I took over an old bike shop last August in Sherborne, Dorset. I have worked in industry most of my life and fancied a change from the conformist, corporate world.
The shop is in a courtyard including two barns with a lot of old bikes and bits, a workshop, garage, shop and store area. Sadly some of the old stuff is not in great condition as the roof of one building was not too good, there is also a lot of NOS some of which I don't know the use of, but it might be interesting to you guys. There are rims, hubs, forks, some wild retro sunnies by Rudi Project, USA design mitts, sharks fin chain stay protectors, old bar tape, fork braces, anodised bling bits like seat post clamps, fluorescent coloured cable packs, foam tube pads/protectors. Some of it may be tat.... or maybe its treasure me hearties... Yo Ho Ho!
You can see some of the fun stuff we get involved like supplying a Moulton to Mr Moulton, the Indian Rickshaw, Thomas Hardy's bike on our Facebook page Rileys Cycles.
To see pictures of the shop and what this old git looks like, have a peek at http://www.rileyscycles.co.uk/wp-conten ... /shop1.jpg
The blue bike in the workshop is my 1950 lugless Claud Butler. I ride anything including a Giant lafree ebike, flatbar racer, I am fond of quirky bikes and enjoy riding rat bikes or custom small wheel bikes, postmans bike etc and love the simplicity of single speed bikes. We have some real old bone shakers we have hired for period plays and fix all sorts in our workshop.
We now have new tenants, the Vintage Barn sharing our courtyard, Rich is a retro BMX fan and always has some interesting bikes and bits so it is worth checking us out if you are in the area.