Replace Fenders and Rims ?

Discussion in 'Project Rides' started by jchicago, Dec 10, 2017.

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 10, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I'm doing my first fix-up/restoration.
    My fenders are chrome colored, but a little dented here and there with some spray paint.
    Also, my rims are super rusted.

    I'm planning to soak the rims in Evaporust.
    I also see new rims and fenders for sale all the time.
    My question on the fenders (and rims)...is it better to restore the originals, or are they something I should just get new ones for? I know there is significance in frames, pedals, stems, handlebars, but does this apply to fenders like these and rims?

    Elgin Oriole Rear.JPG

    Elgin Oriole Front Fender Light Hole.JPG
     
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  2. #2 Posted Dec 10, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I don't think many people will tell you to replace, unless that is, they trade you for the parts. Cover that hole with a light. Massage the fenders with a couple of pieces of shaped wood and a mallet. Those and the triple drop rims are perfect. Nice bike!!!
     
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  3. #3 Posted Dec 13, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    If you could find fenders at a reasonable price in decent shape I would replace.These type projects are always fun because you can do whatever you want and nothing is wrong.
     
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  4. #4 Posted Dec 22, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I think that bike looks great just as it is. As long as it' a safe rider, I'd leave it.
    Ride on
    Sean
     
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  5. #5 Posted Dec 23, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Clean that thing up, grease it and go. Cool Elgin.
     
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  6. #6 Posted Dec 23, 2017

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    We like old stuff because it's old...leave shiny to the new.
    If mine I'd maybe remove the red paint, dust the bike off, overhaul and ride.
    Unlikely it'll get more attention than it does the way it looks now.
     
  7. #7 Posted Dec 23, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Are the fenders stainless? I would straighten and keep them, they match the patina.
     
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  8. #8 Posted Dec 29, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Shine up the fenders (and the rims if they're chrome) with a "pad" made from aluminum foil and briskly rub the chrome with the pad under some running water. If the water and aluminum foil doesn't cut it for you, use Coca-Cola instead of water.