Project Sun­beams

Rick starts to make sense of the mess of ’beams in his shed

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BAS­KET CASES

A quick re­cap on how to ap­proach such projects. Think about your abil­ity and re­sources; take a parts book with you and check what’s miss­ing be­fore you com­mit to buy­ing. That’s stan­dard ad­vice, but there are two very sub­tle points I’d like to add.

First, is the seller ac­tive in the old bike scene? If so, while he may seem a ‘nice old chap’, he will know ex­actly how much he can ask for what he’s sell­ing. So re­gard­less of how cob­webby his shed looks, don’t as­sume you’re ‘first in’ on a bar­gain; odds are, none of his mates wanted it – but they’ve all told him it’s worth a for­tune.

Se­condly, there are im­pos­si­ble-to-find bits for most bikes. It pays to find out (from own­ers or a club) what they are – and not just to ne­go­ti­ate a bet­ter price or pre­pare for prob­lems later. Take it as sus­pi­cious if they’re all miss­ing – prob­a­bly ei­ther some­one has al­ready ‘cherry picked’ the boxes or it’s all the seller’s un­wanted spares piled up to look like a ‘project’.

ABOVE: A bas­ket case al­ways in­volves a bit of a punt, but you can min­imise the risk (see above)

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