On the Bike Forums they have a challenge that is called the C&V Clunker Challenge.
It has a couple rules.
- A costs for bike and parts are to be $100 or less (USD)
- Any free or previously owned parts are to be costed at FMV (Fair Marker Value) and are part of the $100 cost.
- the bike must be ridden 100km (62.1371 miles) total preferably 100km at once or can be broken down.
- you have a 100 days to do this!
This year we started this on June 1. (last Day Sept 9th)
My entry for the fun event is this. i picked it up a couple weeks ago. and had did nothing with it a 1993 Anlen Road A1
Anlen is a Taiwan manufacturer and has been making entry level bikes for years. this is a commuter bike. They are common in Austria and the Czech republic. but almost unheard of here in the US.
This model the ROAD A1. is a Tange Double Butted frame . with Shimano 700cx componentry. it has black Zoom Braham handlebars.
My own goal along with this challenge will be that there will be no color on the bike except for the Frame tubing sticker. Only metallic finishes or shades of black/White.
The Frame is finished in this Stainless Steel looking finish. it maybe Stainless steel , it may not. it is really tough if it isn’t.
Got the bike stripped down and sanded the “Stainless Steel” with some 140 and 220 Grit Sandpaper. it came out pretty good. The bike was sitting outside for a period as there was some rust on it.the worse being the rusted Spokes and nipples.
I ended up soaking the nipples in PB Blaster for a couple days. and then i still had about 12 spokes break between both wheels. picked up some used spokes and nipples from the local CO-OP about $5.00 for all of them. I got the Wheels retensioned and trued. the Cassette was cleaned up and came out nicely. The cranks that it had in the pictures were trashed and couldnt be used. but found a pair of used Sugino cranks for free as the chainrings were bent and one chainring bolt was stuck on the crank, so out came the dremel and rebuilt them witha set of used Black FSA Chainrings i picked up for $5. I rebuilt and Adjusted the Bottom Bracket and reassembled.
sorry for the bad pics i will post better ones soon.
Update , finished the rebuild of the bike. only had to replace the Stem, Cranks, Saddle and cables/ Housing. Everything cleaned up well. even the chain. and the tires/tubes were in good shape and were reusable.
Control Tech Stem, and Zoom Brahma Handle Bars. Original 700CX Shifters/Brake Levers
Shimano 700CX Derailleurs and Sugino 175mm Cranks FSA Chainrings 46/36/24
Shimano 700CX Cantilever Brakes
Close Up of the Shimano 700CX Rear Derailleur with original 7 Speed HG Cassette.
I was quite impressed with the Shimano 700CX componentry, it is really nice stuff. very nicely finished and well built. The Anlen frame is nice, made with Tange Double Butted tubing. although i doubt that the finish is actually Stainless Steel, but it sure does act like it. after i stripped the clear coat. I took some 220 grit Paper and went with the grain to really make the finish pop.
- Initial Investment: $37.62
- Spokes (Used): $5.38
- FSA Chainrings (Used): $5.38
- Seat (Used) : $5.38
- Stem (Used): $5.38
- New Cables and Housing Scraps: $10.71
- Shimano SPD pedals (Used): $16.13
- Cranks (Used). $0.00
- Total: $86.02
- Make/Model: 1993 Anlen Road A1
- Size: 22″ Frame
- Tubing: Tange Double Butted Tubing
- Color: Stainless Steel
- Front Derailleur: Shimano 700CX (FD-C700) (OG)
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano 700CX (RD-C700) (OG)
- Shifters: Shimano 700CX (ST-C070) (OG)
- Brakes: Shimano 700CX Cantilevers (OG)
- Cranks: Sugino 175mm (FSA Chainrings 46/36/24)
- Pedals: Shimano SPD
- SeatPost: Ventura 27.2mm (OG)
- Seat: Specialized Body Geometry
- Stem: Control Tech
- Handlebars: Zoom Brahma (OG)
- Headset: YST Black (OG)
- Hubs: Shimano 700CX (Freehub R) (OG)
- Wheels: Araya TX350 (OG)
- Tires: Giant S3 700cx32
(OG)= Denotes Item was possibly original to bike
With a day left in the challenge i completed the riding at 70.62 miles. It was a lot of fun and its a good reminder that just because a bike is older, it does not make it worthless.
Next year if this comes up again. i will try for a really old bike and try to use it as it sits. no polish ..etc. (that will be tough for me)