Do you want to renovate your old rusty, damaged bike or even whose design you no longer like? Here are 5 essential steps to retype your bike to make it as new!

1. Degreasing and cleaning

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Having a personalized bike is good! But having a bike customized and clean is better!

It will be very important to dismantle your bike, degrease the chain and clean it completely.

We also advise you to clean your old bike regularly first so that it remains beautiful but especially not that some parts do not age prematurely.

How to clean a bike?

Here is a list of essential tools for cleaning and degreasing your old bike:

  • A bucket of water (preferably hot)
  • A cloth
  • A sponge
  • A specific bike brush
  • A degreaser
  • A bicycle lubricant
  • Grease

There are a multitude of cleaning products but some products, which you certainly have at home, can be very effective:

  • Baking soda: Moisten your sponge and sprinkle it with baking soda to clean all the chrome parts of your old bike to make it sparkle.
  • White vinegar: You can add a few drops of white vinegar to your dishwashing liquid and water mixture to degrease the parts of your bike.

2. Disassembly of parts

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The second step is to completely disassemble the bike so that only the frame remains. This step will allow you to repaint the frame correctly and avoid painting other accessories.

Here is a list of the elements to disassemble:

  • brakes
  • Crank
  • wheels
  • Fork
  • Chain
  • Sealed
  • Handlebar
  • Fender

3. Paint

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If you want to renovate your old rusty bike or even if the color does not please you, nothing like a good coat of spray paint.

Nevertheless, you will have to respect certain rules for your painting to be durable and clean:

  • Place the bike high and in a place where you can circulate around and preferably inside to avoid insects or other dirt stuck on the paint.
  • For best results, apply the paint in thin layers rather than in a single thick layer.
  • Use an electric paint sprayer for having fine results. You can check out reviews on Top10Goods.com.

4. Reassembly of parts

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Surely not the most fun part, but obviously necessary. After leaving your frame to dry, you will have to put the bike parts together.

To see if you have reassembled the bike parts, nothing forgotten or mounted something upside down, it is advised to take a picture of the bike before disassembling and a picture of the bike after reassembly. You do not want to leave anything out!

5. Adding accessories

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To further emphasize the renovation of your bike, if you wish, you can replace damaged parts with identical parts or even add new vintage accessories to your old bike. 

Here are some ideas:

  • A vintage bike seals
  • Car horn
  • Stickers
  • A white sidewall tire
  • An old bicycle lighthouse
  • A home rack
  • Match your helmet for a whole new look!

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