Second Life

Second Life

Geplaatst door: op 17 Jul 2015 | Geen reacties

Most of the Raleigh Sirocco’s parts are in wonderful shape. After a good cleaning and polish they are ready for their second life.

Leather saddles – How you can break them in quickly

Geplaatst door: op 14 Jul 2015 | Geen reacties

Leather saddles need breaking in. Period!

If you ever bought a new leather saddle, you know that they start off being hard and tough. Not a pleasure to ride on by any means. It can take many miles of cycling and up to a year before the leather gets  a little flexible and starts to take your butt’s shape. Once you reach that point it will be your best friend. And, if you care for him a little, will be so for a very long time. Cause, on the upside, leather is very durable.

Especially its luxurious look, its craftsmanship and reputation for quality are what draws me to the Brooks collection of leather saddles. Although less so now, they also used to produce a large array of coloured saddles. Something I happily combined in my bike designs. However, I found the saddles too hard and I did not put them on my own bike. This changed when I came across a blogpost that mentioned Lon Haldeman’s method for breaking in a leather saddle WITHIN A WEEK. This sparked my curiosity and I started his method that same day. Btw, Lon himself claims he does it in a day!

In a nutshell – the full method is explained by himself – it involves soaking the new leather saddle in warm water, giving it a long massage, riding it and applying lots and lots of mink oil. So far I broke in three leather saddles – two Brooks Professionals and one Brooks B17 – and in each case I found his method to work really well. Not only do the leather saddles become very comfortable to ride on (especially the B17) they also get this nice vintage patina.  One point of criticism is that the coloured leather saddles loose their paint quite easily. Take care what trousers you wear while breaking these in.

So all you need to get going is some mink oil – I got a tin from Red Wing boots – a cloth and a towel.

Back to DIY page.

Raleigh on a Roadtrip

Geplaatst door: op 10 Jul 2015 | Geen reacties

The Raleigh Sirocco, which I disassembled a few days ago, has been packed and shipped to the company that will chromize it.

Prepping

Geplaatst door: op 9 Jul 2015 | Geen reacties

Second step in the design process, is prepping the frame. As this Raleigh road bike will be converted to a single speed, all frame parts related to the derailleurs can be removed.

Bicycle Disassembly – First step in redesigning a bike

Geplaatst door: op 2 Jul 2015 | Geen reacties

Bicycle Disassembly – Breaking it up in pieces

Ever since I was child I liked taking things apart. Getting to know what is inside, how things work, satisfying a curiosity for the unknown. And I still like it, a lot. The bicycle disassembly is my favourite step in the design process.

First step in the design process is the disassembly of the bike. In this case, a vintage Raleigh Sirocco.

Fixed Days Bike Market

Fixed Days Bike Market

Geplaatst door: op 2 Jul 2015 | Geen reacties

This weekend is the kick-off of the Tour de France, the so-called ‘Grand Depart’. On Sunday the cyclists will pass through Rotterdam on a stone’s throw away from where I will be. Fixed Days is organising one of their Bike Markets and Velo Vintage will be there with a stand. Come and visit us and see some exquisite design bikes.


Location: Station Hofplein, Raampoortstraat 30, Rotterdam
Date: July 5th 2015
Time: 10:00-18:00h
Entrance fee: 2,50€. With Rotterdampas: 1€

 

Tailor made

Tailor made

Geplaatst door: op 20 Jun 2015 | Geen reacties

Velo Vintage started a new line of design bikes: fabric covered frames!

This process begins with drawing a paper template for each of the four main tubes (head, seat, top and down tube). Fabric receives a special treatment after which the templates are used to cut out the right sizes. A glue fits the fabric around the tubes.

Below you see an Italian road bike frame with a mustard green powdercoat and a titanium coloured fabric.

Ghisallo

Ghisallo

Geplaatst door: op 8 Mei 2015 | Geen reacties

It’s been a wish of mine for some time to use a pair of wooden rims in one of my designs. Finally I ordered a pair of pista rims from Ghisallo in Italy who builds them by hand in their workshop. To make the set complete I also got a Scatto Italiano Cafe Racer handlebar. Ouch, I like these a lot!

Future projects

Future projects

Geplaatst door: op 8 Mei 2015 | Geen reacties

A fan of my work just donated four vintage road bike frames: a Gazelle ‘Champion Mondial’, Batavus ‘Professional’ and two unbranded Italian ones. They are the perfect basis for great future projects!

Decals

Decals

Geplaatst door: op 30 Apr 2015 | Geen reacties

First trial batch of custom VeloVintage decals has arrived! I only need to sand the edges and bend them after which they can be mounted on the head tube of my bike designs.