Today we did a bunch of clean-up at our house, including selling some items on Facebook Marketplace, mowing the yard, gardening on the deck, and gathering things for a Goodwill drop-off. We also tried out a new ultrasonic cleaner for Mariko’s jewelry. I threw in my high school class ring, and it came out nice and shiny! Also, my glasses were super-clean. It was a big gross to see how much gunk came out from that. I clean the lenses every couple of days but I guess the hinges and other parts of the glasses were filled with dirt. Yuck!
In the afternoon I spent a little time working on my bicycle restoration project. It’s a lot of fun! I took some steel wool to the seat post and it cleaned up nicely. I also worked a bit on one of the wheels, and cleaned a few other parts. I’m going to need some proper polishing compound for the other metal parts, and I am looking forward to seeing them shine. 😀
I brought my old Peugeot bicycle back to Texas from their home in California. This bike, which was actually my mom’s, is I believe a mid-70sPeugeot AO 8 model, and is the one I rode from San Francisco to Torrance way back in 1982. I joined a YMCA trip with a couple of my friends, and we had a blast! Definitely some good times. 😁
The bicycle has been hanging in my parents’ garage pretty much since the mid-80s and it needs a lot of love to get it back to the condition I’d like to see it in, but I have time and am in no rush to finish the restoration project. I just want to take my time and enjoy it.
To get it back into riding condition will be fairly easy: replace tires/tubes/rim tape, brake and shifting cables, and brake pads. To make it look nice will take a bit more effort, with the removal of rust and corrosion requiring a lot of elbow grease. I’ll also re-tape the handlebars and perhaps buy a new seat. A new chain would probably be a good idea too!
Unfortunately, the classic Peugeot decals are flaking off and I don’t know if there are any replacements for them. I also will need to touch up some nicks in the paint (gotta find some purple metallic nail polish), but it will be fun to work on little by little!