Who doesn’t have a bike that they grew up with, either your own bike as a child or a parents/grandparents bike, even your old race bike. Once these bikes get to a certain stage of deterioration, and no matter how much you love that bike, it becomes too expensive for bike shops to work on.
Bike shops have set rates for set repairs and set hourly labour rates. Those labour rates quickly mount up when hours and hours of work are required. A restoration also takes up valuable workshop resources. Taking up the time of a mechanic is expensive, and can make the workshop calendar grind to a halt. Vintage knowledge and experience is hard to find in modern bike shops. This is why shops don’t work on restorations; they aren’t economical for you, or commercially viable for them.
I don’t have bike shop overheads or workshop appointment commitments. After an assessment of your bike, I can offer a fixed price estimate for time and labour based on my long history of vintage bike repair.
If you are thinking of having a bike restored…
A Typical Restoration
This bike came to me from the original owner. He had it built for him for time trials in the late 1970s, 1977 to be precise. Everything on this bike was original, but decades of storage had taken it’s toll. Every consumable item had perished. The chrome spokes had rusted, the rubber brake lever hoods had fallen apart, each part of the gearing was rusted, the frame paint was dull and the aluminium saddle rails had corroded and snapped.
Experience is key – I need to understand what the owner wants, be able to assess the bike, understand what is needed, what MUST be changed, what can be saved, know the availability of replacement parts, and have strategies for dealing with what is left.
Once you have a plan you can make a start!
Once everything is clean, and replacement parts have been sourced, the rebuild can begin.
The ultimate goal is to retain as much originality as possible.
There is no reason why this bike cannot last another 40 years!