Vintage & General Cycling Articles

5 reasons NOT to repaint your vintage bike frame

5 reasons NOT to repaint your vintage bike frame

Undeniably a newly resprayed or powder coated steel bike frame can look great, just last week I was practically salivating over a vintage Carlton Professional that had been freshly repainted in Milano silver. However once the original surface has gone, it's gone forever. Here are five reasons why (where possible) the paint should stay original.

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Steel wheels. Cleaning them and stopping them.

Steel wheels. Cleaning them and stopping them.

The chromed steel wheels of the 70's, 80's and before could look great. The combination of a bright day and clean polished rims would turn heads. They were comfortable to ride on poorly surfaced roads and held speed well. Steel rims hold their shape well too, you would have to go very wrong to badly taco a steel rim by over tightening a spoke. A well built steel wheel could literally turn for decades without going out of true. If you are learning to true wheels, steel is a very good place to start practising as they are quite forgiving....

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How do I measure a vintage seatpost or seat tube?

How do I measure a vintage seatpost or seat tube?

This can be an annoying and time consuming issue, and it's one with two parts. A common question is what size seat post do I need for this vintage frame? The second issue is when you have a seatpost, but don't know it's size. These are some simple methods to get an accurate measurement.

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