This is part two of an eight part project to upgrade a Moogle Hex fitness bicycle. If this is your first visit, you may want to get some background on this project by starting at the first post
A closer look
First we will examine the features of the bike and make a gameplan. In general. I have don’t like the overall color of the bike. I hate the blue paint and the while hubs and brakes. The paint will be stripped and the wheels replaced.
The brake pads are cheap and very loud. Im sure upgrading to quality brake pads will do the trick.
The very common american 2-inch single piece crank will be replaced with a tapered spindle allowing a three-part design. The new crank arms and pedals will be black.
Hard to find a Mass Merchandiser Bike (MMB) with a rear-facing horizontal dropouts. This makes this one a rare find.
Grips gotta go. Brake levers may go. I am toying with the idea of a coaster brake and a single v-brake in the front.
BMX style… not bad for the look of the bike but, I will replace this with 1-1⁄8 adapter stem that will allow me to install a modern handlebar and stem. I will probably leave the threaded fork. The fork is made of steel and will not strip down as nicely as the frame without a protective coating. I will have to remove the foil frame badge, I will attempt to make a new one. Maybe the “Bikeotomica” frame badge will start a new fashion trend.
Chain tug. Nice touch.. I’ll keep it.
Tires are too knobby, slow and noisy for the paved bike trails. I’ll put on something that is just as wide. I will attempt to rebuild the rear wheel with a new 2-speed hub.
Next time we will talk about how we are going to tear the bike down and what tools will be needed.