Guest post from our old mechanic, Jim;
I recently decided to leave Bristol for a while to see what life was like by the sea in Plymouth. Unfortunately, not long after making the move, my kitchen ceiling decided it wanted to see what life was like on the kitchen floor, and that the toptube of my girlfriend’s Pinarello was suitable to use to break its fall.
Lucky nobody was in the room at the time
Whilst carbon fibre is very strong and a fantastic material for making bikes with, it is also fragile and is easily damaged in a crash, or when an inch of stone and plasterwork falls on it. That a cracked or dented carbon frame is a write off, however, is a common misconception. Carbon fibre can be repaired both reasonably cheaply, and in many cases as easily steel.
Doing some digging online returned a dozen or so companies across the country who are able to repair a frame damaged like this one, with prices ranging from around £150-£200 for a non-cosmetic repair; essentially a plain carbon patch – suitable if your bike is already plain weave, or if the damage is in an inconspicuous area. To restore the paint to its original look is around an additional £150, depending on the company.
Having looked at photos of the work to compare each company’s offering, I settled on Target Composites, based in Cheshire. Their repairs appeared some of the best on offer, and the paintwork seems completely indistinguishable from the original. On top of this, they are noticeably better value than many of the other companies I looked at.
Speaking to Phil at Target to discuss the work, we decided to lose the complex graphic on the top tube, as well as the large FP2 lettering on the sides. He could have restored these if we wanted, but it would have been a bit more fiddly, so wasn’t worth the extra expense. The white chevron on the top tube would be retained, and the black fade from the headtube extended to mask the smaller carbon weave used in the repair. If the bike had a more simple paint job, it could be restored to 100% match the original at no extra cost.
The total cost for the repair and paint restoration came to just £240, and Phil even kindly offered to give a trade discount due to my working in the bike industry, nice one!
Frame stripped down and ready to go
Target’s standard turnaround time on repairs is 2-3 weeks. However, due to our excellent sob story, Jordan not having a second bike (yet), and the fact she has a ride planned within the usual repair timescale, Phil managed to get the frame repaired, painted, and returned in just over a week.
He also noticed that after having painted the frame, the top section inside the chevron looked a little plain, so added the P logo back to the bike to break things up a little. He also lacquered over a small bit of cosmetic damage on the chainstay from a few dropped chains over the years.
Overall, I can’t recommend the service enough. All the communication was quick and easy, the prices are good and the bike looks better than new! (the wheels could do with a clean though…)
Here are some more examples of some of Target’s recent repairs. I’m really quite astounded at how badly damaged a frame they are able to bring back from the brink.
This weekend Steve Peat came to Bristol. He was mainly in town for Peaty’s Bike Bonanza on Sunday. But he also came for a ride with a big group of locals around Ashton Court and Leigh Woods on Saturday before a evening at the Arnolfini for “An evening with – This is Peaty”.
The ride on the local Bristol trails was great. The sun came out and with the trails dry from a rain free week it felt like summer! I don’t think that I will ever again ride trails that I know so well in a single file of 90 riders one of which is a past world champion. Everyone enjoyed the ride and we all went at a pretty chilled out pace with all egos left behind in the cafe.
The evening event consisted of an hour long film put together from recent This Is Peaty episodes with some previously unseen footage, then a Peaty themed quiz followed by a Q&A ask Peaty anything session. It was great to meet the man, the legend and find out lots more about him. He spoke about his career, his team and the highs and lows including his life changing crash at the 2004 World Championships in Les Gets. It seems like it effected him very deeply. After the Q&A he came and had a couple of pints with everyone in the bar. He is a really nice bloke, really approachable and friendly.
At the Bike Bonanza there were bargains galore. Everything from Steve’s own bikes, ENVE wheels and riding clothing to titanium hardtail frames to last year’s Fox forks brand new from Mojo to all the stuff that the local biking community had in their sheds. It was a brilliant event, lots of people went away very happy to have sold on their spare kit and to have got a great deal on some second hand parts.
Fingers crossed that Steve decides to come back and do it all again next year!
Today the Taylored Cycle Hub is at Southmead Hospital for the first of three trial days in the last Thursday of the month. We are here for the surrounding community as well as staff and patients at the hospital. We are already well booked up today but we can take bookings for next month. Have a look at our website HERE for more details and a link showing where to find us.
On Thursday 26th February, 26th March and 23rd April 2015 (4th Thursday of the month) the Taylored Cycle Hub will be experimenting with a new location at Southmead Hospital.
The Hub will be open to both staff and patients of the hospital as well as local residents.
You will be able to find us at the Monks Park entrance HERE.
We have other sites that we are planning for Thursday trials that will be announced soon!
It is not really a great surprise to us, but if you’re not convinced then have a read.
Then if you want us to come out and sort out your old bike to allow you to make it happen then get in touch: http://www.tayloredcycles.com/wecollect
We love Pashley Cycles and we especially love the Clubman Urban. It is one of the few bikes available with either the Sturmey Archer 2 speed kickshift or Sturmey Archer 3 speed fixed hubs. Cool old technology put to great use.
There was a great turn out this morning at St Werburghs Primary School this morning for our Dr Bike session. This session was setup by Sustrans and funded through the Bristol City Council LSTF fund.
“I Googled vintage Dawes galaxy and found this wonderful cycle Beautifully restored by Ross at Taylored cycles. The cycle is now in France with me were I live in Finistere. It rides beautifully and inspires me to explore more of the locality.”
At the end of last year we bought an old Dawes Galaxy from eBay for a relative. Mostly we went for this particular one because of the beautiful old Brooks saddle. The relative in question having actually seen the bike decided that he needed something a lot more upright. Rather than put it straight back on eBay we decided that it was so lovely and had so much potential that we would restore it to it’s former glory.
So now the restoration is completed and it is for sale.
The original paintwork was ruined and the decals were mostly gone. So we got it powder coated (tougher than paint) in the original colour:
All the parts were individually cleaned and serviced before refitting. We replaced the tyres, cables, pannier rack, bar tape and brake pads. Everything else has been saved and still works well. It is a 58cm if measured centre to top or a 56cm if measured centre to centre. Here is the finished bike in our new office:
With the cost of the parts, the powder coating and the time taken this was never going to be a very profitable project. In fact it is so lovely had it been the right size there is no way we would have parted with it. But, having had it sat looking nice in our new HQ for a couple of months we now need to sell it. Sad times.
Would you like to own a beautiful bike like this? Go and have a look in Roll for the Soul in Bristol where it is on display. If it is not raining and the guys like the look of you (and you have sufficient ID), they will let you take it for a short test ride to see if you like the lovely smooth way it rides.
We are asking for £495 or near offer. So give us a call on 07811 330586 if you are interested.
THE BIKE HAS NOW BEEN SOLD
Do carry cash, don’t pass wind, and other essential advice for the aspiring well-mannered cyclist from the Global Cycling Network on YouTube.