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In the Client's Words 

"After I bought a new bicycle 30 years ago, I couldn’t bring myself to throw out my 1978 Motobecane because I remained very attached to it. I was thrilled when I learned that Evo Cycle Works could restore it. Vic did a terrific job with the restoration. Everything works great – better than I had expected. Beyond that, the bicycle really sparkles. All the grease and dirt is gone, not only for the frame but all the components as well. I also appreciated Vic spending time with me talking about the restoration and keeping me informed on his progress."  - David


 


 


 


 

 

 

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Highlights

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This 1963 Schwinn American had been stored in the client's garage for most of the past 55 years, and was ridden by he and his brother through the late 1960's. Initial appearances were deceiving as the bike was layered in grime and oxidation, but underneath a pristine classic soon emerged.

A single speed cruiser with oversized S-6 tires, "tank," and battery powered horn and headlight, the only mechanical issues needing attention were the coaster brake and wheels. Otherwise, all of the bearing races were reconditioned and bearings replaced, the wheel rims and spokes degreased and the chrome polished. 

The frame received a fresh application of clear coat and rust inhibitor for the internal surfaces, and the vinyl saddle and grips treated in a bleach solution.

At 52 pounds, this bike was a stately cruiser meant for Sunday morning rides along sunny park trails. And it returns for a vintage second run.

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This 1999 Gunnar Hot Dog! is the client's commuter bike and it arrived in significant disrepair, including a damaged STI shifter, crankset and brake issues. But my client produced a second bike, a Specialized road bike whose frame was damaged in an accident. What say we transfer the entire Sram Force 10 speed group set and Fulcrum wheels to the Gunnar? This worked, although we had to locate a carbon crankset of the same model.

The Reynolds 853 steel frame and Time Stiletto alloy/carbon fork appeared in excellent condition, but not so for the paint. Produced by Waterford Bicycles as a budget line, the Gunnar paint and decals were of low quality. The Hot Dog! decals were removed and the Gunnar decal carefully restored by hand. Touch-up paint was selected for the frame and several coats of clear coat for finishing. The Time fork was stripped and painted in hammered white.

Modern reflective elements replaced the wire wrap to make this bicycle stand out during early morning commutes. All in all, a quality frame restored as a high performance commuter bicycle.

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The 1968 Raleigh Colt was a young man's bicycle, designed with a compact frame and extra long seatpost meant to "grow" with the rider through his teenage years. With a three speed internal Sturmey Archer rear hub and integrated dynamo lighting system, this was a go-anywhere, do-anything bike.

The front hub dynamo needed disassembly and the rust removed in order to produce the 6 volts of power needed for the lights. Cable housings were reconditioned and used with new internal stainless cables. The rear hub needed cleaning and fresh grease, and some TLC fine tuning.

With the frame, fenders and chain guard compounded and clear-coated, and the bike reassembled, this Colt was once again ready to hit the road.

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This 1978 Motobecane Super Mirage was a lightweight steel touring bike on which the client fondly recalls touring the west coast. This made-in France bicycle featured a two-tone blue paint scheme and integrated faux leather bar tape.

Premium components included a 5 speed Suntour V-GT Luxe rear derailleur, Sakae cranks and Suntour Comp V Power Shift stem mounted shifters. Weinmann 610 caliper brakes and Dia Compe dual brake levers completed the groupset. Each component was carefully disassembled and reconditioned.

Retro clear blue cable housing was selected along with a vintage Selle San Marco replacement saddle and new kevlar tires to complete the restoration.

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This Columbia men's road bike was purchased at Sear Roebuck & Co. in 1970 and ridden extensively throughout the client's youth. When I received it, the "shiny copper" paint was heavily pitted and rusted, and most of the components were broken or damaged.

The client had a limited budget and was primarily interested in just riding the bike again. So we decided to replace many of the components with new retro parts. These included the rear wheel and 6 speed freewheel assembly, handlebar, brake levers and front and rear derailleurs.

The frame was compounded and waxed, bearings replaced, and retro clear gray cables installed. The original Huret down-tube shifters were reconditioned and re-used along with the crankset.

All in all, a modest bicycle reconditioned simply for the joy of riding.

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This 1973 Raleigh Grand Prix tells a similar story of a client who recalled how perfectly the bike fit him during his youth and how smoothly it rode. Indeed, the extra large 64 cm frame was unusual. 

This bike also arrived with some damaged components including the rear derailleur and crankset. We located a Sugino Super Maxy 52/40t crankset in pristine condition and replaced the bottom bracket with a new part. Ultimately we decided to replace the rear wheel and 5 speed freewheel as well, after discovering that the cog teeth were heavily worn and the freewheel was French threaded, an expensive proposition nowadays.

