We really really really love older bikes; some people call them 'classics', others 'vintage.' We think of them as something from yesteryear we want to see ridden. Old steel frames, intricate lug work, chrome, steel rims, balloon tires, patina, coaster brakes, 5-speed freewheels – just some of the things that get us excited about your older bike.
We start with removing all components and hardware – photo documenting as we go. Greasy and grimy parts get a solvent bath; chrome and other metallic-finishes are soaked in a weak acetic-acid solution to remove rust and tarnish. Everything is hand washed before being re-assembled.
If possible, existing components are used in the re-build. However, if a part needs to replacing we have a large selection of used parts in good to very good condition available or, we can source what is needed to return your bike to it's period-correct splendor. Frames are waxed and the chrome and aluminum polished to bring out the shine like a new bicycle. Generally, the only updated parts are saddles, tubes and tires, cables and housing, bar tape or grips and the chain.
If you want to have your bicycle repainted we can help with that.
We have strong relationships with several paint shops that specialize in bicycle-paint and have sources for new decals for almost any bike. We’ll manage the offsite painting/chrome-plating process and re-assemble your bicycle in our Steamboat shop.