I love to teach my son how to ride and repair stuffs the old fashion way. Here I will share some of our cheap DIY projects and repairs. I will also share some of my experience as a biker and as a pro mechanic. I am not a mechanic anymore but I still do repairs but mostly for my own machineries and this is why I try to keep everything easy and cheap. I also don't race anymore but I still love riding up the mountains where there is little or no help and all I can rely on is my small tool pouch and my monkey repair skills to bring me home whenever my bike or my friends bike breaks down.

If you are a tech-wiz or some kind of high-tech repair guru who likes spending too much $$$s buying stuffs and spends most of your time at a coffee shop posing your best biker battle gear clown costume and talking how great a biker you are then THIS IS NOT FOR YOU... Here we seriously ride our bikes and we try to keep everything simple, easy and cheap. Most of what I will share here are intended for riders who usually break their bikes to peices and may not be needed by other bikers.

I will also be sharing some cheap ways how I repaired my cars and computers. And for laughs, I will also add some weird / funny / odd stuffs that I or we did that worked and didn't work. Sorry about this blog's style, set-up or whatever you may call it, I'm an old school biker and its easier for me wrenching cars and bikes than typing on my keyboard...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I finished restoring and repairing my Monkey bike.
It was dead when I first got it but brought it back to life again.
I wrenched the engine, repaired the tires and stripped everything and painted and polished it. Now it looks sweet again :)

It's a Honda Monkey, 1971. 81cc piston and with long stroke crank shaft making it around 100cc something... 4 speed rotational clutch. Different suspension fork, etc. It looks OEM at first glance but it does have some extra horses underneath :)

It was "YUCK!!!" when I first got it but with a little TLC, it now looks really nice.
It is no secret that stripping a bike down and painting it will make it look good but that is only half of the secret. The biggest secret here is that I removed the rust and polished every part that is chrome plated. The easiest way to do this is by using a bronze circular brush that I attached to my portable drill. Another is by using very fine steel wool used for cleaning pots and frying pans. Then I used metal polish. I use this technique for everything that is chrome plated. From bicycles to motorcycles to cars and it does make wonders.

Note: WD40 and other brands of deep penetrating oil will help to remove the rust faster if you apply it first on the rusty area before polishing it with very fine kitchen steel wool. Sometimes I use coarser steel wool if the part is heavily rusted but this may scratch the part so my advice is to try it gently on smaller areas first before going all out.

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