The fact that it took me a year to get around to cleaning up a Cunningham is a testament to how busy I have been lately. Now, all things considered that's not that bad. Some people own so many that they've never even seen some of their bikes.
This is how I got this bike in late 2013. Rather dumpy build and barely functional. To be perfectly honest it wasn't too difficult to get this bike looking good. Aside from removing all of the extras like bar ends, ancient computer, rack and some other junk the rest of the hardware was in pretty good shape. The frame required some deep cleaning to remove years of built up clay and mud as well as some surface corrosion. Two weekends of careful cleaning with a toothbrush and some light abrasive compound and the bike looked much-much better.
This is the final result. Unlike some of my other bikes I don't think the Ham really needs any sort of fancy background. In fact these shots were taken about an hour after I took it out for a ride, just rinsed it off and voila.
It didn't take much, but I think the bike looks very much transformed into the machine it was made to be.
I did a little bit of maintenance after taking these photos, including adjusting the brakes and pads.
According to the letters between CC and the owner of this bike the steering angle limiter was designed by CC based off of sketches that Kirby sent to CC. I guess he had some issues with the brake arms hitting the frame and this was what he came up with. Pretty cool. The bike originally had a headset mounted cable stop which was included with the extras kit that came with the bike.
Maybe not quite as cool as the fixed angle post, but I like to be able to adjust my saddle and love the way CC made it work for this bike.
Although the bike was originally built in 86, in late 87 the original owner upgraded it to M730 XT. So, instead of trying to figure out how it was originally spec'd I decided to keep it that way. Everything works pretty damn well and the bike rides rather well.
One of the few Hams out there with a personalized serial number. I didn't know the man, but as far as a bike is concerned it's a pretty cool name. I suppose I should put some tape over the grease ports...
Off for a nice, long ride tomorrow. We'll see how he does on my favorite SoCal trail!