Mark Agree's fine workshop & display.
I count about 15 bikes in this shot, and Mark says there are
another dozen bikes and framesets that are outside this photo.
Steve Birmingham's secret stash
is top-floor. In an attic, that is.
"Here's a couple photos of my carriage house upstairs. This
is where I keep most of the bikes that aren't anything really
special. Most of these are really low end stuff, but some are
interesting, and some were just too original to pass up. As you
can see, I'm not too picky, and dont just get lightweights. The
Hutch HPV Superbike (the one that resembles a motorcycle) has
a 62 or 63 tooth chainring, and is just as quick as any of my
lightweights. I havent ridden it with the fairings on, they are
Dale Brown has a
home shop that might just be more fun to check out than the shiny
gold one (cyles de Oro, that is)! All those tools neatly arranged
on white pegbboard--is this guy a pro, or what?
Click the photo to dive into the Cirque section of the ClassicRendezvous
Rodd Heino is not helping me
out much in my attempt to reveal that most other collectors have
many more bikes than I. Still, I really like the old-style washing
sink and the classic basement decor. Here's what Rodd says about
"This shot only shows three of my five bikes but I like
the lighting. This is a just set up bike shop.
Here's a link to my bikes online too:
just in case you or anyone else is interested"
What I really like about Dirk Feeken's
shop is that you aren't sure if you are supposed to turn the photo
to get the correct orientation. Bet he gets vertigo working here.
How do you balance on those rollers, Dirk?
Here's what Dirk says about his shop:
"When I read your CR mail about the basement gallery I immedeately
went down and shot the attached pic. You can see even if there's
nobody who has more bikes then you there's at least somebody's
who is more unorganized..."
Oh, Dirk--little do you know...
Love that Gios blue!!!
That's not a roll of very wide padded handlebar
tape hanging from the beam. It's a leather flatbelt for my tractor.
Here's my basement shop. I am very tight on space,
so I cannot keep my bikes consolidated in one place. They're in
the basement, the bedroom, the attic, the barn, the outhouse,
and even in the caboose!
I've heard that you can tell a Schwinn mechanic, because they
always want to flip the bike upside down to work on it. I still
have my Schwinn Factory Trained Service diploma and tieclip, and
I still flip bikes upside down.
That's a Burke horizontal mill in the background. I have a nifty
little machine tool collection, but my basement shop is so cluttered
that a visitor wouldn't even notice a huge 10' long LeBlond lathe
buried under a pile of bike parts.
Here's some more photos of my collection.
sent so many pictures, I gave them their
own page. Here are two of his fine shop. Joe is obviously
single-minded about his obsession. Nothing but classic bikes and
parts to be seen anywhere! He says he has five more bikes in the
shed. Judging from the position of that frame in the Park stand,
Joe either didn't stay long at the Schwinn dealership, or he worked
on French bikes.
Looks like there's only enough plugs in that Velox card for 12
claims that this is his basement. OK, not really. This is what
"I thought that you might like to see a friend's bike storage
place in Italy. All of those oxidizing bits are Vittoria Margherita
gears. The fellow's father bought out all the remaining inventory
when Gnieddu closed down Vittoria. All of the parts are in the
raw and would need to be plated."
Here's what those parts COULD look like.
|Sheldon Brown takes
after his dad. That's Sheldon on the right, and his dad's shop in
the '50s on the left. Click the photos to view more of Sheldon's
Bingham send along these photos of his shop and collection.
"The shop has another rack of hanging
frames and wheelsets on the opposite wall, and about four more
bikes scattered around the room. The display gallery is in the
process of being reorganized. What you see is half of my basement
rec-room. The other half is the "living area" which
houses my other collection - music, but there are three bikes
there as well. The Ciocc is a rebuild project for a friend, so
it will be leaving soon. The Cannondale, my wife's ex-race bike,
is the only modern bike in the mix. The garage houses the daily-riders
(both mine and my wife's), as well as being a staging area for
other oddities and things that may be coming or going. Like Steve
Birmingham, I also have
a Hutch HPV stashed there, but I've ridden mine, fairing and all!"
has, perhaps, the classiest "shop." Campy hubs and Brooks
Pro saddles don't sit on some dirty workbench, but rest kissing
such tomes as Theatres Memory, Social Being and Time, The
Archeology of Disease, and We Were Not the Savages.
