Azuki Rebuild

In 1974, I bought my first real 10-speed. I had Schwinns, etc. in the past, but this was the first bike that I bought myself. In short order I replaced a number of components, not because they need to be replaced, I just wanted to, or decided I needed something different. The primary changes were stem shifters to tips shifters, a two chain-ring with a three chain ring bottom bracket and the standard hubs to low flange fours cross hub for a smoother ride. The next time I bought a bike was in 1992 (Trek 850). The Azuki was my love. I did not log all my miles, but there were about 20,000 logged. This bike never let me down on numerous trips to the San Juans, tours in Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Idaho and Montana (or example see the Northwest tour) or on my Trans America ride.

In 1992 the Trek became my primary bike. The reason was that I was doing mostly off-road riding getting around on trails on Whidbey Island where we lived. The kids were getting into some biking, but there was no need for speed so I used the Trek.

When we moved to Camas, my youngest started liking bikes. so, one day in August 2003, we decided to strip the Azuki down to metal and rebuild it. The project lasted about two weeks. Below are the pictures of that project.

Although not super evident in this picture, the rims were pretty tarnished. We were going to replace the spokes but they were frozen up and I would have had to cut them and then replace them, so we cleaned everything up and they look and ride nicely.

The frame had some serious rust. It took a lot of work to strip it down by hand and get all the rust off.

Another view of the work ahead.

Aluminum polish, rags and a tooth brush got the calipers nice and shiny. Here is before and after.

The handle bars needed the same polishing.

Part way through the stripping process.

Got the first coat on.

All the painting is done, now it's putting all the parts back on.

Front view.

All done but the handle bar tape and bottom bracket. Look at those rims shine!

Ready to ride—old owner.

Ready to ride—new owner.