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hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
4,231
Fairborn, Ohio
Things To AVOID Doing To Your Prize Relic …..

Wash it.
Soak it in CLR.
Fiddle with wear and tear flaws in the paint, using a nut-pick.
Rub it with an old wool, cotton or synthetic sock soaked in kerosene.
Polish it out, with four-ought steel wool and bacon drippings.
Clean it.
Rub on it with half of a raw potato.
Wipe it down using a green Scotchbrite pad and denatured alcohol.
Use a Mr. Clean MAGIC ERASER on it.
Clear-coat the machine with Krylon Matte-Finish spray paint.
Apply boiled Linseed-Oil to all painted parts. Let the oil dry.
Apply Armor-All to all rubber parts.
Apply Olive-Oil to all leather parts.
Apply Marvel Mystery-Oil to all moving parts.
Apply Vick's Vaporub to all nickel-plated parts.
Polish the Vaporub away after one-hour, with a seersucker apron.
Display it behind the biggest window in the house that has a Southern exposure.
Attend to any chips in the paint with a decent toilet-bowl cleaner and a Q-Tip.


Some Things You CAN DO With Your Prize Relic …..
Dust it with a brand-new, authentic, feather-duster.
Enjoy your machine for as long as you care to.

May the winds of good fortune continue to fill your sails, young lady ….


….. patric
 
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stoney

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 19, 2013
3,414
65
Fuquay Varina, NC, United States
Things To AVOID Doing To Your Prize Relic …..

Wash it.
Soak it in CLR.
Fiddle with wear and tear flaws in the paint, using a nut-pick.
Rub it with an old wool, cotton or synthetic sock soaked in kerosene.
Polish it out, with four-ought steel wool and bacon drippings.
Clean it.
Rub on it with half of a raw potato.
Wipe it down using a green Scotchbrite pad and denatured alcohol.
Use a Mr. Clean MAGIC ERASER on it.
Clear-coat the machine with Krylon Matte-Finish spray paint.
Apply boiled Linseed-Oil to all painted parts. Let the oil dry.
Apply Armor-All to all rubber parts.
Apply Olive-Oil to all leather parts.
Apply Marvel Mystery-Oil to all moving parts.
Apply Vick's Vaporub to all nickel-plated parts.
Polish the Vaporub away after one-hour, with a seersucker apron.
Display it behind the biggest window in the house that has a Southern exposure.
Attend to any chips in the paint with a decent toilet-bowl cleaner and a Q-Tip.


Something You CAN DO To Your Prize Relic …..
Dust it with a brand-new, authentic, feather-duster.
Enjoy your machine for as long as you care to.

May the winds of good fortune continue to fill your sails, young lady ….


….. patric
As usual, eloquently said. Mr. Patric is a man to listen to.
 

Rustngrease

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 2, 2019
68
37
Tokeland
I recently inherited a mystery machine from my late great husband. Know nothing on this subject. Eager for answers on this antique bicycle that is in my care. It has a marker on it that reads H.B. Smith Machine CO/PAT. OCT 26th. NOV 23rd. 1880 AND something 29th. 1884 JULY 7 something THEN ITS MARKED BELOW EITHER 2678 OR 3678 THE METAL IS KIND OF WORN....
I plan to include pictures of this extraordinary thing. I hate to be a bother, but if anyone should let me know exactly what I have come into. I would be forever grateful! I am older, but am actually wondering upon what it would feel like to ride this machine. If I should try too! THANKYOU
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Beautiful!!! It will be very rewarding to take er for a spin
 

bikemonkey

I live for the CABE
Jun 25, 2016
1,247
67
North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
Great find but I dont think I would try to ride it. It is very old and people were pretty small and didnt weigh much.It would be tragic to have something break.
Yes, and the bike might get damaged, too. :cool:

Before riding this machine (or making an attempt) you may wish to read Don's recent misadventure in this CABE thread, "My custom bed bike build".

BTW - Don (DonChristie) is the first member who replied to your post and ended by saying, "You should ride it!"...
 
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