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1975 YAMAHA XS500 SIDE KICK STAND


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Vintage Folding Bike HYDA kick stand Brevet


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SCHWINN BICYCLE KICKSTAND FIT TYPHOON other MIDDLEWEIGHT BIKES VINTAGE NOS


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vintage bicycle kick stand pletscher esge made in west germany great working


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1940s 50s kick stand off 24 vintage antique fleetwing balloon tire bicycle


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Vintage Bicycle Kickstand Closed


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Vintage Bicycle Kickstand Spring Open


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NOS huffy thunder road kickstand for vintage MX bicycle old school bmx


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Vintage Pletscher ESGE bicycle kickstand Made in Germany Raleigh Schwinn


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Vintage NOS Krate Schwinn Deluxe Kickstand KS171 For 16 Bike


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VINTAGE ROYAL ALLOY BICYCLE 27 INCH WHEEL FRAME KICKSTAND 310 MM TALL


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Vintage Copperweld 8 Bicycle Kickstand Lot KS111


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VINTAGE 98 REG ITALY ALLOY BICYCLE KICKSTAND 310 MM TALL


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1976 HONDA TL250 TRIALS SIDE KICK STAND


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Vintage Bicycle Misc Kickstand Lot 9 Kickstands KS157


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1975 YAMAHA RD250 SIDE STAND or KICK STAND


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Vintage Pletscher Schwinn or Classic Bicycle Rear Book Rack + Vtg Kickstand


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76 Honda MT125 Side Stand Assembly OEM Kickstand Kicker Pivot Bolt Rubber


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BICYCLE KICK STAND 26 REAR AXLE MOUNT WALD NOS VINTAGE USA


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VINTAGE NOS KICK STAND LOT 16 20 24 26 INCH BIKES WALD MUSCLE BALLON TIRE


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Metal Vintage Style Bicycle Clock w Working Kickstand 14 in


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1973 INDIAN 100 vintage kick stand I have more parts for this bike others


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SCHWINN TWO SEATER TANDOM BIKE KICKSTAND VINTAGE NOS


75 1975 VINTAGE HONDA XL 125 KICK STAND SIDE STAND OEM AHRMA XL125 BIKE HOLDER
75 1975 VINTAGE HONDA XL 125 KICK STAND SIDE STAND OEM AHRMA XL125 BIKE HOLDER


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Steel Double Leg Side Bicycle Bike Cycle Kickstand Stand New Vintage Sturdy


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Vintage Kickstand Wald for 20 Bike Bicycle Rear Axle and Frame


I recently bought a beat up vintage road bike. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this neglected beauty as soon as I saw it. It was an enchanting old Raleigh Estelle road bike in double butted cromoly steel. The brakes were sloppy; the gears were slipping and the wheels had a wobble to them. It was in desperate need of service but it was a beauty and I couldn’t wait to see it but in full working order again.

Now I don't pretend to be an expert on how to care for a vintage bike. I love them and want to see them restored but I’m not an expert at doing the work. This takes a lot of time to become as each bike is different and there is a lot to learn. Also we all have a different idea as to how we'd like to see it when it is finished. One person wants it to look in brand new original condition, while another want to just make it operational and leave it to show its age and character along with a million different variation in between depending on where they are coming from collectors, as historians or just riders.

What I'd like to help you with is just a few observations and maybe some opinions of a general nature. Primarily for those who are just getting interested in vintage bikes or who find themselves in possession of one and they are not sure where to begin or what to do with it.

First I know you’re going to be excited to get started but before you put a wrench to it or start to work on it remember one thing. It’s old and thinks that are old are more easily broken so in whatever you do be gentle with it. Some people strongly suggest you start off by applying penetrating oil, like WD-40 or Liquid Wrench to everything you want to loosen so you don’t break it.

Little screws nuts and bolts can be expensive and very had to find to replace it. Then you may have to buy completely new part which takes away the character and originality of the bike. If a part is stuck, apply the oil liberally and I suggest waiting overnight before trying to loosen parts. The little extra time here will save some frustration, disappointment and money.

I personally think that whenever possible you should try to maintain and use the original parts but there are times when this just isn’t possible. In those cases you have two choices. Replace the part with an original part off another old bike or buy a completely new part. I would recommend the first if at all possible because using a new part is not always is easy to do as it often is a different size an getting it to work properly with everything else can be a challenge. Finding an original part to fit your bike also has its challenges. Both finding it and the price that you will have to pay isn’t always easy but I feel it is the way to go.

These parts are not as difficult as they used to be to find with the advent of the internet and sites like ebay but it still can be a challenge.

Well you have begun your journey into vintage road bikes and I think you will be thrilled with the results when you get to ride your old beauty. Till then have fun as you restore a piece of history and I think you’ll find the ride much more comfortable then on a modern bike of today.

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