I acquired this Healing 10 speed bicycle from a friend who used it to travel around Wellington in the early 80's. It's condition was less than ideal, coated in rust, broken spokes, pitted chrome and blistered paint.
For this project I wanted to bring the bike back to life with some modern touches. Where possible original parts were rebuilt and kept, however some components such as the shifter cables, rims and saddle needed to be replaced. I also built a set of curved wooden handle bars from Fijian Teak and Mahogany. These were pressed and laminated, then carefully hand shaped into an even circular shape. Stainless steel rings were then rebated on to the ends for added protection to the wood.
The rest of the components were carefully stripped down to every nut and washer, chemically cleaned, polished and reassembled with fresh grease. The frame was hand sanded and polished to reveal the un-rusted steel hidden underneath and resprayed with Acrylic Lacquer.