"I am really looking forward to setting up a basement shop
soon as my wife and I have just bought a house. Right now we live
in a two-bedroom, downtown Ottawa, high-rise apartment. As you
can imagine buidling bikes is an interesting challenge in such
a space. My collection is modest but space does restrict one's
hobby somewhat. I have two bikes on the balcony (both MTBs), a
1982 Bob Jackson in the living room, a 1981 Raleigh in the hall-way,
and a 1970 PX10E in pieces in one corner of my home-office along
with a 1974 Jack Taylor frame."
|"I am an academic. Having recently switched
careers from archaeology to geography, I am just finishing my doctoral
dissertation in the latter. Therefore, my home office is also full
of books, papers, computer equipment, etc. As you can see the book
case in the office also serves as a bike work-space. It is the place
where, along with some of my hundreds of books, I place my cleaned
and polished parts prior to a build. On the shelves at the moment
I have: a Mafac Racer brakeset; a Cinelli stem; a pair of first
generation LOOK pedals, a pair of Normandy hubs; a pair of cycling
gloves, measuring calipers; the head-badge from a Falcon; a tyre
bag with spare tubular inside; my heart rate monitor; a Brooks B5N
saddle; a Wright's saddle; a Bicyclesport Toronto water bottle;
and a bottle of Testors paint and brush for doing touch-ups when
I get bored with writing. On top of the shelf are my two helmets,
in front of the shelf is a bike box which contains a Falcon frame,
and on a coat-hanger in the closet I have six tyres nestled close
to my jackets and ties. Leaning against the filing cabinet is one
wheel-set and a pair of rims. In front of the closet is my overflowing
toolbox, various solvents and polishes, floor pump, a can of WD40,
a bottle of Phil's Tenacious Oil (which I have had for about 15
years), a recycled baking powder container in which I am soaking
some old nipples, a baggie in which I have two-wheels-worth of spokes,
a trainer, and a cardboard box in which I have the parts for the
PX10E. One of the drawers in the antique chest-of-drawers is entirely
given over to my cycling clothing."
Paul Lee sends the panoramic
photo of his barn-shop above, and several photos of his collection,
as included below. Click the image above to see more photos
of Paul's collection.
"I took a few shots of my shop in the "barn" and
my bike room in the basement. I rotate a few bikes up to the barn
to work on and ride every
so often. All four walls in the basement have bikes hanging along
them and the tandems are piled in the corner. I have a few more
off site at my dads and a few outdoors, weathering.
I don't keep an accurate count, but it is plenty. Always room
for more, somehow. Looking forward to Copake, Trexlertown, Cirque
My wife loves when I am happy and I am happy when I am surrounded
by bikes. She is always up for a new ride too!
Have you ever heard of "Bike Barnicus" in Vermont?
It was this guy with a barn, stuffed with bikes, to the point
of almost collapsing. I scored a tattered LeJeune there a few
years back for $20. He advertised by chaining a Huffy type bike
to a tree or pole every few miles with a sign: "200 bikes
for sale, this way ->"."
|Karen Rawls has
an incredibly well-stocked and organized shop. She looks like she
is going into business! Click the photo to go to her website and
drool on the rows of bikes she has, all neatly organized. Oh, what
a standard she sets!
Joe Metz writes:
ok, i cant help myself, ive got a digital camera, and spare time,
and a "shop" (har har). i cant have the basement shop
like the rest of youse, cause im a renter and all ive got is my
one room... and the bikes section is even fairly low on classic
content, but here we are...
one montage,detailing the bike sections of my shop/room - you'll
notice the absence of a workstand - thats cause itls folded up
behind the fishtank, which isnt in any of the photos...
clockwise from top left:
the bikes. only list-period bike is the guerciotti track frame.
but there's list-period parts on everything!
two of the taylors, and the accumulated bags of a travelling
yep, a pie safe, now holding various vintage bits, on top of
a home-built parts cabinet (magnum-size wine boxes with vintage
parts bits as drawer
pulls!) couple silca pumps stacked on top too. if you look really
close, youll see your web page on the monitor in the background!
some vintage jerseys, some modern repros, and a windchime of
vintage freewheel cogs. i think theres a campy gran sport crankarm
in the hanging basket.
the fiorelli fixie and the third taylor... another wine box parts
chest. my carradice and some vintage karrimor panniers
the backside of the pie safe, and half the desk. a few books
(notables: rebour books, first couple volumes of the wheelman
(1880s), the 1932 umberto dei team poster, and my 1895 truing
stand. yes, its tempermental, and yes, i use it :)
woo woo exciting...
not a whole lot, but im a mere 32 years old, and havent worked
a shop since i was 17... :)
||Click the link at the left to visit Mark
Petry's website. You'll see his beautiful black Cinelli,
a vibrant-stay Hetchins Magnum Opus, and a Singer, among others.
No drooling, please.
So, I'm hoping
that once Rob sees my shop, he'll change his mind and send me
a photo of his. Here's his explanation for why he hasn't sent
a photo yet:
"Neat idea. Hope it takes off. For myself,
I couldn't take a shot of my shop and have it look like a workshop,
as it's a huge mess all the time. My wife showed me a picture
from Sunset magazine last night and asked why my shop can't look
like that. The picture showed an immaculate garage with bikes
up on pulley ropes, etc."
"Looking at it philosophically, at least she
understands the concept of there being a bike shop in the garage.
You can always scan that magazine shot, Rob, and
claim it's yours. People do that with parts on eBay all the time!
for Rob Hawks