Recently while visiting a very close friend, I found him working up a sweat cleaning his garage. This guy had stuff piled up on stuff so I offered to help for a while. While digging through the mess, I noticed what looked like a vintage bike in the corner of the garage. The bike looked pretty cool and I love to restore old things, so I asked what his plans were for it. Since he was going to trash it along with most everything else, I asked if I could have it and he agreed.
After putting in a couple of sweaty hours of help, I tossed the bike in the mini-van and headed home. Looking over this tattered little jewel, I found the frame seemed okay but I would definitely need to find some wheels. I decided to spring for a electric bikes conversion kit to bring it back to life properly. I found a website where I could order the needed wheels. I also fit the rear wheel with a Shimano Nexus internal gear hub. Before installing the new wheels, I stripped the bike and sandblasted the frame to make it suitable for a good paint job.
After spraying on several coats of paint, I rebuilt the carrier to fit the battery pack I had acquired. I had some old mudguards and a chain guard that I also painted a complementary color to the frame. I then began the task of reassembling the bike and all its parts which took a little time as I didn’t want to scratch the new paint job.
All in all, the project took a little over four months as I had to wait to get the needed parts shipped to me. The rebuilt bike ended up costing more than if I would have bought a new one, but I was able to feed my passion for restoring old vintage bikes and I just love the bike I ended up with.
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