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Posted by: heather TITLE: BALLOON:   Where Should I start???
Hi, I recently picked up a Galaxy flyer from my grandmother. It~s in pretty rough condition. There is a lot of rust on it, but everything is the same as it was when the bike was made, it was probably only ridden a dozen times. I want to restore it, but I was wondering if anyone has some good suggesstions on how to remove rust?
Also, where is a good site to buy, say, new fenders since these are almost gone. How do I know what a balloon rim is? Can I use 26" balloon rim with balloon tires? Please HELP!!!!!!


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Posted by Jim
Hi Heather,
Don~t go overboard in your restoration of the bike - it doesn~t have the value. Just fix it up to ride and enjoy!For your parts, you can try Ebay or Memory Lane Classics out of Grand Rapids Ohio. Their web address is www.memorylane-classics.com Their phone number is (419) 832-3040. A set of 26" middleweight Wald chrome replacement fenders shouldn~t run you more than $20 to $25. They also have the 26x1.75 tires you would need. Since you want to ride the bike, make sure you have the drivetrain checked out and the front and rear hubs cleaned and repacked with fresh grease. Sitting for that many years will cause the grease to harden and you definitely want to be able to stop quickly! Have fun in your project!
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Posted by Spike
Hello Heather,Tried to email but it came back.
I use Copper scrubbies dry,terri cloth,and soft scrub.
Don~t be too agressive with the soft scrub,it can rub off stripes and letering.Does a great job on chrome after scrubbie.I use WD40 to remove grease and oil deposits.
Feel free to email with any questions.
Regards, Spike
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Posted by M
i hear using steel wool with WD-40 is pretty good at removing surface rust, I imagine it would work great on yours as it doesnt really appear to be bad. Waxing em afterwords could help prevent future rusting somewhat. That bike looks to take middleweight wheels (26 X 1.75) I hear those are interchangable with the balloon size (26 X 2.125), but your fork and chainstays/seat stays might not be wide enough to take em. You can get nice new comfy riding white walls in the proper size for that bike though, I think it would look great like that.
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