1980s Chicago Made Schwinn Cruiser Deluxe Restorations / PreservationsJill found our website searching for bicycle restorations. Her husband Don had 2 old rusty Schwinn Cruisers that were very sentimental to him. He remembers days from his youth when he and his brother used to ride them all over their farm. Therefore, he wanted them functionally restored with the rusty patina kept intact. After Jill dropped off the cruisers, Don stopped in to talk with Noel about the details he envisioned. Noel showed him other projects in progress and all available options for restoration / preservation. Don decided to go with preservation of the frame and fork to keep the patina finish. The wheels and other parts were too far gone to preserve so he selected replacement parts. Most of the replacement parts were black to give the bikes a stealth look. Once the re-assembly was complete, 2 awesome Rat Rods emerged. They sat on the showroom floor for a couple of weeks. Our customers responded to them with “Wow! Those are amazing!” “I love that look!” “How much are they?” Needless to say to the dismay of our interested customers, they weren’t for sale. The bikes went home to their original owner who was very pleased. They looked fantastic and rode extremely well. We are blessed to be able to help restore and preserve not only bicycles but also important memories for our very valued clients! Stay tuned for our next projects!
1972 Schwinn Varsity RestorationTim had his Schwinn Varsity since he was 7 years old. He used to ride the bicycle while delivering newspapers. It was his best friend. As the years progressed, he grew up, other things became bigger priorities for him, and he lost track of the bike. He thought he’d never see it again, but it had been stored away. He recently reacquired it but it was in pretty rough shape with the exception of the original paint. That’s when he found iride. He decided to bring the bike to us for restoration. We completely disassembled the bike, cleaned up the rusty parts, buffed out the original paint, re-spoked the original Schwinn rims with new spokes, ran new cables, installed new tires, handlebar tape, chain, freewheel, brake pads, tires, and tubes. The bicycle turned out really nice. Tim was so excited when he picked it up! He sent us an email when he got home. “I couldn’t be happier... you guys magically brought my childhood memories back to life!! Couldn’t wait to get home and ride my old Varsity. I jumped on the seat and all the years melted away... I found myself back in 1972! Thank you for making it all possible ... I love it! You guys are awesome ...and special. “
1967 Schwinn Stingray RestorationHutch’s wife drove by our shop and saw bicycles outside. She quickly turned around and stopped in to see us. She noticed a bunch of our vintage Schwinn bicycles and fell in love. While she was here Noel showed her some of the restorations that were in progress. She was blown away. She said I’m sending my husband here! He has some old bikes that he’s going to need to have restored. The next day, Hutch arrived with his Schwinn stingray. He instantly knew that he found the right place to get his bicycle restored. He wanted to keep as many parts as possible original, but some of his parts were beyond salvage, so we sourced vintage Schwinn replacement parts from eBay, such as the stem, fenders, crank, sprocket, chain guard, rear wheel and dry transfer decals. Originally he wanted the bicycle painted the same color red that it was to begin with but when he saw the custom low rider that was painted a metallic purple, he had to have that color. Noel worked his magic with the paint gun and the metallic purple came out spectacular! Once the reassembly and finishing touches were completed, Hutch picked up the bike. He couldn’t believe it! It exceeded his expectations. He stared at it for a while taking in every detail then proudly road it around the parking lot. He’s another happy customer who now rides like iride!
Prewar Lodbell Horizontal Spring Saddle Restoration for 1938/1939 Shelby Traveler BicycleThis particular saddle was very rare and only came on a small number of bicycles. Notice the sideways springs! It was in very rough shape when it arrived on the Shelby bicycle. We fully disassembled the saddle and had part of the springs nickel plated like some of the other parts on the bicycle. The seat pan and other spring parts were painted black. The original rubber molded padding was still re-useable so Noel glued it in place and built up foam padding to get to the proper thickness, look, and shape. The holes in the seat pan where the prior stitching adhered to was completely gone. Noel welded a new piece of metal to the pan and drilled probably a hundred small holes into the new metal to hold the stitching. New soft, black leather was cut and molded to the built up seat pan and hand stitched into place. The restoration of the Lodbell saddle turned out spectacular! We found another restored saddle on Ebay that sold for $1,800 by itself! Iride is the place if you have any rare saddles that need restoration!
