Re: [CR] Care of Vintage Bikes, was No Subject

(Example: Framebuilders:Bernard Carré)

Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2009 19:19:40 -0700
From: "John Barry" <>
To: <>, Louis Schulman <>
In-Reply-To: <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Care of Vintage Bikes, was No Subject


There are tools I don't have that are expensive enough, and used infrequently enough to not justify their acquisition. My LBS faces, chases, aligns, and every once in a while gets things unstuck that I can't seem to persuade by my own efforts. I consider myself fortunate to have three very good LBSs in the area.


John Barry Mechanicsburg, (where one of those shops is) PA, USA

--- On Thu, 10/1/09, Louis Schulman wrote:

> From: Louis Schulman <>

\r?\n> Subject: [CR] Care of Vintage Bikes, was No Subject

\r?\n> To:

\r?\n> Cc:

\r?\n> Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009, 6:44 PM

\r?\n> I can understand the feeling. 

\r?\n> But this brings up a question I have

\r?\n> wanted to ask.


\r?\n> Do people on this lists take their bikes to shops?  I

\r?\n> would think that

\r?\n> working on your own bike was part of this hobby.  I am

\r?\n> 55, and I built

\r?\n> my first bike from parts (including lacing the wheels) over

\r?\n> 40 years

\r?\n> ago.  I have owned and built a lot of bikes since

\r?\n> then, but have never

\r?\n> had the occasion to take a bike to a bike shop.


\r?\n> For those of you who do take your bikes to a shop, what do

\r?\n> you have them

\r?\n> do?  What would you allow them to do?


\r?\n> Just curious.


\r?\n> Louis Schulman

\r?\n> Tampa, Florida


\r?\n> kohl57 wrote:

\r?\n> > I must say this is a profounding depressing subject.

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > About three weeks ago, my longstanding, super, super

\r?\n> cycle shop repair guy

\r?\n> > who takes the most meticulous care of my machines to

\r?\n> the extent of wrapping

\r?\n> > the frame with foam when they come to shop managed to

\r?\n> get a swath of tape on

\r?\n> > the backside of the headtube of my otherwise near NOS

\r?\n> 1985 Masi 3v and, yep,

\r?\n> > you guessed it.. when it was removed, it took with it

\r?\n> a swath of the paint!

\r?\n> > Just jawdroppingly depressing. It's really too large a

\r?\n> bit to "touch-up"

\r?\n> > with nail varnish or brush methods.

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Does anyone have a recent and positive experience with

\r?\n> any frame painter

\r?\n> > when it comes to touching up issues like this? I

\r?\n> could, of course, just have

\r?\n> > the frame repainted but I hate to do that as the rest

\r?\n> is in such fine

\r?\n> > original condition. And yes, alas, it's that very

\r?\n> fragile pearly orange-red

\r?\n> > of the early 3vs. The kind that mere scotch tape can

\r?\n> and will rip off a

\r?\n> > frame in one fell swoop....

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Peter Kohler

\r?\n> > Washington DC USA