I was swapping private messages the other day on a Cycling forum with a n other member who said he keeps thinking about starting up a little “ cottage type” industry selling retro bikes .
This is something myself and my partner have often discussed from time to time , but we have never taken the jump to actually doing it whole heartedly . Several people would say that after buying and selling retro road bikes for the last 7+ years and having completed over 150 transactions in that time we are almost there anyway .
The main reasons that stop me are I have no dedicated work space , I don’t have enough experience of doing certain jobs and the lack of specialist tools. Over the years I have bought tools as and when I feel the need to obtain them for certain jobs , a recent bike purchase came with a selection of bike tools that will be used if a job requiring them arises .
A lack of space is a harder problem to sort. Although my current facility is ok, it’s far from ideal, mainly due to not having an allocated work space where I could leave a bike partly dismantled without having to move another bike around it , at the moment I like to try and make sure each job is finished before getting into this situation .
The easiest answer would be to have a bigger unit or a completely separate working unit , both have their own issues more space could mean more room to put clutter in rather than have a clear workspace and a separate unit would mean having to move bike from place to place each time I wanted to work on said bike .
I have even approached my local bike shop a couple of times about having a couple of finished bikes on display in the their shop area , but this has never been met with much interest mainly due to them only selling Bike Shaped Object’s rather than what I call nice bikes .
So for the time being I will continue as I have and make do , but I need to learn to do a few more jobs myself rather than relying on others doing them for me , and with this in mind I have purchased a few framesets so I can have a go at doing more of a complete bike build myself .
I look forward to showing you these projects as and when I start them never mind finish them .