1938/1939 Shelby Traveler BicycleWatso phoned us from Miami inquiring about our restoration services for a 1930s Shelby Traveler bicycle. After our conversation, he decided to drive it up to us on the same day. For him this was a labor of love project. He said, “I don’t care how long it takes or how much it costs.” He just wanted a beautifully restored bicycle that he could give away to someone very special in his life. Frank adopted Watso when he was about 4 years old. Watso was a handful and at some point was separated from Frank as his adopted father. They lost contact for more than 50 years. When Watso became an adult he always wanted to reconnect with Frank but he wasn’t sure how well he would be received. He thought Frank might not want to reunite with him or hang up on him if he called. Nevertheless, he happened to be looking at obituaries in Sydney, Ohio where Frank and the bike were from, and found the name Frank P. Sarver listed. He wasn’t sure if that was his Frank or someone else with a similar name. He began to google search for Frank. He found a Frank Pemberton Sarver in Venice, Florida. It turned out to be him! The phone call went extremely well and Watso jumped on the next plane to Venice to visit Frank. It was like they never parted and none of the years had passed between their last time together. Frank was in his 90s with declining health so he gave the Shelby bicycle to Watso who decided that he wanted to do something really special for Frank. Apparently Frank had been quite popular in Sydney, Ohio for riding his Shelby Traveler bicycle. His father Floyd had bought it for him when he was a young boy. His brother received one also at the same time. However, Frank and his bicycle were inseparable. He rode it down the court house steps in Sydney where he broke the original front fork and added a few custom dents and scratches. Frank even starred in a play as a young boy and the writer of the play decided to rewrite some of the scenes to include Frank’s bicycle since the whole town knew that Frank and his bicycle were best friends. Due to Frank’s admiration and vast history with his bicycle, Watso wanted to get it fully restored so he could give it back to Frank and make him feel like a young boy again. Watso insisted on keeping Fran’s custom dents on the top tube and other areas of the bicycle because that was Frank. We did exactly what he wanted. The pictures tell the restoration story. When Frank received the restored bicycle, Watso said he had the biggest smile that he had ever seen! Watso called us and invited us to Venice to have dinner with him and Frank. We are looking forward to seeing both of them very soon. The story doesn’t end there though. While the Shelby was going out of our shop, a couple from Ohio brought in a Schwinn Corvette from Sydney, Ohio of all places for restoration. The couple connected with Watso right away who told them that they came to the right place. The world just got a little smaller. Stay tuned for updates on the Schwinn Corvette.
Vintage Schwinn Le Tour BicycleEric found us online while searching for restorations. He called the shop and asked about the various levels of restoration and associated costs. After our discussion, he decided that we were the shop to restore his Vintage Schwinn Le Tour bicycle and that he would bring it to us from Sarasota. When he brought the bicycle into the shop, it was in pretty rough shape. We agreed to repaint the frame and fork, the original red Schwinn color. We also found Schwinn Le Tour N.O.S. decals and clear coated over the entire bicycle. Some of the chrome parts were too far gone to clean up, so we went with a little bit of a modern flair and added a new Tektro brake set, all new cables, black OPS pedals, tange headset, sealed bottom bracket, new front and rear derailleurs, and N.O.S. Suntour shifters. We were able to save the original rims and relace them with new spokes. It goes without saying that he got a new freewheel, chain, grips, tires, tubes, and rim strips to finish out the build. It turned out absolutely stunning. Eric was totally blown away! He plans to give the restored bicycle to his son who is currently in graduate school pursuing his Ph.D. It was such a pleasure to do such an important project for a future doctor! Since Eric was so pleased with this project, he plans to bring other bicycles from Sarasota to us for future work. We are blessed!
The Guinness Grinder Custom FixieSometimes you have to build something really cool for yourself and that’s exactly what Noel did. The concept started from a bottle of Guinness Stout. It turns out that beer labels can be used as head badges on a bicycle. Noel custom painted an entry level Benotto bicycle from the early eighties with a black and tan theme to resemble a Guinness draught beer. He added other accents to the bike from the beer bottle such as the label from the back of the bottle with some gold pin stripe accents. He also used the beer cap on the top of the stem which looks sweet. The bicycle is equipped with sealed bearings throughout. It also has a vintage 1973 brooks saddle. The bicycle is complete with a vintage Campagnolo bottle opener purchased new in 1984 which sits conveniently behind the bottle cage. To top off the build Noel found Guinness water bottles! Since this bike turned out so awesome there will be more theme bikes coming in the future.
Hutch Trick Star BicycleJimmy contacted us one day about restoring his Hutch Trick Star Bicycle that had been pretty neglected. This was one of the very popular BMX bikes from the eighties. It was a huge challenge because it was a chrome bicycle that was pretty rusty and we needed to preserve the original decals. We ordered new tires, pedals, and grips. Noel cleaned up almost all of the rust and painted the chain sprocket black. He also dyed the original seat black. It looked practically new once Noel finished his work. Jimmy was blown away. The bike came out better than he imagined. He has another BMX bike that he will be sending to us for restoration! Gotta love that repeat business!
