GT Arrowhead - Fully Polished, Disc Brake Conversion - PG11

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GT Arrowhead - Fully Polished, Disc Brake Conversion - PG11

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Mon Apr 01, 2013 18:18 pm

I havent really put my favourite bike up on here yet, so i thought i may aswell put it up.

I first got this bike when a friend of mine knocked on my door and told me he was selling a bike for £10. I said i would go and see it since he lives literally round the corner. I honestly didnt expect it to be a GT, cause most of the bikes he offers to sell me are all argos bikes and bikes of that sort, and they are in pieces, covered in rust etc etc. As was the Arrowhead.

As soon as i saw that triple triangle i knew that i was gonna have it! He told me the bike was dumped outside of his house on the pavement, so it obviously was stolen. There was a 6 speed wheel that was forced onto the frame. It had a Maxxis Advantage tyre on it which was completely bald. No one does that to their own bike... the Gears and brakes werent working, and whoever had it decided to spray the whole bike in black without removing a single thing, and he probably used a whole can in one go. The paint job was horrible and was chipped in some places where they tried to remove the "Arrowhead" logo from the top tube.

I have a real thing for GTs, since my second bike was a BMX size GT which had gears (GT Outbound, i would certainly recommend it for your kids haha) and my dad had a GT that looked the **** and i wished i had :D

So i decided that i would make start building up this from scratch, and start to learn how to build a bike and how everything comes together since this would be my first time doing it. I also decided that this would be a good opportunity for me to learn how to prepare a bike to be sprayed and spray it. So the pictures below are kind of how it changed over time. I dont have a picture of how it was when i got it though.

Sanded the black off and sanded around the bare metal parts
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I used the primer to fill the dents massive scratches, then i sanded the area down to get it level. Quite proud of that :D
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Back from the dead finally
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Changed everything on it a month or so later
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How it looks right now
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Will change yet again in the next week or so. Changing wheels back to black i think. Thinner tyres and a new stem and handlebars. A new freewheel and chain too. Will post a pic when finished :D
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Re: GT Arrowhead

Postby Twelly » Mon Apr 01, 2013 20:37 pm

Nice work, would make a nice little commuter/town bike although your rear driveside brake pad looks a little close to the tyre.. does it not rub?

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Re: GT Arrowhead

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Mon Apr 01, 2013 20:48 pm

Thanks :D, i use it to go from school and back so its pretty much a commuter :)

I left it in my garden for 2 weeks since it had a puncture and i didnt bother fixing it. I repaired it today and i fiddled with the brakes because they started rubbing. They dont rub now but the brakes are very weak. I didnt do anything else since i have new tyres on the way. Ill set up my brakes properly once ive got my new tyres on :)

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Re: GT Arrowhead

Postby sarm34 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 22:08 pm

Well done mate, its amazing what you can do with a lick of paint and a bit of TLC, got a custom built chucker meself , I love GT's crackin looking frames, have a look at my post when I built mine
viewtopic.php?t=12828598

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Re: GT Arrowhead

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Mon Apr 01, 2013 22:27 pm

Thanks :)

Your Chucker looks amazing. 10/10. I wish I had an excuse to spray mine too but the factory paint is in mint condition and came up really nice when polished for a few hours :D

It's quite hard to decide on a colour scheme with my chucker since its the white XS1 frame with the black and blue designs. Can't wait to get building with mine, luckily I'm getting a lot of a help from another forum member who is sending me a load of parts for pretty much nothing :D I'll make a thread once I start the build :)

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Re: GT Arrowhead

Postby sarm34 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 22:53 pm

, luckily I'm getting a lot of a help from another forum member who is sending me a load of parts for pretty much nothing :D I'll make a thread once I start the build :)

Ah yes I remember reading the tread, good luck with that, ive added some more pictures of mine on my build post

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Re: GT Arrowhead

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Tue Apr 02, 2013 07:48 am

I like how you went for it with the yellow. I would have looked at it and went "nahhh" and changed the stem, but the addition of the yellow bits actually made it look even better :D The more I look at yours the.more I wanna start doing mine. :D thanks for showing me yours, it looks top notch. :)

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Re: GT Arrowhead

Postby Pesky Jones » Tue Apr 02, 2013 09:22 am

Nice one man, well done for putting in the effort in on that one, I would have left that frame even for a tenner but you saw the potential. Taps

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Re: GT Arrowhead

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Tue Apr 02, 2013 09:33 am

Thanks :D , i went for it cause the only other decent bike i had at the time was a purple Raleigh Mirage :lol: and as i said i like my GTs. Its aluminium too so was much much lighter than the cromo Raleigh.

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Re: GT Arrowhead

Postby Pesky Jones » Tue Apr 02, 2013 09:42 am

Fair play. Yeah I can see you're a fan of GTs, your're working on a chucker as well? Have you got a build thread for that?

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Re: GT Arrowhead

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:04 am

Pesky Jones wrote:Fair play. Yeah I can see you're a fan of GTs, your're working on a chucker as well? Have you got a build thread for that?


Yep im working on a Chucker, theres no build thread just yet as i have no parts at the moment. I should be getting loads of parts within the next week or so, then ill make a build thread. :)

Heres what it looks like though:

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Re: GT Arrowhead - Updated

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Mon Apr 08, 2013 13:25 pm

Got my new tyres through the post today. They are Michelin Wild Run`rs. Got them fitted and im really really happy with them! The difference between weight on these tyres and the previous ones is monumental. Also much more grippy and look a million times better IMO.
They look alot like an inner tube i noticed :lol: :lol:

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Polished up my rims today and really really happy with the results i got from the product called Brasso. I would 100% recommend it for anyone looking to polish chrome or any other surface that is supposed to shine. It is really worth it. You can get in Tesco!

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Adjusted brakes and checked everything else on a short ride and everything is 100%. Really pleased with it now. Tyres get rid of that cheap look to IMO. Here it is now, all done and ready for the 50k ride on Sunday!

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Re: GT Arrowhead - Updated

Postby Chunkers1980 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 13:55 pm

How do your brakes work now?

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Re: GT Arrowhead - Updated

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Mon Apr 08, 2013 13:59 pm

They work fine. They got weaker last time i went out in the wet. Always does that. But i moved the pads in more and changed the toe a little and its all good now.

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Re: GT Arrowhead - Updated

Postby Pesky Jones » Mon Apr 08, 2013 14:33 pm

I do like it, but that stem has some mad rise on it.

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Re: GT Arrowhead - Updated

Postby bennett_346 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 15:40 pm

What's up with that rear dropout? Looks like something is missing :S

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Re: GT Arrowhead - Updated

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Mon Apr 08, 2013 18:09 pm

Pesky Jones wrote:I do like it, but that stem has some mad rise on it.


Haha, it looks retarded to say the least, but im totally comfortable with the riding position. I was going to get a straight stem with spacers but all funds have been redirected to the Chucker so gave up on that since it wasnt a must really. Tyres were a definite must so had to spend money on them. :wink:

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Re: GT Arrowhead - Updated

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Mon Apr 08, 2013 18:12 pm

bennett_346 wrote:What's up with that rear dropout? Looks like something is missing :S


The dropout is fully intact :) Saw it today since i changed tyres and was all good.

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Re: GT Arrowhead - Updated

Postby Chunkers1980 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 18:58 pm

So it only grips say 2/3rds of the nut?

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Re: GT Arrowhead - Updated

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Mon Apr 08, 2013 19:05 pm

Nothings missing from it but it comes up a mm or so when you tighten it. Its not a problem though. Well i havent had any problems in 2 years.


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