I'm like a crow..... I see shiny things (or things that could be shiny with some love) and I need to have it. That was the case when I stumbled upon this old mid 90's GT Karakoram on Kijiji for forty bucks. It needs some love and a tender touch to get it back into fighting shape again. There are some obvious signs of neglect here, from the caked driveline to the collapsed fork, that need to be remedied.
I present to you, the Karakoram. I see it becoming a sort of utility / touring / towing bike when finished.
Its a fifteen foot bike right now, as in it looks pretty good from fifteen feet away. Get up close and things get scary looking.
It even has some really awesome Kool-Stop brake pads and a Kore stem.
The driveline is all kinds of fucked up and will need a gallon of varsol to clean it up. It looks like its not too worn out and should be okay after a clean up.
The seatpost was firmly stuck in place (as with most bikes of this age and lack of maintenance). I've gotten good at freeing these up and went to work on it. I found that someone else had already tried with the hammer (dumbass) method and I would work smarter. I stripped the cranks and bottom bracket, flipped the bike in the stand and filled the seat tube with penetrating oil. A bit of time and a breaker bar in the seat rails had it moving. Keep your catch pan handy as the oil is going to cover your floor when the post comes out.
Next will be stripping the bike and checking wear on all the parts. Then cleaning, lots of cleaning. Check back soon.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.