Essex , VT
Like our name implies, we are looking to provide the Classic Bike EXPERIENCE, whatever that means to you. Our intent is to provide a wide range of options for you to enjoy a classic bike. This can mean restoring your own with us helping with parts. It could mean a full turnkey (or "managed" as we like to say) restoration by CBE, or maybe you doing the work in our shop using our facilities, tools and technical advice. Or, we can find a bike for you and customize a restoration plan as required. Sometime in the future, it may mean rentals or long term leasing of machines.
Managed restorations are, well, managed by us. We do the teardown, inspection, sourcing of outside services (eg machining), reassembly, sorting and check out. We will write down a phased plan that you will approve as we go along. There are a lot of decisions to be made in a restoration and we want you to make as many of them as possible - hey, it's your bike! Notably, we will agree on the level of restoration you are looking for. We expect most of our customers will be looking for great looking bikes that have sensible upgrades for safety and reliability so they can ride them. Payment will be expected at the end of each phase of the restoration.
We have a good eye for what is out there on eBay, Craig's List and word of mouth. One man's trash is another man's treasure........however, the opposite is also true. Buying old bikes is a risky proposition. Typically the machines have been through several owners (not all are loving!) and have sketchy pedigrees at best. We've been through the good and bad and can spot the treasure from the trash.
If you are looking for a certain bike, let us know. We can help you find the bike of your dreams and get it properly sorted for you. Or, maybe you'd like a complete, restorable bike to work on with us as an assisted restoration.
Many Brit bikes have gone under the knife to become a dream renegade ride as either a chopper or bobber. While we are very happy you have your dream ride, we have enough trouble with liability insurance and must politely say no to working on your chopper or bobber. For any stock parts, however, we are happy to help. Or, for example, you can bring us a motor to rebuild or some other component. We just can't work on the complete bike as the frame and geometry have been altered and are considered too high risk for us to work on.
Doing Business with CBE
We find that the people who own and enjoy these machines are, by and large, honest. So are we.
Our preferred payment method is a check so that we can avoid bank/credit card fees. For small and medium phone orders we will simply send you the parts and ask you to send a check when you open your goodies and are happy with them. We request you try to keep your minimum order to at least $25 to make it worth Nick's time.
For service and restoration work or phone orders estimated to be more than $500, we will normally ask for a deposit and installment payments as necessary to keep us reasonably cash positive.
We can process Visa and Mastercard if you'd like as well.
Essex , VT