Schwinn Phantom Panther B-6 Whizzer Columbia 5 star Monark Henderson JC Higgins - Whatever Classic Bicycle you may have - Our Restoration Guide can help you !          

Tips on how to Evaluate Classic Bicycles

The first topic covered in the Video is inspecting your Classic Bicycle. Prior to purchase is the best time (if you are buying). First, you want to identify any missing parts or emblems. You'll want to carefully review photographs of similar bikes for inconsistencys (wrong chainguard? carrier? proper sprocket? missing headlamp?- what type etc.) These topics and more are covered in detail.
If you have an incomplete bike, you will want to find replacement parts before your begin your restoration for the following reasons:
It will take some time to find the parts you need.
You will avoid having a half-done bike lying about the garage until you find the part you need.
It will allow you to prepare all the parts for stripping and painting at one time.
Now,look for signs of rust, or signs of paint (whatever your case) . As seen on the Video, a careful inspection saves you money in the long run.The non painted parts whould have been plated either chrome or nickle (in some cases) and hopefully these parts should be in fair shape. If those parts will look correct (in your opinion) in regards to that brand-new WOW look at me paint job, then you won't have to replace, repair or replate those parts. But if those parts look like they have been laying in the Titanic's Hull for the past 70 years, then you'll either have to replace them with better parts or have them re-plated. If, upon your inspection, the plated parts are severely pitted, or damaged to the point of inoperability, you'll want to add them to your List Of Parts to Get, and search for better parts, or Reproduction parts. If this is your first restoration project, You may wish to keep a small notepad to record your findings and needs. More information on PLATING and REPRODUCTION parts is available in the DISSASEMBLY SECTION of the Video.