Replace Fenders and Rims ?


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jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
110
179
Lake Zurich, IL, United States
#1
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
 

TR6SC

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 12, 2016
968
2,388
66
Eureka, CA
#2
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!!!
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
11,142
6,568
crown point<indiana
#3
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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Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
523
113
Shawnee, United States
#8
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.
 

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