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Is my bicycles worth restoring? How much are my bikes worth?

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i have no idea about vintage bicycles, can anyone help?



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the first bike is a robin hood. the second is a raleigh. no idea what model they are.

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I see that the Raleigh comes with a Singapore license plate. Check if the license plate number tally with the frame. I think you can search for the embossed number at the downtube of the frame, or try to search for it. It will be rare if u have a bike that comes with a original license plate, and both the frame number and license plate number tally.

Anyway... I think your Raleigh condition still look good and does not need any restoration. Just keep it as it is will be good. By the way, you lock your bike at the void deck?

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I have a Robin hood gentleman bike.... almost the same condition as yours.

Drum brakes...not restored yet. But I have some Raleigh and Hercules gentlemen and ladies. 

If you ask me, I think its worth restoring them... perhaps retain the current paint if its still good, and restoring them to operational riding mode.

The experience riding them is some what different from other bikes.

There were occasions people eyeballed my roadster.... and said, "Nice vintage!"

So i vote, restore them!

How much they worth? Hmmm I remembered i paid 4 digits for a good condition one many years ago.



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Thanks guys anyone know how do I get rid of the rust? Or any where I can bring it for restoration :)

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Light surface rust, use 000 steel wool
Stubborn rust, use copper brush!

Raleigh Sport:
Please remove the basket & the rear kick stand
Replace the saddle with a Brooks
If the paint is original, use are wax to polish the surface
Looks like you have a rear AB hub (build-in drum brakes)
Much harder to find
And please, don't leave it at the void deck!

Raleigh RobinHood:
Please remove the rear rack
Replace the saddle with a Brooks
Missing rod attachment for the rear brake (Cannot find original, go for Chinese)
Probably you need to strip and repaint the frame
Re-chrome the rims (Can buy NOS chinese rims instead)
Replace the spokes (Cannot find original, go for Chinese)

Remember, try to use parts that are original and period correct!
Salvage as many parts as possible from the existing bicycle

Classic & vintage bicycles not only look good, ride good and feel good
It's also about getting your hands dirty, spending time to restore and refurbish to achieve "Showroom" condition
You occasionally spend more money to get the end results

Good luck!

Do keep us updated on your project
Show us your progress in "Member's Build"



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Thanks guys anyone know how do I get rid of the rust? Or any where I can bring it for restoration :)

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Does anyone know who or where can I get help/pay to restore ? I don't have the tools and knowledge to do it. Need help. Thanks guys

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Hi,

A proper restoration work don't come cheap
You can go to "The Rebound Centre" to get a quote
Go to "Vendor's Corner" to get the shop information

Hope this helps!



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