Huffy Easy GoingJoseph found us through our website. He lives in Lakeland, about an hour and a half from our shop. However, he had no problem driving over to have his girlfriend’s Huffy Easy Going Bicycle restored. He wanted it done for her because she had it since she was a child. It was rusty and dusty but mostly complete. He had a budget and a timeline so we took special care to make it all happen within both for him. The bicycle appeared brown until we stripped the paint and found out that the real color was more of a gold metallic. Fortunately, we were able to match the paint to the original color. We replaced many of the chrome parts because they were too far gone and it was cheaper to replace than to have the parts re-chromed. Joseph also insisted that we add a pink basket, grips, and bell. We took care of that and created a decal with block letters for the chain guard. Joseph kept it a secret until his girlfriend saw that he gave us a deposit for the work on their debit card. At that point he had to tell her what was going on but he didn’t give her any details. When she saw the bicycle she was super surprised. She had no idea that it would look better than when it was new. She couldn’t wait to get back home with the bicycle to show her family and friends. Joseph got a huge hug and kiss!
Custom Low RiderMike bought a low rider bicycle from another one of our customers. It was green with black accents. We convinced him that it had much more potential. He didn’t realize that we did restoration services until we showed him some of the other builds in the shop. That was it! He said he wanted a purple frame with everything else blacked out. We ordered a set of 25 inch hi rise handlebars in black, a set of black pedals, and a black mud flap. Noel painted the frame a beautiful sparkling purple and painted the stem, sissy bar, seat post, kickstand, and springer fork flat black. We also ordered chrome spike valve caps and axle nuts from eBay. Mike had his seat custom covered with black leather and purple stitching. He also added a spiked pad for the stem. The bike turned out great! It won first place in the Patriot’s Day Bicycle Show in Plant City in November!
Schwinn BF Goodrich StreamlinerKen brought us a partially restored BF Goodrich Streamliner in pieces in a box. Ken had the frame and fork painted red and he had a white vinyl wrap put on the bicycle. The things that weren’t done were fenders and pin striping on the wheels, as well as complete assembly. Noel had to cut the front fender and weld a brace for the period correct light kit which he ordered from eBay. He also matched the red paint scheme already on the bike to the fenders, and painted the white pin stripes on them. Noel also hand painted the red pin striping on the wheels. He was able to get the horn and light working properly which was really important to Ken. When Ken saw it he was amazed! He brought Noel another 3 bicycles to restore! Repeat business is awesome!
Custom Low Rider BicycleMatt can’t get enough of our restoration services! Not only did we restore 2 bicycles for his twin girls for Christmas last year, he had us custom assemble a bicycle for his father, and he brought us a basket case low rider that he wanted restored. It was a real challenge! Some parts were totally missing. Noel mixed up black cherry merlot paint for the frame, rims, and other parts. The paint changes colors in the sun! Noel also did lots of custom work such as cutting of the chain guard to a shorter length and converting the wheels to 72 spokes by totally rebuilding them. The rear wheel was even converted to a 3 speed as well. We also found a laid back seat post and decent chain. Matt supplied the seat, grips, and pedals. For the finishing touch, Noel added chrome flame decals to the top tube. Matt lost his mind when he saw the bike. When he took it for a ride he said “It’s the best bicycle I’ve ever had”! This one for sure will be a trophy winner someday.
Columbia BicycleThis is the second bicycle we restored for Ava. Her first bike was a restored Sears muscle bicycle that she received last year. Her sister Abby got a restored Kia muscle bicycle as well. They are twins after all so they both wanted cool bicycles. Ava had a major growth spurt and grew out of her Sears bicycle quickly. She saw an old Columbia Bicycle in our shop and told her Mom that she wanted it, but she wanted it restored. She wanted it custom painted teal with purple dropouts. Since the bicycle she rode at our shop was complete, Noel found an old Columbia frame and fork which he stripped, sand blasted, primed, and painted to her specifications. We ordered new shiny fenders and new white wall tires for the project. We had the rest of the new parts in stock including the old school reflectors and grips. The bicycle came out beautiful. Ava’s response when she saw it was both thumbs up! She should be able to ride the bicycle for many years to come!
