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Santa Cruz Chameleon c. 1998

Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in 1993 in Santa Cruz, California, and the Chameleon was one of the early hard-tail models with 26 inch wheels and front suspension. This particular bike had been upgraded years ago with a Fox Vanilla R suspension fork and front disc brake. The client selected Lollypop Blue for the powder-coated aluminum frame. The restoration also included custom servicing of the Fox suspension fork, new 9 speed front and rear shifters, fully reconditioned XT/XTR derailleurs, new wheel bearings, bottom bracket, headset service, replacement handlebar, custom graphics, a new WTB Speed SHE saddle and a matching set of Kenda Small Block Eight tires. For detailed photos, please see the Vintage Restorations Gallery. 




Falcon Competitor 105, 1987

Falcon Cycles is one of Britain's classic bicycle manufacturers. The Competitor 105 is a Falcon road bike equipped with the Shimano 105 groupset and lightweight Reynolds 831 steel frame. The client wanted the bike thoroughly restored as she was returning to road cycling after many years away from the sport. The central issue was the paint, in very poor condition when the bike was received. The client selected wet paint in Navy Blue, and so all of the parts were stripped from the frame and fork, and most of the old paint abraded. A filler primer was used followed by several coats of the Navy Blue top coat. 

The vinyls were reproduced by a custom graphics house including the graphically designed "Falcon" vinyls on the head and set tubes, the British flag and "Falcon RACE" vinyls on the top tube, and the "Competitor 105" vinyls on the downtube. As for mechanical parts, a damaged headset was replaced with a vintage "new-old-stock" Shimano HP 1050 headset, and the rear derailleur (which had been replaced with an inferior model) was upgraded to a Shimano 1050 105 derailleur located and shipped from Hungary. The project was completed with a new Terry Falcon X saddle.




Raleigh Junior, 1951

Most bicycles are restored for riding, but this one was to be displayed like a work of art. The "before" bicycle was a muted powder blue color with white fenders, 24 inch wheels, rotted tires and a mechanical linkage brake system. Since the client had requested that the bike be restored for display purposes only, there was no need to ensure full functionality. The color selected was satin black, everything except the chrome parts and wheels. 

The linkage brake system, handlebar, headset, cranks and wheels were carefully removed and restored separately, dents were removed from the fenders and chain guard, and the frame and body panels prepped for painting. All new vinyls were obtained along with a vintage Raleigh tail reflector, and the tubes were replaced with solid rubber inserts to enhance the display. The finished bicycle was delivered to the client's home, and later we received photos of the bike mounted above the fireplace. 




 

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Raleigh Junior 1951
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