Ellen’s Austro-Diamler Restoration.
Sugarcoat just finished up a slightly out of the ordinary project to help our new friend Ellen restore her classic steed. What appeared to be one of the world’s myriad neglected bikes, left outside too long and rusted beyond repair; was actually a great testament to the strength of steel, the versatility of aging road bikes, and a lesson in sustainability.
Ellen purchased this AD new almost 30 years ago. When she brought us her bike we didn’t even know if we’d be able to powder coat it, let alone rebuild it into a functioning bike. The rust around most of the lugs and joints seemed too bad to be safe to ride again. After a quick sandblast (you could basically breathe on the bike to remove the paint) we learned that the lugs, brazing, and tubes were actually in great shape. What a material steel is! They sure don’t make production bikes like they used to.
We loved the classic style of this mixte and some of the components, namely the handlebars, were so cool that we knew what we had to do. With a fresh Sugarcoat and a host of new components from Velo Orange, Soma, Continental and Brooks- we built it into a like-new bike that will last another 30 years.
There’s nothing better than keeping a great bike on the road. Offering powder coats means we don’t get the crazy-beautiful Jack Taylor Tandem Restorations that a wet paint shop does and we could have just as easily sent her to Superb for a new Linus. But there was something about Ellen’s bubbly personality and this classically beautiful piece of machinery that inspired us to go green and save this bike from the landfill. Give Ellen a wave if you see her on the road in Boston! And get in touch to learn more about getting your bike Sugarcoated too.
Sugarcoat is the in-house powder coating service run by GEEKHOUSE, a custom bike build workshop based in Boston. We love the GEEKHOUSE boys because they’re amazing craftsmen who take sustainability, and the needs of individual customers and friends into account. Check ‘em out!