This is for those of you planning to attend the Velo-Rendezvous 2005 in Pasadena a month from now. For dates and other details, see http://www.velo-retro.com
This is a call for potential restorations. If you're planning to attend the V-R 2005, and you can bring a bike that you're considering for restoration, and you'd like some varied perspectives on the project, please e-mail me. I will be selecting six bikes for consideration at our presentation on Saturday, entitled:
RESTORATION AND VALUE OF VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS
I and Jay Van De Veldt (owner of http://www.theracingbicycle.com ) will be leading a discussion of a set of related subjects near and dear to most of us, as laid out below:
Issues involving restoration
1) when to restore 2) how to restore 3) what to restore, and what to leave alone, and why 4) who to choose for restoration work, and why 5) crucial details in restoration (graphics and paint differences; details of finish) 6) maintaining or enhancing value through restoration 7) restoration that reduces value
Issues of Value
1) Evaluating a vintage lightweight: what's it worth? And why? 2) Details and nuances involved in valuation. 3) Differences of opinion in valuation. Why and how. 4) How to get top-dollar for a vintage lightweight, or not.
In addition to the potential restorations called for above, there will be other interesting bikes on hand to illustrate various aspects of the discussion, including a 1930s Gloria in complete, original condition, a rare 1960s Alex Singer road bike, a restored 1960s Pogliaghi, and a 1950s fillet-brazed Rene Herse tandem frame that needs a full restoration, and more.
These are subjects that concern us all. Some of us have spent a lot of time and money on a restoration, only to get it wrong. Sometimes it's better to leave a bike alone. When is it better? We'll discuss all this and more using real-world examples, and your actual experiences, and ours. Hopefully we'll all learn something useful in the process. And if you're new to restorations, this session may be very helpful.
Many of us have been involved in high-zoot bike restorations; if you've paid to have one done, or you do them for a living, I hope you can come to the presentation. This will be a presentation with plenty of group interaction.
This presentation is part of the Saturday afternoon Symposium. All details are at http://www.velo-retro.com
Again, e-mail me if you have a potential restoration project you'd like to bring for consideration.
Charles Andrews SoCal
"What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are."