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The Joy of Rebuilding an Old Bike

The Joy of Rebuilding an Old Bike

by Brody Keyworth on June 08, 2021

If there’s one thing we learnt in 2020, besides lockdowns and COVID-19, it’s that new bikes are in short supply. In a world of consumerism where newer bikes are always considered "better" and old bikes are left by the wayside, this leads to a major opportunity to up-cycle/restore old bicycles, helping the environment while also maintaining a little piece of history.

As factories become more efficient and as the population swells, having something distinct and unique is becoming a rather difficult achievement. With more people taking up cycling unique bikes are becoming favourable compared to the dime a dozen newer bikes currently available. We believe your trusty steed is an extension of yourself, if you and 10,000 other people are riding the same bike, is that really an extension of yourself?

As governments make significant pushes to ease congestion and make their cities more cycle friendly, it’s a great time to weigh up your options. With competition rife and all brands vying on price alone, for the money are you actually getting a good deal? Let’s ask the question, am I better off investing in my existing bike and updating it or simply replacing it with something "new"?

To answer that question, let’s first determine what outcome you want to achieve. Sometimes all your existing bicycle needs is a bike service. Other times, it may need some new parts and accessories to be fully functional. Whichever way it is, nine times out of ten it’s going to be more cost effective and environmentally friendly to revamp your current bike over purchasing a new one.

With any older bike, the general areas of concern are:

    • tyres
    • brake pads
    • cables
    • anything that contains grease or needs oil

Adding a new set of cables, tyres and brake pads can dramatically change the ride and feel of a bike whilst also changing the aesthetic. Check out some of our custom builds where we’ve breathed fresh life into something old. Just like Darryl Kerrigan of the Castle famously said “It’s not a house, it’s a home”, It’s not just a bicycle, it’s your bicycle. Roll on!

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