Other than that, we reconditioned the Weinmann center-pull brakes and brake levers, installed retro white cables, and compounded and waxed the frame.

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The client first brought this custom-built 68 cm steel frame made for him in 1979, the red paint heavily pitted and chipped. He asked if we could repaint the frame. But he also mentioned that he had a "couple of boxes" of parts at home for this bike. These turned out to be top-end Shimano Crane and Dura Ace components.

The crankset was damaged and was replaced with a Sugino XD 600 triple with 26/42/48t chainrings. For new rubber, the client selected Schwalbe Marathon tires in 32c.

We stripped the frame and applied a metallic "racing green" color over several coats of primer. The components were carefully reconditioned and the 700c Super Champion wheels retensioned and trued. The client selected chrome silver cables and classic Cinelli speckled bar tape.

The result is an eye-catching, metallic green very tall bicycle.

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The 1950 Raleigh Sports Tourist bicycles were modern machines. Ladies and Gents models were manufactured at the great Raleigh factory in Nottingham, England, and were constructed of high carbon steel tubes with brazed-up lugs, chromed steel wheels with stainless steel spokes, and three-speed Sturmey Archer hubs. 

This bicycle held great sentimental value for the client, having been in the family since her mother was a young lady. Presented to us in a heavily rusted condition, the task was a full custom restoration. The client was clear that she wished to ride the bike again.

Disassembled down to the frame and separate components, the task involved detailed reconditioning of the original parts, and some vintage replacement components from a 1962 parts bike of the same make and model.

A classic roadster restored to functional beauty some 65 years after production.

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The 1992 Trek 1000 was one of the first aluminum roadbikes available to consumers. This build is a retro upgrade, preserving certain aspects of the original while upgrading others.

Preserved are the Made in the U.S.A. Trek 6061 T6 aluminum frame, Matrix wheels and French Maillard 500 hubs, and the original Suntour Edge 4050 derailleurs and brake calipers, the groupset fully reconditioned and wheel hub bearings replaced.

STI shifters replaced the down tube levers, a 7075 AL compact drop bar and System Components quill stem were added, along with a cartridge bottom bracket and FSA Vero compact crankset for a 2x8 drive.

A new threaded headset was installed along with the carbon fork. A perfomance road bike inspired with new life some twenty years after leaving the Trek assembly plant.

 

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The first mountain bikes were only just coming onto the scene in 1992. This Giant Iguana features a light weight 4130 cro-moly steel frame with rigid front fork. It was acquired with various cosmetic and mechanical issues and became a 2012 retro build.

The frame was refinished in glossy hammered silver with carbon black handlebar and stem. Most of the remaining components were upgraded or replaced. The threaded stem, steer tube and headset are original except for new ball bearings. Note the cantilever cable hanger integrated into the stem.

Upgraded components include Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes and levers, a replacement front wheel, Jagwire L3 "chrome" cables, and the 3 x 7 drive consisting of recycled Shimano Octalink cranks, a new cartridge bottom bracket, and Sram X-5 and Sunrace derailleurs.

A WTB Pure V saddle and directional tread 26 x 2.1 tires complete this build. Reborn as sleek and sturdy as ever, this bike was purchased by a client with every intention of taking it back out on the trails.

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Sometimes a bicycle emerges from the build "remixed" into something other than its original form. This urban single speed remix was built up in the fixie tradition from a 1997 Specialized cro-moly steel road frame and dressed up in metallic blue and polished aluminum.

The 1997 Sirrus was a road bike with drop bar and derailleurs. The frame and fork were partially layered in metallic blue with fresh clear coat applied. The headset, adjustable stem and aluminum handlebar are all replacement components, along with retro Shimano 600 "tricolor" brake calipers in mint condition.

Not a true fixie, the Xero Element wheels feature a freehub for rolling around town. A Godspeed chain tensioner maintains rock-solid and near silent engagement with the drive gears, an 18t by 44t combination. A baby blue chain, translucent blue Mission pedals and bright blue Duro tires complete this colorful remix.

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The 1972 Schwinn Continental is a genuine Made in the USA "Chicago series" ten speed, an American classic. Found buried in a garage sale in 2011, and in need of some serious TLC, this bike was worthy of full restoration.

After treating the frame for rust prevention, nearly every original component was preserved, including the saddle, wheels, brakes, handlebar and drivetrain. Stem mounted shifters and both derailleurs were carefully rebuilt, along with the brake calipers and double brake levers. Each part was cleaned and polished to its original glory. 

The chrome wheels needed special care to remove layers of oxidation and to return them to round and true. The frame needed a modest application of carefully matched touchup paint and fresh clear coat.

New replacement parts included the chain, brake pads, "chrome" cables, bar tape and tires. A vintage bike ready to ride some forty years after rolling off the Chicago assembly line.

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