Old Bicycle Mechanics
Never Die...

...their tires just get softer and softer

This website is dedicated to those bicycle mechanics who keep the torch flame alive.

Send us your photos of your shop and your bike collections.
We'll help you share your stash!

 

Bikes hanging from wall and lined up on floor. Shelves of interesting bicycle parts.

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 pretty fragile."

Photo of two rows of bikes, with sun streaming through window. Bikes, wheels hanging from ceiling of unfinished attic.

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 website.

Wheels hanging from ceiling, guys hanging out, oogling parts and a bike in the workstand.
3 bikes, one in a workstand, unfinished walls & floors, bare bulbs, except for one with a fancy Tiffany-style shade--quite eclectic.

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 his shop:

"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:
http://groups.msn.com/Mtb613/
mybikeslately.msnw

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...

Narrow, concrete-walled workshop with 6 complete pro bikes and 5 frames.  Rollers hanging on wall in foreground.

Love that Gios blue!!!

Raleigh Pro, upside down in a park stand. Very cluttered basement in the background.

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.

Joe Bender-Zanoni 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 more years.

Bike in Park stand, workbench with classic truing stand. White pegboard on wall with tools and parts.  Nice lightly cluttered look. Eight frames and partial bikes hanging from ceiling. Mixte bike on floor. Well-organized shelves of small parts.  A few tires and handlebars mixed in.

Steven Maasland claims that this is his basement. OK, not really. This is what he says:

"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.

Closeup of 1930s Frejus drivetrain mounted on a bike.

Huge stack of bundles of rusty levers, with end of handlebars of very old bike in foreground.
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 photography.
Black & white photo of a workshop with small metal lathe, table saw, jigsaw and workbenches.  Eclectic but neat. Workbench with neatly organized tools on pegboard and two workbenches, totally covered with bicycle parts.  Ghostly image of Sheldon in front of bench.  You can see right through him!
 

Wayne Bingham send along these photos of his shop and collection.

Nicely organized shop, with wooden shelves full of parts (some striped Campy boxes there) a bike in a Park stand, wheels and handlebars hanging from ceiling, and drill press in foreground.

Finished room with 8 nice bikes visible, picture window in background. Matching blue helmets on table in foreground.

"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 on display
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!"

8 bikes in an unfinished room. Also a like-new Hutch HPV.

Paul Williams 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. Paul says:

"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."

Bookcase full of academic titles, with classic bicycle parts resting in front of and on top of books to give a touch of reality to learned discourse.

Bike frames, parts, stands in corner by file cabinet.  More books in background.

 

 

Study desk frames by old frameset and bike box--newly arrived goodies to glance at when the research presses in too close?

"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."

Wide-angle view of work area, full-size tool cabinet against far wall, wheels hanging from ceiling, neatly organized boxes, and 11 bikes visible, two in a double-arm Park stand.  Neither one upside down, so probably not a Schwinn man.

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.

Four tandems! At least 5 other bikes visible as well. All on a concrete floor, in front of an old brick wall.

11 bikes hanging neatly in front of a foundation wall, half fieldstone, half brick.

Paul says:

"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 etc.

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! Bicycle frame in Park stand, with highly organized workbench in background.
Joel makes the maximum use of his space.

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 bike messenger.

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! clever, eh?

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 in
a shop since i was 17... :)

7 classic bikes hanging on hooks. 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!

Reserved for Rob Hawks

Remember, there is always someone out there who has more bikes than you. Help us prove that this conundrum is true! Send your pics and we'll post them here.


Last edited March 9, 2003
Steve@SteveBarner.com