I picked this old bike up at the local Trash N Treasure this morning for $10. It’s an old Malvern Star Sportstar. I think it’s late 1970s or early 1980s based on the positioning of the shifters and the bulldog brakes.
I want to bring this old bike back to life because I think it could be quite retro cool. The biggest problem that I see is that the old Malvern Stars have a proprietary bottom bracket that can’t simply be replaced. But it can be serviced and this one is still spinning. So hopefully, once I work out how to open it, I can clean and repack it.
My plan is to keep this rebuild as simple as possible:
- service the bottom bracket
- sand the surface rust and give the frame a clear protective coat of lacquer
- replace the shifters with a brand new set of bar end friction shifts I got for $25 from a Facebook bike selling group
- replace the brake pads
- run new cabling
- put on some new handlebar tape
- replace the horrible saddle
- replace the tyres (these have slashes in them).
By then I’ll know whether the derailleurs work and what I want to do about them. If they do work, I can get a Sunrace 5sp cassette for $15 online – I’m not sure whether it will fit but it’s not much to spend to try. Otherwise, I’ll replace the rear wheel with something that will take an 8 speed cassette and get a new derailleur (or use the one off my MTB if the cracked frame isn’t replaced).
Fun times ahead. I’m sure it will also have frustrating moments. But I have a little cash available to me (I was saving for Tasmania but am no longer going) and I love the idea of having a vintage bike to go with my 1997 Trek OCLV 5200.
Today’s riding: 13.5km commute + ride home