A bike’s last chance for revival or salvage

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - CYCLO mechanic preparing a cargo bike w abandoned frames

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – One last journey…

“We try and do recuperation on these frames and we make new bikes. But the ones we cannot save, they get cut up.”

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - CYCLO mechanic preparing the CYCLO transport bike w vintage bicycle frames

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – CYCLO cargo bike filled w frames heading for recuperation or salvage.

Notes: I see this every few months. The local CYCLO shop amasses a range of old frames that are beyond the function of the local shop. They get one last chance to be recreated into a bike. This is pure vintage recuperation. This is pure steel survival. And proof of the value of steel bikes. Maybe, in a few weeks, these will slip back onto Brussels streets and be the proud ride of someone.

I have an old steel frame in my house. I snapped the rear stay that had been weakened from a car accident. I really cannot bear the idea the frame would be stacked here, heading for salvage. It has been w me for over 30 years – I think I will clean it, make it something to hang on my wall, rather than have it disappear into salvage.

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