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Iron Horse Zebra Metropolitan

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by Rebuild1961, 2 Feb 2018.

  1. Rebuild1961

    Rebuild1961 Regular

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    This bike was given to me and I'm wondering if I should bother spending time getting it road worthy. It's clean, needs tires and bearing on rear hub. Just looking for any feedback. Tks. 0201181940.jpg
     
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  2. Hugh Manatee

    Hugh Manatee Veteran

    Large frame. Relaxed geometry. Upright riding position. It could make a very worthy tourer. Iconic name from the MTB past as well. Didn't the later Horses have an odd sort of A frame?
     
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  3. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Or a good 'hack' bike.
     
  4. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Well-Known Member

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    I'd be very happy if someone had given me that! Looks like it could make a nice tidy and useful bike without much expense or effort. Any reasonable quality 1980's and 1990's fully rigid bikes are always worth saving if they can be repaired and made useable for a modest outlay. The frames are sturdy and have sensible geometry, plus there are no suspension parts to wear out. Most of my bikes date from this era and don't have any stupid and useless modern "improvements" like sealed press-fit BB's and stems that need spacers to adjust them. These are simple, easy to fix, cheap to run bikes that will just keep going.
     
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  5. OP
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    Rebuild1961

    Rebuild1961 Regular

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    I do have a question. When I took apart the rear hub there a two thin washers that I can't remember where these go,(pic included) in not sure if these go on after the bearings or the go onto the lock ring. 0202180803.jpg
     
  6. Drago

    Drago Guru

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    Cheap and cheerful boat anchor - it may be from a hallowed brand of yore, but it's not exotic in any way. That said, it looks a step above the catalogue £99 BSO's, so if you can get it running safely again for less than £20 then its cheap, worthy and comfortable transport for someone. Eminently usable.
     
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  7. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    If that's a freewheel then good luck getting it back together again. Good news is a brand new 6/7 speed one is only a tenner ($15) approx.
     
  8. OP
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    Rebuild1961

    Rebuild1961 Regular

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    Glenolden,pa
    These bearings are for the axle not the freewheel. I forgot to mention this on the posting.
     
  9. OP
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    Rebuild1961

    Rebuild1961 Regular

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    Yep. Its just clean and needs tires and reassemble the axle bearings. Tks!
     
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  10. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    That's a heck of a lot of bearings, BMX type hub ? if the bike has a splined freehub conventional fitting says behind the cassette but that lockring looks much more like a freewheel unit lockring to me.
     
  11. OP
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    Rebuild1961

    Rebuild1961 Regular

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    Glenolden,pa
    Small bearings go on freewheel reverse, the larger on the front side. I am guessing the 2 washers go on with the lock ring. When I'm home tonight I will mess with the reassembly while the freewheel is cleaned before I lube it and reinstall the bearings and lock ring, tks!
     
  12. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Like I posted good luck with re-assembling a freewheel, I took one apart as a youth and never managed to get it back together. Much later someone said you use a piece of thread to hold the 'Pawls' retracted then pull that out when it is nearly together. Nowadays once the sprockets have worn I just replace the lot and service the wheel bearings whilst the whole freewheel unit is off.
     
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  13. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    View: https://youtu.be/T_vRbBRPr3c
     
  14. OP
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    Rebuild1961

    Rebuild1961 Regular

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    Rebuild1961

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    Ok got the info I need, the washers rest on the hub body, the bearings are about 70 total ( 1/8 inch, found them on eBay 100 for $4.95. Just meet to get some marine grease and larger bearings for the other side of the hub and some patience) However, the lock ring for my peugeot 103 (another task waiting in the wings) has external spines. I think I was use channel lock pliers to tighten this one. Anyway, thank for the info and video link.