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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:49 am 
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Morning! I was hoping to be pointed in the right direction to get my Raleigh 753 frame and forks restored to their former glory. Ideally I want to be able to take it there and talk it through, so somewhere fairly local would be preferable. What do you suggest? Thanks


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:59 am 
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not hugely local, but good things have been said about Chris Smith Restorations

Chris Smith Restoration, Unit 3 Saxon Works, Olive Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 5LE - 01273 420024 - business card link
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Chris Smith Restorations is a fantastic place, the sort of business that perhaps once existed in every high street in the country at one time, an Aladin's Cave of curios, from torpedos, to candelabras, to minature cannons that fire shotgun cartirdges, the air thick with the smell of freshly polished brass and cutting fluid.
I left the frame, not expecting too much, but sure enough a couple of weeks later when I phoned they were surprised I hadn't been earlier to collect. The cost was a paltry £10, I can't recommend them highly enough.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:19 am 
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Thanks for that, I can't say I've heard of them but will definitely investigate.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:44 am 
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Chris Smith appear to be a proper old fashioned business, no fancy websites or marketing, but lots of interesting and quirky projects on the go. I think that metal polishing and fabrication is their main area of expertise.

Nearby South Coast Bikes http://www.southcoastbikes.co.uk/ offer a one stop shop for servicing and restorations.

I have also used Willow Powder Coating http://www.willowpowdercoating.co.uk/ to refinish some car parts and the result was excellent.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:21 am 
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Can't check out South Coast Bikes at the mo cos the website is not responding, but will have a look later. Don't think powder coating is the way to go for this bike, but my rat bike could do with a bit of tlc!


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