The Simplicity of Vintage Cycles

Vintage Bicycles Done Proper :: Portland, Oregon


Simplicity is the Key to Successful Living; Artwork by Nick DewarThe Simplicity of Vintage Cycles:

Born of my affinity for steel-framed road bicycles.

An homage to vintage bicycles and the craft of their restoration.

Vintage bicycles, to me, are those frames crafted from what I consider to be the golden age of cycling—from the 1960s to the very early 1990s. Those most particularly stunning are the medium- to high-end frames crafted by hand in France, Italy, Japan, England and America. Of course, there are plenty of exceptions. These are nobody’s guidelines but my own, and I am certain you will get a different answer from each person you ask what vintage means to them.

My goal and desire is to keep these fine machines, each with their own personality and spirit, on the road and cherished for as long as possible. I spend hours meticulously repairing and restoring these classics and bring them into acceptable riding condition.

Because these machines are older does not mean they are of a lower quality. In many instances, the construction, components and flair they possess are better than their modern counterparts. These bicycles have a small, but growing cult following and I believe they always will as they are cherished for their simplicity in frame materials, components and mechanics.

As for me, I am a self-taught (books, videos, workshops and advice from others) bike mechanic. This is my hobby and it is a work in progress. I do not claim to know everything about bikes, their history, every restoration technique or wrenching in general, I only know what I like and I humbly present that to you for your viewing.

I hope you enjoy what you see and read here.

~ Josh Capps

9 comments on “About

  1. vinga
    March 15, 2012

    What a great post! I love that pic. Can’t wait to see more!

    • Josh C.
      March 16, 2012

      Thanks! Your wish is my command, Vinga.

  2. azorch
    March 16, 2012

    That might be one of my favorite bicycle graphics that I’ve seen in recent months. Did you design it?

    • Josh C.
      March 16, 2012

      Hi Mark,
      I wish I did design it but the late Nick Dewar takes credit for that one. I saw the poster years ago in a ReadyMade magazine and instantly located and purchased one. I then had it framed and it now resides in the bedroom. It just seems to fit the ethos of vintage cycling perfectly.

      • azorch
        March 17, 2012

        Couldn’t agree more… I really love the image. Think I’ll have to track one down myself.

  3. marty jacobson
    August 23, 2012

    Enjoyed your sight. marty

    • Josh C.
      August 23, 2012

      Thanks, Marty. Stop by anytime!

      • marty jacobson
        August 24, 2012

        Hi Josh, If in Ashland stop and say hi. Visit my vintage bikes which are at my workshop and include all types of bikes . They start with a 1957 Follis and go till 1993 Bridgestones. Regards, Marty

  4. brickthomas
    July 30, 2014

    Couldn’t agree with you more, “A Golden Age”.

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