Trash To Treasure | How To Fix Up An Old Bike

Published on October 1st 2018


Once in a while, you may be lucky enough to find a hidden gem while walking along the street. This happened for Jon on his commute when someone was giving away a vintage bike. In this tutorial, Jon shows you how to restore a bike you found in the trash! Subscribe: The GCN Shop: GCN Tech Uploader: What to check: Frame Inspection First up we need to inspect the frame to make sure that it’s not out of shape, as if it is, it’s probably quite likely you will want to put it back in the trash unless it’s an old Colnago Master Olympic or something as fancy. Components Check out the rest of the components too. So the wheels, give them a spin to make sure they are running smooth and true, anything that is really rough or buckled, is going to require some attention. As well as checking for any broken spokes or worn rims, check rim wear with a flat edge. Don’t forget the tyres too. The bottom bracket and headset. These are two areas known to be a bit problematic. So hold the cranks and try and rock them laterally, so side to side, check for any movement there. And with your headset, give the front brake a hold and try and rock the bike from front to back, seeing if there is any movement or knocking. What would you check on a bike you found? Let us know below. 👇 If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GCN Tech... Cup & Cone Bearings 📹 Wrap Bar Tape 📹 Music: Epidemic Sound Next To Me (Young Community Remix) (Instrumental Version) - Lvly Ecstatic (Instrumental Version) - Wildson Swimmingly - Dylan Sitts Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto / Brought to you by the world’s biggest cycling channel, the Global Cycling Network (GCN), GCN Tech goes deeper into the bikes, kit and technology stories that matter. GCN Tech is utterly obsessed with seeking out and showcasing the best in bikes, tech, products and upgrades. Everywhere. Every week. From news and rumours, first ride exclusives, how-tos, the weekly GCN Tech Show, pro bikes, set-up tips and more, we geek out over the tiny details that can make the big differences to you. With years of racing and industry expertise, we also bring you instructive maintenance videos to hone your mechanical skills, as well as behind the scenes factory tours and in-depth analysis of kit chosen by the pro peloton to keep your finger on the pulse of cycling’s latest technological innovations. Engage with us every week on the channel and across social media – we’re here to answer every question you’ve got on cycling tech. Suscribirse a GCN en Español: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter -