Wednesday, September 28, 2011
project #1: Fix up an old bike
Yes! We found these rusty old gems at the goodwill last week. Franklin said, if they don't get sold soon, they'll get destroyed and tossed in the dumpster. A sad sad tale. So we liberated them! and are going to take them apart & fix them up. Neither of us have any experience with this sort of thing, but we're really good at being obsessed, and that's really all you need, right? Anyway, tonight, we're going to take them apart and try to salvage all the rusted chrome parts by using this old trick involving aluminum foil & cola. I guess the phosphoric acid in coke is great for removing rust? and the aluminum foil is just abrasive enough to scrape off the rust without scratching up the chrome. We tested it out on the handle bar and it totally works - hot dog!
Also, this bike project is project #1 in a long list of DIY projects we have in mind. Let's call it... Operation: Make Stuff. All of which, among other things, will be documented here. Hooray! Here are the rules: You must finish each project before starting a new one. It has to be something you've never done before. And most importantly - you have to work on it together!
Anyway, it'll be good for us! and we'll acquire some strange skills in the process, haha.