What to do with this lovely 10-speed?

Would love some advice on what to do with this old thing that I've inherited from my mother.


I'm not entirely sure what the frame is, maybe a Fuji? Stem and handlebars are Sakae. 

I'd like to keep the frame (obviously), handlebars and stem but am not attached to anything else. I'd like to do some of it myself, but am no bike mechanic, so was hoping for some advice on what you would do with it if it were yours.

The rust is surface and should be fine after a sand and respray. I don't think I have the cash for Star Enamellers unfortunately.

I would like to keep it simple and have it for weekend riding. I already have my weekly commuter. I live where there are hills and have no desire to go fixed gear.

Any tips or ideas very, very welcomed. Thank you. Where would you go in Sydney to get it some love?


Here's some other shots. 

I also have this Apollo which I was thinking I could donate for parts to whomever does the work for me.



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Comment by KimR on October 8, 2011 at 5:33pm
You can get the frame sand blasted for abput $40, or do it your self with an electric drill and wire brush attachments. I have stripped two steel frame 27 inch road bikes and had them powder coated, happy with the results (you can see some of my photos on this site). The powder coating cost $80 but you might get it a bit cheaper. You could customise a bit like add a chromed fork or  turn it into a 5 speed and drop the front derailleur and big chain ring.
Comment by Bruce White on October 9, 2011 at 8:38am

It looks fine as is. In fact it looks like an "after" shot of a bike I just did up.

But saying that nice new white-walled tyres lifted mine a lot.

Comment by Kimberley on October 9, 2011 at 10:55am
Thanks Kim. Anywhere in Sydney you would recommend for the powder coating? And I see Bruce that you are a traditionalist when it comes to "restoration". I think under the circumstances I do need to keep the costs down by not doing too much to it. I don't think the bike is worth all that much... but I like that it has some family history so want to keep it going for a while longer.
Comment by KimR on October 9, 2011 at 2:20pm
Hi Kimberley. I use North Shore Powder Coaters at Artarmon. They did this frame for me http://www.sydneycyclist.com/photo/mixte, was happy with the result . That Apollo frame looks pretty good, I like the idea of donating it for work on the other bike (I always need more bikes!) I've sent you a frined request. Drop me an email via this web site if you would like any more info.


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