OK, I'll be honest, my knowledge and ability regarding repairing/rebuilding bikes is fairly limited, even though I'm now late 30's. I'm reasonably new to being really interested in them, it has evolved from my general interest in everything from my era, cars, just anything currently 'retro'.
So, a couple of years ago whilst scouting for my 'other' stuff at a local second hand place, I kept finding bikes, ones I've always liked, and remember well, small children's ones, BMX's, racing bikes......well, I kept buying them, usually for anywhere between £5 and £20 depending on what they were, and the condition. Most if not all are recovered by my man from the tips, so that could be a good indicator of condition generally, 'chucked about' with poor wheels/tyres and paint. Sadly, I sold a few nice ones, a beautiful Ribble, a Raleigh Gran sport, and some of the higher end BMX's, but I'm still left with maybe 60 or 70 bikes of varying quality. I will describe the collection as mainly low end mass produced ones, for example, I have 3 Raleigh Winners, a couple of Record Sprints, and a Record Ace, a nice Gitane, plenty of Peugeots of varying quality, a nice 531 'Competition' was collected yesterday, along with a 531 Claud Butler frame too, plus there are many more
I'm just not sure where to start, every time I decide to make headway, I end up just moving them around, and don't want to part with many to be honest.
I look at some of the readers bikes and would love to have the knowhow to just strip/upgrade and rebuild, but I just don't know what will fit what, what is good, what is bad......
By now I'm sure many of you are shouting 'get a grip!', but any help at all, even a kick up the backside, will be gratefull received