Picture of Refurbishing an Old Bicycle

My girlfriend had a beat up old beach cruiser that she used to ride around the city when she lived in Philadelphia. It was rusty, had a broken pedal, was missing its kickstand, and just needed a lot of TLC. About a year ago, I decided to fix it up and present it to her for her birthday. The results were fairly stunning, considering the shape it was in to begin with. She thought it was a new bike!

This instructable will show you how to tear down an old bicycle, remove the old paint, clean the frame and various components, repaint, and reassemble. It helps to be familiar with how bicycles work, but not entirely necessary. At the very least, you should be "mechanically inclined". If you have an older bicycle, it will be easier to work on.

At any rate, read on to see how I did it.

Note: This is my first instructable. I've been coming here for years for ideas and inspiration. I figured it was about time I contributed. Unfortunately, when I build things, I get so wrapped up in the process that taking pictures is the last thing on my mind. The only reason I took so many pictures of this project was so that I could show my girlfriend that her new bike was, in fact, just her old bike with a fresh coat of paint and a few new parts. In the future, I'll try and take more pictures as I go so that I can share more of my projects.

sysadmn15 days ago
Really cool. If you're going for a retro or vintage look, google "vinyl bicycle decals". A couple of companies make reproduction decal kits for $20 - 50, or custom decals for as little as $10! How about a Flying Scot (http://bicycledecals.net/flyingscotdecals.htm), Indian Princess (http://www.velocals.com/indian-princess-decal-set/) or build your own (http://veloink.com/collections/new/products/decal-constructor)?

Amazing job! I love the new color choice, too!

Wow, gorgeous results! That's a happy bike.

you1 year ago

A tip seen on a pbs show called curiosity quest at a bike shop: If you have an air compressor blow air at the edge of the handlebar grip/handle bar metal interface and the grip will easily slide off intact. It expands the grip on a cushion of air and allows it to be removed effortlessly.

seanwhalen (author)  you1 year ago

Nice tip!

Looks great! Love the red and white combo! :)

Wow man, came up fantastic. Like how you just bypassed the chrome and just painted the mud guards.