How can a beginner restore a vintage bike?
September 8, 2008 4:56 AM Subscribe
I'm learning to ride a bike and have a vintage Raleigh Caprice
. How do I ensure it's roadworthy and get it all ship-shape?
posted by mippy to sports, hobbies, & recreation (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I bought the bike second-hand and from what I can see it just has a few spots of rust, some inside the oval bit between the back wheel hub and the frame). I tried scooting along on it and everything turns fine. But is there something I need to do to ensure things run smoothly? It feels like the perfect height and shape for me (previously I was trying to learn on a diamond-frame which was too high for me and felt really awkward) and is gorgeous (the picture linked to is not my bike, by the way - mine is blue).
I'd also like to touch up the scratches on it but it's a kind of metallic turquoise-y blue which would be hard to match. I remember my dad used to get these little paints to match cars - can you still get these, preferably online or somewhere easily accessible in the UK?