How to get started on your first bike restoration

Do you want to restore an old bike but have no idea where to start? Here are some tips to get started.

What tools do you need for your bike restoration?

These are some tools I can’t go without:

  • Chain breakerAllen keys
  • Screwdrivers
  • Spanner set
  • Cable cutters
  • Crank puller
  • Cassette or freewheel removal tool 
  • Bottom bracket removal tool
  • Cone spanners (for hub servicing)
  • Cloths for cleaning

What parts will you need to replace?

  • Bottom Bracket if it’s not sealed and it has problems such as rust or pitted ball bearings
  • Tyres and tubes if they are old and cracked, or if the bike has sat on a flat for a while
  • The seat if it has a crack in it. You don’t want that rain water to be absorbed by your pants on your way to work.
  • Chain. Chains are often rusted or stretched and will damage the rest of the drive train even if the teeth are still good
  • Brake pads: they dry out and won’t work as well
  • Cables. If it’s been sitting a while in the weather they will get rusty and need to be replaced. For a smoother braking and shifting experience, replace cable housing as well. Old cable housing gets dirt and rust on the inside as well as cracking on the outside. 
  • Bar tape if it has drop bars – grips if it has a flat bar. Bar tape gets dirty and if it’s been ridden a lot, chances are it has a lot of salt buildup on the inside. Ew.