Fixing up a vintage bike…shop recs
I have an older/vintage bike that I want to fix up…er I want it fixed up but I don’t want to do it. Please share your recs for shops that are good at and nice about dealing with older bikes.
I want to get new backswept handlebars instead of the drops, some nice and classic basketry and fenders, a few components replaced and/or things tuned up as well. I already got new wheels, tires and seat.
Also, I’m willing to hear opinions on how much is too much to spend on an old bike. The new bikes of this style that I’m looking at are $900-$1400, so I’m thinking it should be worth it to fix this one.
What kind of frame is it? Pics?
What area of town do you live in?
Same questions as edmonds. I know some places to get parts online if your local lbs does not have what you are looking for. As far as how much is too much goes, that is completely up to you.
I am restoring a vintage bike myself. Its a J.C. Higgins, I think it is a 1959. I will post some photos after work.
If it was once a good bike, it may be worth rehabbing.
If it was a department store bike in the 70’s, it may be better than today’s department store bikes but otherwise likely isn’t worth more than tires and a chain in terms of replacement components.
good point Brad. I know it’s nothing amazing, but it’s not just department store bike-shaped-object. Lovely lugwork and a comfortable smooth ride.
Mmm, mixte, good. This sounds like something the guys at Clankworks might be interested in. He mentioned once that they might start doing custom builds. And they can probably get Wald baskets, mustache bars, that sort of thing.
Aside, I was at the Trek store on Sat and saw a Trek “Belleville”, it was ridiculously beautiful. I lusted.
I love the integrated racks and cream tires on the Belleville.
Though I haven’t seen it in person, I quite like this Electra Ticino:
Take it to Thick Bikes to have it tuned up. Best to look online for the bars, baskets, and fenders- though those guys might be carrying or able to order this stuff too. Regardless, it helps you get a picture of what you might want.
You can get some nice swept back bars for under $25 at-
You’ll need different brake levers-
For front baskets, good old Made in USA Wald stuff is here-
Grips and fenders and such are available just about anywhere.
i was out on a ride in the ‘burbs yesterday, and i saw a bike much like is described here. in fact, very similar to the electra. beautiful light tan frame, with chrome albatross bars, and brown grips. rear rack, front basket, light tan fenders that matched the frame, a pretty silver badge, sprung leather saddle. just a gorgeous bike.
it was being used as a flower bed.
gah! what a punch line HV. I think we should arrange a “rescue” mission for this poor lonely, riderless bike.
@dooftram, thanks for the suggestions. I had looked around on OV, but not the others. I’ll start with Thick then and see from there.
I would second edmonds’ recommendation of Clankworks, at least for some of the accessories and maybe advice on where to go for more in-depth work. They are dealers for Velo Orange among other things, such as their wooden fenders.
Hey Tabby, here is the bike I’m working on right now. Its a J.C. Higgins and I think its a 1959. I got it off of craigslist for $20. The guy I bought it from was really cool, he said he didn’t want to just scrap the bike, he wanted to sell it to someone who was going to restore it. Enter me stage left…lol. I brought it home pumped up the tires and they held air!!!! Its in pretty good shape so I’m just going to get the rust off and clean it up and ride ride ride….
Did a little spot of the chrome, its going to SHINE!!
The other bike project I have going right now is a Basman. Got the frame set from Amsterdam. Now I’m just trying to save up for parts.
I fully endorse 100% you getting another Concord on the streets. Can’t wait to see the finished product
@Noah, thanks for the thumbs up on the project. I was all ready to set her free and then started having second thoughts. So now I think I’m going to keep her and do it up right.
@Doug those are sweet lines that both bikes have. You’ll have to post the before and after shots after you get the one all cleaned up.
Is that a Flock?… of Conchords?
And are they multi-modal commuting? (Is that Stu in the back?)
Nope, not me. I’m not even sure that’s a Port Authority bus, though maybe it’s just camera perspective. Is this an old photo, taken on a bus that we don’t have here anymore, maybe?
Fix it! Fix it! Fix it!
If you are looking for original decals I found this site that recreates old bicycle manufacture decals for people who restore vintage bikes. I’m working on a 1972 Schwinn Super Sport and they provided me with a full set of original decals that are spot on.
That’s a still from a “funny-for-a-minute” HBO miniseries called Flight of the Conchords.
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