After a consultation Dead Rats Cycles will supply a free estimate to strip down your bike down and rebuild it back into a beautiful, fully tuned machine with 100% of its parts thoroughly repaired, cleaned, polished and lubricated. This includes sourcing rare parts and thoroughly overhauling all drivetrain, brakes, bearings, controls and wheels plus metal polishing, followed by rebuild and fine tuning/set-up. There may also be upgrades or customising work you wish to undertake.
Dead Rats Cycles will also give you an honest opinion as to whether the bike is worth the cost. Restoration is a time consuming and labour intensive process, so if your bike is a wreck expect a hefty quote. Parts costs obviously vary, but expect to pay much more for new paintwork, metal plating or upgrades. Originality is important, often Dead Rats Cycles will recommend a thorough rebuild & full service rather than a respray.
Much like any other craft discipline, restoring a bicycle requires a broad combination of skills – attention to detail, knowledge, experience, contacts, zen-like problem solving ability, patience, brute force and manual dexterity – this is what you’re paying for – plus the correct tools, lubricants, cleaning and polishing products, and an arsenal of rare and unusual spare parts and bespoke tools.
The aim is to make your bike look stunning and work perfectly, regardless of whether a sympathetic or showroom restoration route in chosen. Each bike is given total attention in an artisan workshop, rather than mass produced in a factory. Tuning bicycles down to the last ball bearing, Dead Rats Cycles pore over small details so that your bike will simply look & feel right.