Making beautiful things by recycling
To meet the quality of our racing bikes, all bikes, before purchase, are subjected to an expert eye. We always check for dents, breaks and rust, assess them thoroughly but above all we look critically at the whole bike. Every time we ask ourselves: “is this the potential project bike we can deliver positive results”? This is the only way we can guarantee quality and do what we stand for: “making beautiful things by recycling”.
When the whole racing bike is approved, all parts will be removed. The fork and bottom bracket will also be serviced. New grease, ball bearings and readjustments are part of this process. In the next step, the individual parts will be cleaned and polished. Because we have a large stock of spare parts, we can easily replace the ones that are too damaged. In this way we keep the process sustainable and the bicycle keeps its original character.
In addition to sustainability, originality is one of our values. We are committed keeping our bikes as authentic as possible. By researching the heritage of a specific racing bike and consulting old brochures, we hardly ever deviate from the line of the original designer. But will we never sell bikes in our store that deviates from its originality? Yes, of course we do! We regularly build on demand, make single speeds or use more modern parts if the customer requests it. But the bicycles in our workshop, on the Peizerweg in Groningen, are original and certainly not repainted. In any case, the paint and transfers are always 100% authentic.
When a bicycle has been completely disassembled, the parts polished and the scratches on the frame have been removed, the building process starts. The displayed parts are greased and replaced on the frame. This is done with the necessary precision and accuracy so that there are no surprises in the end. So no faltering cables, crooked derailleurs and/or dropouts, skipping chains or worse wheels with big punches. In short: an eye for detail is of great importance to us and our customers.
After a few of hours of diligent work (cleaning, polishing, straighten wheels and removing scratches), the built-up frame often starts to look quite like a racing bike again. Then it is time to install the cables and the handlebar tape too. To keep the cables properly function, it is important that the cables ar not cracked, that the inner cables are greased and that the outer cables are not bend. A stagnant rear brake is very common and extremely annoying. Of course we always put the cables over the handlebar!
The finishing touch
Wrapping the handlebar tape is the last part of the process. This requires a certain amount of agility, but by doing this slowly and accurately, the end result is what really finishes the bike. After adjusting the front and rear derailleur, lubricating the chain, the racing bike is ready to ride and it will join the other bikes in the store at the Peizerweg. The result: a racing bike over more than 40 years old in almost mint condition… isn’t that sustainable?