American Character Bikes: Rollfast Hopalong Cassidy, Shelby Donald Duck, Huffman Dial-Your-Ride

THE OILY RAG CLUB

THE OILY RAG CLUB

The vintage bicycle hobby is very popular all over the world. But most restorers are not satisfied until their project is totally repainted and rechromed.

Facelifts, botox, cosmetic surgery …they’re all fashionable in America. Unfortunately, as well as being the home of ‘restored’ faces, many vintage bicycles have been over-restored too. Fortunately, there’s at last been some public reaction to it. See the Chevrolet ad below…

Who do you prefer to look at? An emblamed botoxite or Montgomery Clift aging garacefully in ‘The Misfits’ below?

I definitely prefer the craggy, lived-in look. So why restore bicycles cosmetically just for the sake of it? Why not let them age gracefully too? They’re only original once…

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