I've been thinking about taking my old/vintage Lotus frame from 1984 and fixing it up. The tubing is Columbus and it was considered the highest-offering from Lotus in 1984, so all considering it may be worth keeping.
-I'd like to repair a small dent on the top tube
-Remove cable leads/bosses and clean up the frame's appearance a bit
-Get it in for a good paint job....
It is currently a great fixed conversion (used for commuting), but I'd like to make it into a very clean looking single-speed for commuting and errands and such.
Do you have any recommendations? Perhaps someone local, ideally - I'm in Los Angeles (downtown area) and can reasonably carry the frame to the person within 40 miles.
Any idea of how much this may cost?
...or is it even worth it? Should I, instead, just get another frame altogether?
Oh yeah - and about the SS Couplers... The tubing seems pretty standard, and I would assume that converting this frame into a travel frame is possible. But is it worth it? And couldn't someone just steal half of my bicycle?