Dyno Detour BicycleBrandon brought us a pretty rusted Dyno Detour bicycle that he wanted restored. He wanted to have it powder coated so we sent it out to AB Powder Coating who we use as our powder coat vendor. Noel photographed and disassembled the bicycle so that he could make sure that all of the parts came back from the vendor. Brandon ordered reproduction decals for it, which Noel installed once he reassembled the bicycle. Brandon was absolutely thrilled with the results!
Creamsicle Dream MachineSebastian brought us a rough tricycle that he wanted transformed into his vision. When I say rough, I mean really rough. It was painted with a weird gold looking color with the rear basket held together with a dog leash! What Sebastian wanted was “The Creamsicle Dream Machine”. Noel took the tricycle apart and started working on stripping the frame. He primed and painted it the custom color of creamsicle. Other parts were painted the same color while others were painted white to go with the creamsicle theme. We purchased and painted a new fork. We also purchased a canopy and wide 2.5 tires for the build. Since Sebastian is a rather tall man, Noel had to fabricate braces to raise the rear basket and canopy up so that Sebastian could ride it. We had a custom head badge created for it and a custom rear license plate created for finishing touches. Sebastian was blown away at the reveal. He told Noel that “He knocked it out of the park”!
Trek Lemond Carbon bicycleJessica brought in her Trek Lemond Carbon bicycle which she wanted repainted. She put many thousands of miles on the bicycle and it showed. The color she picked was close to Florida Gator blue. She also purchased new components for the bicycle. We had a very small timeline to complete the project because she was getting ready to move out of state. Noel worked his magic again by stripping the original paint, sand blasting the frame and fork. He primed and painted the bicycle her chosen color. Jessica decided to keep the bicycle stealth so we did not add decals once it was repainted. We finished it within her timeline and budget and she was thrilled. Even though she moved out of state, she still follows us on Facebook.
Schwinn Heavy DutiKim checked out our restorations on our website and called us about a 1960s Schwinn Heavy Duti. She wanted it restored for her father within a budget. Her Father had the bicycle as a child and it was sold at some point. Kim was lucky enough to find it years later at a yard sale. Originally she hoped to be able to give it to him for Christmas, but our restoration schedule was booked up beyond Christmas. Therefore, we agreed upon Father’s Day for the reveal. Noel got to work on the bike while he was working on other projects simultaneously. He disassembled the bicycle, and cleaned up many of the chrome parts in the parts washer. Some parts that were too far gone were replaced with new parts or eBay purchases. Noel stripped the paint, sand blasted the frame and fork, primed, and painted the bicycle its original color. Once he reassembled it, the bicycle looked as it had when Kim’s Father had it years ago. Kim was overjoyed! She gave it to her Father as planned on Father’s Day. He was speechless! He called our shop and told Noel that he made an old man very happy and drove him to tears of joy. That’s why Noel does this stuff! We have another satisfied customer!
Armstrong 3 speed Cruiser BicycleAnn came into the shop with an old Armstrong 3 speed cruiser which she wanted restored for her son. He was the one who purchased the bicycle. He has an old soul and is a really great kid who loves vintage bicycles. There was no rush on the project. They just wanted the bicycle fully restored. Noel did his magic again. He stripped the paint, sand blasted the frame and fork, primed, and painted the bicycle black. He also overhauled the 3 speed hub as well as the rest of the mechanics of the older bicycle. To top the whole thing off, we ordered a new Brooks Saddle. The bike came out so nice! It looks like a brand new old English 3 speed! Mission accomplished once again!
Schwinn & Ryder Muscle BikesMatt has twin girls. He bought a couple of pretty rough muscle bikes from us last year and tried to paint and re-assemble them himself for his girls. They didn’t turn out to his liking so he brought both bikes to us and begged us to get them totally restored by Christmas! One of the girls wanted baby blue while the other wanted sparkly purple. We ordered chrome 20 inch, 72 spoke wheels for each bicycle. Matt ordered lots of other accessories to make the bikes pop. Noel worked mornings, evenings, and even on his Sundays off to get the bikes done in time for Christmas. The bikes turned out great! The girls were totally surprised and had a wonderful Christmas.
Trailmate TricycleIan brought in his Trailmate Tricycle for a full restoration. He wanted a custom forest green satin finish. This was a rush job because Ian depends on his tricycle to get his exercise and take his dogs for a walk every night. We tried to do it in three weeks but it took a little longer because Noel had to weld areas of the frame that had broken. Other than the welding, it was the usual scenario. Noel stripped off the powder coating and got the trike back to bare metal in order to sand blast, fill, prime, seal, and paint it. We had the color custom mixed to get the shade just right. After it was all said and done, we threw in a safety flag since the trike sits so low to the ground. Ian was thrilled when he saw it! He said, “ It looks and rides better than when it was new!”
