It has been a little over two weeks since I bought my bicycle. I had no idea what I was getting into or the journey this bike would take me on (aside from the little rides around the neighborhood).
Here is a photo of my bike day she came home with me:
|My bicycle, Nora, the day I purchased her.|
Yes, I named my bike Nora..... long story.
After a week of riding Nora around the neighborhood I decided to shine up the chrome on her fenders and wheels. The wheel I polished came out pretty good, but the fenders were a nightmare. What I thought was a weird patina dulling the chrome turned out to be chrome-colored spray paint. As I polished the fenders they turned from dull metallic to a rusty, pitted mess!
That's when I decided to give Nora a makeover, including a new paint job, fenders, wheels, etc. While taking stock of needed replacements, I got curious about a few features I noticed on the frame, like the little fins at the back, the funky shape of the luggage rack and the strange bracket beneath the handle bars.
So I went online and did some research and disovered that my bike is actually a 1963 Sears Spaceliner. Here is what she looked like in her glory days, very space-agey:
|1963 Sears Spaceliner. I think the light kit inspired the design of |
the Starship Enterprise.
|Nora, all sanded and ready for painting.|
|Fins on the frame!|
My husband inspected the bearings on the bottom bracket and headset. He said they needed to be repacked, so he took care of that detail and I can't believe what a difference a bit of grease has made! Very smooth!! I had no idea how stiff the headset was until I tried it out after the bearings got the new grease!
|Bracket for headlight assembly.|
No wrinkles on these stockings!