I bought my first lot of BMX bikes from Paul back in the Spring of 2013. Paul is a seasoned picker and continues to come through with great finds. Last week he gave my first dibs on a great lot that included this 1987 Schwinn Freeform Predator. Though it was fully original down to the reflectors and chain guard, a sure sign that it was never really ridden, it had a lot of storage wear including major discoloration to the white components. Restoration of white plastic is super challenging and requires a combination of bleach and peroxide treatment. After a week of letting the discs sit in the sun coated in peroxide, they turned out very nice. The tires on this Schwinn were completely toast and melted as they were being removed. They have been replaced with vintage Duro white snake belly tires that have been bleached and cleaned. This restore took a LOT of time due to the plastic accesories and white components.
My friend Benjamin from Mechanic’s Coffee in Verona, PA wanted his 1972 Raleigh Super Course rebuilt into a functional city commuter so that he can travel easily through Verona where he works. Found on the side of the road and destined for the landfill, Benjamin rescued this gem with dreams of it becoming a useful member of society again instead of being either an old forgotten high end racer or an addition to the tons of trash we fill the earth with every year without regard to its worth.
New chunky Vittoria 27x 1 3/4 tires, new housing and cables, and recycled grips, chain, and classic mountain bike levers brought this Raleigh back into action. Classic Stronglight cranks, Raleigh Pedals, CB Stem and wheel set remain as well as the 1972 Super Course Frame and Fork.
Have Fun Benjamin and enjoy the ride!