VINTAGE WHEEL RENOVATION
Bought on the London Fixed Gear Single Speed forum the Élan arrived nicely boxed and in 'original' condition.
The frame is good for its age: one or two rust spots, but with all decals intact.
The gears and brakes are in need of a clean up but are rust free. Where there is work to be done is in the wheel department. The tyres have perished (as advertised) so they'll be replaced by amber walled Vittoria Open Corsas. The hubs need servicing which is to be expected but the galvanised spokes have gone grungey and the rims are a bit blackened in places.
I've already started work on cleaning them up using the magic 'rim block' that I was introduced to at The London Cycle Workshop.
Talk about a trick of the trade! Rub away at the spokes for a few minutes and they start returning to their former glory.
The same applies to the rims.
I also have a tube of aluminium reviving cream (I'll add the name at next update) and this really adds a shine to the finish.
Below is a picture of the two wheels, one with the original tyre, one with a new Open Corsa. I've started cleaning up the former.
Here are some close ups of the wheels demonstrating the clean-up process.
And post some hub cleaning:
Rims, one original (but with new tyre)...
One cleaned up a bit...
I'm quite looking forward to getting stuck in with a tooth brush and some elbow grease. I suspect the spokes will be hard work (tempting to replace them?)
The good news is that the Élan is quoted in the original spec sheet as 10.8 Kgs which although not super light, is at least 3 Kgs lighter than the Koga-Miyata.