I found this Supercycle Classic Cruiser on the side of the road while cycling on garbage day and ended up wheeling it beside me as I rode home. It needs a good deal of care to bring it back to cruising state. Too bad I found it so late in the season, because I don’t have the space to work on it until the spring.
It’s hard to say what year it was made — a sticker on the stem points to 1997, but discussion on-line pins it at about 2000 — but judging from the way the rust has formed on it and how the tires look aged but not worn, I’m going to guess that it sat untouched in the former owner’s backyard for several years. For example, half of each wheel is covered in rust, while the other half is only tarnished.
The chrome fenders are rusted beyond anything that I can restore. I’m going to hit them with gun oil and light steel wool and then pickle them in naval jelly before deciding whether or not to paint them with Rust Coat. Similar can be said of the handlebars and wheels, which aren’t too bad. The cranks are very rusted, as are the brakes, but can be restored by being disassembled and then hand sanded for a few hours.
The pedals will be replaced with BMX pedals and if the bearings will allow, rear BMX stander pegs will be installed.
My brother and some of his friends went downhill cycling at Blue Mountain this past weekend. A friend of his shot this with his GoPro helmet-mounted HD camera and just watching the video makes my heart race almost enough to scare me into sticking to road biking. My brother is riding behind the camera.