- Last Update: June 2021
How to Paint / Restore your Bike
Cycling is a great way to exercise, and to explore your area. For many people including myself, the high cost of quality new bicycles is a discouragement, so in this Instructable I will show you how to take an old second-hand bicycle, and to clean, repair, and improve it. By restoring an old bicycle you can save money, as well as gaining a really good understanding of how your bike works, and also have the chance to personalise it. I feel much more motivated to ride regularly now that I've spent a few weeks working on the machine. I started with buying a racing bike from the 1990s, and after about 5 weeks of work, it was really satisfying to finally go for the first full ride today! Bear in mind that there is a lot of variation in the specifics of different makes of bicycle, so not all of this might absolutely apply to your own project, but the principles and steps will be the same. If you're stuck, try asking in your nearby bicycle shops (I was helped out for parts and advice by two near me), or asking friends. Some of these steps are much easier if there's two of you, so worth involving them in the project! With the nice summer weather recently, it's been a treat to spend the evenings and weekends out in the garden working on this project, and I've enjoyed writing it up to share with you too.