Schwinn ContinentalDaniel had his Schwinn Continental road bike since he was a kid. He had stopped in several times to see other restorations in progress in the shop and to get an estimate to restore his own bicycle. He knew that Noel was the guy he wanted for his project. Once again, Noel stripped down the bike, sand blasted, primed, and painted it the original black color. He even went the extra mile by ordering authentic Schwinn water transfer decals for the bicycle. The bicycle restoration was stunning! Daniel’s comment when he came to pick up his bike was, “now that’s what I’m talking about!”
Royal Enfield TricyclePenny saw some of our restorations on our website and brought us a folding Royal Enfield tricycle from Tampa. She wanted it restored for her mother. Her Mom wanted it painted yellow with a big comfy set cover. Some of the chrome was too rusty to be cleaned up so Noel painted it white. He did the usual with the frame and fork, took it down to metal, sand blasted, primed, and painted it. He also hand painted the head badge, added a custom decal, mirror, and light kit. As you can see by the pictures, it came out pretty well. Per Penny, “Mom loves her trike!”
Mary Brady TricycleSo, we had a rusty tricycle out in front of the store that we were trying to sell as-is. That’s when we met Rus. She was preparing for knee surgery and wanted us to restore the trike for her so that she could rehab her knee after the surgery. She wanted the color to be “Kiss My Ass” Red with white trim. Noel took the trike apart, stripped it down to metal, sand blasted it and painted it the special “Kiss My Ass Red”. The process took several weeks and ran in tandem with her knee surgery. After the surgery she called and said that she decided to name the trike “The Mary Brady”, like a ship, because it would be her vessel back to recovery and she kind of liked the lady who sold it to her. She got exactly what she wanted, custom decal and all! Once it was completed, we delivered it and christened it accordingly. Rus stops in every once in a while to let us know how she’s doing. Good luck on a full recovery Rus!
Schwinn Fair LadyRose brought in the Schwinn Fair Lady to have it restored for her granddaughter. It was quite rusty but it had mostly original parts. She wanted it restored as much as possible within her budget. As usual, Noel performed his magic. He stripped the frame and fork down to the metal, sand blasted, primed, and painted it pink. Some of the chrome parts were too rusty to be cleaned up so he replaced them. The finishing touch was the decal. Rose picked up the bicycle on the Saturday before the last Biff’s Burger bicycle show. She entered it in the show’s contest for the muscle bikes and people’s choice categories. She took the top trophies in both categories! Needless to say, Rose is a very happy customer!
Kia Kids BicycleThis is the second restoration done for special customers who have purchased several bicycles from us. We restored a sears muscle bike for Ava for last Christmas because she is an eight year old girl with an old soul who didn't want a Disney princess bike! She got a blue sears muscle bike fully restored. Once Ava got her bicycle, her twin sister Abby also wanted one. We were able to get our hands on a pretty rough Kia muscle bike frame (bicycles were also made by the car company). Abby wanted hers to be yellow and have a flower seat. Noel made sure to get it just right and exactly the way she wanted. They are super happy customers!
Schwinn 70s Tricycle RestorationThis one was a real challenge to get done right within the customer's budget. It took nearly 3 months to complete. The 3 speed hub was overhauled, the wheels were completely rebuilt, the frame was pained a two stage candy blue, and the former chrome pieces that did not clean up well were painted silver to make the tricycle look almost new.
Side By Side Tandem RestorationThis one was a joy to complete because it was for Jess and Sharon. Jess is blind but he wanted to be able to ride next to Sharon to be with her and get some exercise. Jess called us once Sharon found us on the web and asked about our restoration services. He is no stranger to vintage bicycles and what it takes to restore them. They drove all the way from Holiday, Florida to have us do the restoration for them. It was a massive undertaking and it took up a bunch of floor space. We sent the frame out for powder coating and performed the rest of the restoration in-house. It took about 2 months to complete but once again we got the mission accomplished and very happy customers!
Black & Tan Project created from Electra Amsterdam BicycleThis one was the most challenging one yet. The customer was very specific in how he wanted his black & tan to look, down to the gold braided cable housing! We had less than one week to disassemble, get parts back from powder coating, order other new parts, and reassemble the bicycle. It took a lot of coordinating with the customer, and the powder coaters, but together we all pulled off our pieces of the restoration and there you have it... the one and only custom black & tan! The customer was so happy he brought us a twelve pack of Bud Light and two cannolis! Gotta love it when that happens!