Good heavens. !
Well, what can I say .. umm, I own a bikeshop (with my good wife, she does the boring stuff) AND I F******************** LOVE retrobikes. ANYTHING retro, bring it in, ill pour over it with lemon-flavored love & full appreciation.
Right, Ill calm down now, that was just my reaction to reading this thread!. Now for some facts, I have worked/run shops since 1991, (was also a Hotlines/Lapierre rep for a few years) and we have had our shop for the past two years. First & foremost, I'm not here to plug my business in any way, we are doing ok thanks (I work my ass off) But the truth is I spend all day, 6days a week, running the shop (I also do all the repair work) with my mate, Nathan, bikes bikes bikes, all day, then I get home, and bang, straight onto retrobike (great site) and bloody ebay. (like a lot of DH so some of that as well) (& road, just built a retro-ish Cinelli, ten speed, single ring, with a Dura Ace bar-end shifter)
I run the workshop on about 5-6 repairs a day, we do struggle at times with getting parts on time, but things run pretty well. (we sell bikes as well!) However, whenever we get a Retrobike in, we are all over it, and I do my best to help out. We have had some good ones this past year, and we often put them up on our page, (run by Nath) on facebook, look it up, its called racebikes past and present (& also look up the peeps who like it ! a few names you should know, quite a few have posted some great pics & stories)
One of our regulars, who rides with us on our DH team, bought the ProFlex 752 on ebay recently, that, in the flesh is nice. We are looking at doing a retro ride from the shop sometime, follow the old 80s Newbury mountian bike club route I did when I was 13.
Anyway, I just wanted to dispel and completely destroy the rumor that most LBS's don't much about old bikes. This one DOES.
Any of you lot fancy popping in for a chat, your welcome. Maybe even a Tea. But you might have to wash the cup first !
89' Ridgeback 602lx/603
91' Muddy Fox Alu Pro
87' Muddy Fox Courier
86' Muddy Fox Courier
85' Porsche 924!
On the Kona hunt ..