PUCH Road Bike Restoration

PUCH Road Bike Restoration


Hello and welcome to another bike, and another restoration One thing that I love doing with these is finding out the history behind the company of these bikes themselves. But before we do that, what i generally always say if you are not a Subscriber to the channel then please click on Subscribe it is completely free of charge or why not visit the website at bikeituk.club and on there you will find lots of maintenance hints and tips and also some vintage road bike brochures to hopefully help you a long in your own road bike restoration PUCH well who are they? Well I did not know to much about this company I should of done, because it goes back to 1890 would you believe it When a gentleman called Johann Puch formed the company employing just thirty staff sending Bicycles over to England and also France Within five years the guy was employing three hundred people and was producing six thousand bicycles a year Unfortunately he did have a dispute with his partners he then left the company and went on to produce mopeds and the company plant carried on with the Puch name. The company went from strength to strength and per annum was producing sixteen thousand Bicycles Three hundred Mopeds and also Motor cars as well at this stage. So yes this company was growing fast and this was all pre war. During the war like most engineering company’s they then went on to produce arms and also military vehicles for the army which happened a lot. They then gained experience with that and after the war started producing luxury cars for America. and some of you may remember this that in the 1970’s produced the Puch BMX’s in the thousands they’re was lots of BMX’s sold in America maybe you had one yourself leave a comment below if you did, or if you remember any of that so yes the company itself is massive and produced a lot of things on wheels basically Still producing bicycles to this day unfortunately they do not produce any Road Bikes Which brings us nicely on to our Bike here, because this bike was around 1990 I noticed the Bike itself because I thought it was quiet an interesting Bike I have always thought of these Puch Road Bikes being low end It looked a nice Bike, and it also looked a lightweight Bike just on the drop outs here it had no Mudguard eyelets or anything like that so I thought that that looks a nice Bike and also because of the Group set itself I put this on Social media and a lot of people and had it on good authority sometime around the 1990’s Bianchi made Bike’s for Puch. so on here it says Designed by Puch it does not say made by. So this may of been a bicycle made by Bianchi which makes it an interesting Bike indeed. The Group set is the Shimano RX100 err yes its a, is it all original? I’m not to sure up here we have Raleigh Handle Bars we have also got a white bar stem so I think I am going to be looking at changing that the seat it self needs changing that is not original and yes the Bike itself is in pretty good order apart prom a nice rusty chain here and we have all this sticky tape on this back fork, so what we are going to do and as we generally always do we always strip these Bikes down what are we waiting for lets Crack On and get this Bike stripped down Music right brilliant we there is the bike all stripped down it was not any problem at all Just a bit of corrosion here on this bottom bracket the sealed bottom bracket itself does need replacing so we will get on line and order one of them not sure what is going on with this rear stay here, it had a lot of black tape on it and there is some white tape to still go at as well. I have also noticed a little sticker on here which says Made in Italy So Who Knows lets get a move on start cleaning the frame up and start cleaning all of these parts They are down in the box and as I generally always say put them in a box which is a safe place and put all the nuts back on as you take them apart so lets get a move on with that Music Well there is the frame all cleaned up and I am happy with how it has turned out we have used the same process that we always do with these frames a video is available for you to watch in more detail if you are interested basiclly we clean the frame up using a T-Cut solution to rub it down to get rid of any scratches and then we use a K-Rust solution which eats away at any rust itself you should be able to by this stuff from any automobile shop and then I have used an Enamel paint just to touch up any areas to clean the frame up itself if you remember down here this was covered in tape I removed the tape it was fantastic no rust at all so very happy indeed with that and we have also put a chrome sticker chain guard on there so it just finishes it off nice and yes I am very excited at this stage, I would encourage anyone one to get involved if you are doing your first restoration as long as you take your time on these bikes are completely different things compared to a new road bike very simple indeed as long as you take your time take some photographs along the way if you have to, but yes very rewarding indeed. I have bought a couple of items that I wanted to share with you one was the bottom bracket Just a tip on if you are new to restoring bikes to replace them you need to take two measurements one is from the bottom cup of the frame itself the widths of this up on the frame that is your first measurement and the second one is the spindle itself so we have a brand new bottom bracket the other one was very rusty indeed I have a couple of nice new hoods these were all completely worn and white very hard to get white ones back so i have a couple of brand new hoods and we have got a couple of new toe straps, white, just to match the white on the frame some gum wall tyres we always get them and its always a pleasure to clean these wheels up so we have a couple of gum wall tyres there and we have the handle bars all ready to go, so I am going to start taping them up so what are we waiting for….lets Crack-On Music Brilliant well we have arrived, and if you watch these videos you will know this is my favourite part of the restoration this is where you see all of your hard work come together and the bike built back up As we do we have all the parts on the side there, very exciting indeed I have installed the bottom bracket, so that is already to go and if you noticed when I was doing the handle bars, we have replaced the white hoods for black ones and the reason for that is I have got a Black Rolls Saddle so just to tie the handle bars in we have got a nice Rolls saddle Nice fluted saddle and we have changed the handle bars as well, handle bars were white if you remember I did have some alloy handle bars and I think they will go a lot better and tie in with the seat post it self we have put toe straps on ready, and I have also got a replacement bolt here for this seat post clamp if you remember is was a quick release one, so I have just got a standard one that looks a lot more in keeping with how the bike was probably sent out in the first place So yes very exciting indeed, the chain I have a new chain there as well so what I have done is copy the exact length of the old one it was a very rust chain if you remember I just put that on the side copied the exact length and got that all ready to go it just helps a lot with the build itself so what are we waiting for lets get this bike built back together Music Well, what a result compared to when the bike first came in it was it full of rust it now looks like a clean mean racing machine white bar tape and its got the black hoods I really do feel like they compliment this Rolls Saddle and you can not go wrong with one of them it really does look like a really great bike to ride hang around for that because that is coming Gum wall Tyres and and as I said before we generally finish these builds off with a water bottle I have managed to locate one and I feel as though it will compliment this bike completely it is a Cobra one and very in keeping with the age period the colour scheme looks really good, so yes lets pop it in and have a look Fantastic! Brilliant well the Sun is out lets get this Bike out and Try it Out Music Well what a result this has been I thought Puch Bikes was a cheap road Bike how mistaken am I this really rides like any other, if not better! I am really happy that we have brought it back to life We have changed so many things it is running like a new Bike to be Honest we have a new bottom bracket a new chain New tyres all the cables and yes it just looks fantastic and I am really happy that the water bottle matched up as well I hope that this video gives you the inspiration to do that old bike up or to find the Bike that kick started it all off if you enjoy watching the videos then please Subscribe other than that then thanks for watching Bye for Now!