Bicycles I have Restored

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Thanks for all the support!!


  1. Hi John,
    I just wanted to reach out and let you know how much I enjoy your blog. Thanks for putting in the time to document your efforts. I love the fact that your restoring bikes that most in the bike repair business wouldn’t touch or would charge so much the owner throws the bike out and gets something from Walmart. I got a quote for well over $2000.00 to get my bike restored, which is nuts, since it’s nothing special. I’m sure your customers really appreciate the documentation of their bike restoration. Bikes don’t have to be rare or expensive to be appreciated. They just need to be ridden and enjoyed. To me the bikes you restore are the backbone of bicycling.

    I’ve also restored bikes in my spare time years ago, but never gave it a shot to do it on a full time basis. Instead, I’m writing a blog about mostly city bikes, commuting and the bike scene in Portland, but the backdrop is Philbert, my restoration project. Philbert is my Phillips 1961 3 speed light roadster from England I purchased from craigslist for $30.00. It’s in a state of neglect that most wouldn’t touch, but like you, I appreciate a good challenge!

    I wanted to share a couple things I found while searching around for restoration tips. has some amazing posts about rust removal and polishing that are incredibly detailed. These are long posts of about 30 pages each with a lot of photos and explanations. All of the techniques focus on how to do it inexpensively and without a huge outlay of equipment. From reading your posts, it sounds like you have almost everything already tool-wise. I thought I was good at polishing, but take a look. Ted Carl, the guy who posted the articles, brings polishing to a whole new level!

    I originally planned on taking Philbert in for painting or powder coating, but now you can do your own two-part, base coat/clear coat paint work at home out of a spray can for around $40.00 to 60.00. I don’t know how much you know about auto painting, but this is the same type of system body shops use. Granted the paint won’t be as tough as what you get from the body shop, but it will be a far cry better than anything you can do at home without spray equipment or an oven. And for biking, it should be just fine since the paint won’t be deflecting gravel at 80 mph or taking a salt bath during the winter. The decals can go under the clear coat for protection as well. Take a look at I haven’t tried this myself, but plan to this winter and will do a few posts on the prep, process and results.

    On a side note, we’ve traveled the same roads. I was born in Gurnee, moved to Kenosha and my wife’s family is from Marinette. I guess that makes us flatlander, yooper, cheesheads!

    Take care,

    1. Hi Brett,

      Thanks for the kind words!

      I checked out your Phillips, I love it!!

      I love old three speeds, I take a lot of crap from friends for loving them, I often take one on all day rides with friends and never have a problem keeping up and it often functions better on long day rides and camping rides.

      I was actually born in Escanaba, Michigan in Upper Michigan just north of Marinette, grew up mostly in Wisconsin and now live in Gurnee so we have pretty much stomped the same grounds. I am up in Escanaba for the holiday weekend visiting family now.

      Thanks for the links and I look forward to reading your blog a little more when I get home.

      John Z.

  2. Fantastic work! I have a very old scheming twin that
    I would like to have restored. My number is 407-924-3975
    If you cloud call me with a roundabout estimate.