“WE ARE ON THE MOVE!!”
After 8 years in the leafy neighbourhood of Archway / Highgate in North London, VINTAGE BIKE CAVE is closing down the shop this August and moving online only.
Graham, the original cave-man, is moving his business into a 2000 square feet barn in Hailsham near Eastbourne in Sussex, and concentrate on online sales of his huge collection of bicycles, frames and components. He is also hoping to spend more time on cycling around the coast and way beyond.
Takashi, the last-Samurai of the bike cave mechanics, will be moving on to Sargent & Co near Finsbury Park, another well known vintage bicycle stable and a must-come destination for all steel bike aficionados, and hoping to continue looking after existing and new customer’s beloved steeds.
Please follow their new ventures to….
Sargent & Co
London N5 2LT
Telephone: 0207 359 7642
Just as a little treat before we head off to pastures new, these are a few of our recent restoration projects the last of which to come out of VBC Archway Road.
JANUARY IS HERE AND ITS COLD SO DON’T FORGET TO WRAP UP WARM WHEN YOUR OUT THERE, UNLESS YOUR CYCLING SO FAST YOUR STILL IN SHORTS. WE ARE ALL BUSY WITH OUR NOSES TO THE GRIND STONE. WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON SOME SUPERB CYCLES FOR CUSTOMERS INCLUDING A 1949 HETCHINS. IN OTHER NEWS WE WILL ALSO BE CLEARING OUR MORE OF OUR FABLED STORE ROOMS SOON AND PUTTING WHATEVER WE FIND UP FOR SALE.
AS DECEMBER APPROACHES WE ARE LOOKING BACK AT SOME OF THE BICYCLES WE HAVE WORKED ON OVER THE YEAR. I WILL POST SOME PICTURES OVER THE NEXT MONTH FOR YOU ALL TO SEE. THIS IS A LOVELY EVANS TOURING CYCLE THAT WE RESTORED FOR ALISON AS HER RETIREMENT PRESENT TO HER SELF. SHE HAD BEEN LOOKING TO BUY A MODERN TOURING BICYCLE TO REPLACE HER OLD EVANS WHICH SHE BOUGHT IN THE 70’s, SHE TRIED MANY NEW BIKES AND THEN GOT BACK ON THE EVANS, STILL IN ITS TIRED STATE, IT STILL RODE FAR BETTER THAN ANY OF THE MODERN EQUIVALENTS. SHE THEN CAME TO US TO BREATH NEW LIFE INTO THE TIRED OLD EVANS SO THAT IT WOULD REALLY BE THE BEST BIKE FOR HER TO RIDE DURING HER RETIREMENT. THE BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES SPEAK FOR THEM SELVES BUT A FEW KEY IMPROVEMENTS WE MADE WERE: BUILDING A NEW PAIR OF WHEELS FOR HER FROM THE LOVELY ORIGINAL CAMPAGNOLO HUBS WITH MAVIC OPEN SPORT RIMS, NEW BROOKS BAR TAPE AND ALL THE ORIGINAL PARTS THAT WE KEPT WERE FULLY TAKEN APPART CLEANED POLISHED AND RE-GREASED.
HAPPY RETIREMENT ALISON.
CHRISTMAS IS FAST APPROACHING AND WE ARE BUSY RESTORING, REBUILDING AND SERVICING ALL MANOR OF CYCLES INCLUDING THIS LOVELY AND RARE HOLDSWORTH WHIRLWIND, FOR OUR FRIENDS AT RECOIL-LIFE IN MACAU. THEY ARE BUSY SETTING UP A NEW SHOP IN MACAU AND WANT A FEW AUTHENTIC VINTAGE RACERS TO SIT ON THE WALL ALONG SIDE THEIR AMAZING HIGH END TITANIUM BICYCLES. THIS WHIRLWIND WAS IN A ‘BARN FIND’ STATE, THEY WANTED US TO RETAIN THIS UNTOUCHED LOOK BUT TO ENSURE IT HAD ALL THE PERIOD CORRECT PARTS. THIS WHIRLWIND HAS SOME INTERESTING AND RARE PARTS ON IT INCLUDING STEEL GB SPEARPOINT STEM, STEEL CINELLI HANDLEBARS WITH RAISED CLAMP ARE AND BENELUX 7 PLUNGER GEAR. WHIRLWINDS ARE RARE BEASTS AND WERE ONLY PRODUCED BETWEEN 1951 AND ’58, THIS ONE IS DATED BETWEEN ‘52 AND ’53.
WE ALSO CURRENTLY HAVE 50+ COMPLETE BICYCLES READY TO ROLL OUT OF THE SHOP, WE WILL BE LISTING THESE ON OUR WEB SITE AND EBAY OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO SO KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR THAT PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT VENTURED UP HERE YET IT IS DIRECTLY ABOVE THE OLD SHOP ON THE MAIN ARCHWAY ROAD WITHIN THE OLD RICHARDSON’S FURNITURE SHOP. WE ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF FINISHING IT OFF BUT WE ARE UP AND RUNNING WITH SOME GREAT NEW STOCK, A BRILLIANT NEW OFFICE, WORKSHOP AND ALL IMPORTANT SHOW ROOM.
The new address is:
Vintage Bike Cave.
191 – 199 Archway Road,
Still the same old telephone and email:
t. 020 83416307
Don’t forget to check out our EBAY page, Graham has been super busy tapping away on his keyboard and listing lots and lots of items for auction. Please keep checking it as we will be listing solidly over the next few weeks and there should be some real treasures coming up.
All the best for now, team VBC
Check out our instagram – we’ve been updating it with lots of pictures from the bike shop…
This special frame is not one of ours but belongs to a lovely collector called Brian. He bought it into us today as he has decided he does not have time to build it up and give it the treatment it really deserves; he is subsequently selling it. The frame is a L. Ephgrave path frame dating from the early 1950’s possibly 51 or 52. The bottom bracket is stamped L E and has the serial 2782. The frame also has a wonderful paint scheme with very rare and original Ephgrave transfers. For more information or if you wish to purchase this frame please get in touch via the contact page.