[quote="IDB1"]What's a nice condition splatter paint Cinder Cone or Explosif cost these days?[/quot
thats a question, for me.... i dunno, how can you price your dreams and memories..lol..., havnt had a bike shop for over ten years now, but since the change in direction, my new business premises, has a lot of space sum awesun woods/forest less than 3 minutes away.....there such a massive sub culture for retro riding these days,especially out this way, its all about your own budget really, have helped a lot of friends in our little revival, build/source/refinish there bikes, and done sum amazing resurresctions, every ones taste is different as are there budget, to find sumthing relatively rare is about a lot of luck or deep pockets..lol.....but a good and accurate reserection...i.e, total frame refinish..powder coat,zinc coat, sandblast, budget for a bloody good job at say £100-150, decals can be hard, but we can do them, that said, more often than not the original frame helps, or good manufacturers help, to have one running as a new bike would, defo always advise new cable kit, brake blocks, bearings, etc, fully serviced, all wheels spot on true, sum guys really want the look too, so good s/h period tyres can be hard to find, i was lucky with mine as i swore by panaracer timbuk 2s back in the day, and our good friend jeff, at firstflyte bikes in the u.s helped out there a lot, they are making them again, and although they are the same money as a current model kevlar tyre, there still import duty to think of, sum guys are lucky and are in the right place at the right time, and find sum really clean near new stuff and can pick it up for a couple of hundred complete, that was bought by a yuppie in the eighties and never got used, but time ticks on, and the s/h markets getting bigger, checking prices and sourcing parts for these bikes, is getting harder, more people looking more people buying...prices are rising as time ticks on and stuff gets rarer too, last week i saw a set of xt thumbies make, 80quid, (nuts) i didnt pay that when new....lol...,!!!!! the best part about it for me, is seeing so many different legendary frames again, the alloys the steels the carbons, and building them up, almost re tailored to suit the new rider/ owner, if you think about all of them, and then look at the cost of a good top end bike today, to even get sumthing remotely near top of the range , prices start at a grand and go as high as 6k, building a cool mint condition ride, that rides as good and looks as good as it did back in the day, i reckon if you had five hundred quid you would end up with a real cool ride that draws admiring glances, and rides as good as good as the day it was born. im currently finishing a bontrager racelight, and gt avalanche, and a cannondale sm1000, ill post sum pics when they are finished, and you can tell me your thoughts, im quite fortunate really, got a bloody good team of pals around me, all oldskool shall we say..lol, that all chip in too, the revival rides are awsum (big shout out to sum, maverick, the forger, zippy etc),....the way we see it, what was cool then is still cool today.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!