathan at April 20, 2005 12:04 PM