Felix’s Superb Lapierre Vitus 979

Lapierre in Dijon   This is a beautiful bike. It has the same frame design and aesthetic of Vitus Dural frames which were highly admired in the...

Two Blue Peugeots: a Competition and a Course – Vitus 181

Two for $150   I love the higher-end Peugeots of this era, especially the ones made with Vitus 181 tubing like this one. I often find myself...

Motobecane Super Sprint – Damaged

First Look   This is a Motobecane in nice condition for its age. Well, at least, this is what went through my mind when I first saw it and met...

Converting a Vintage French Bike into a 9 Speed with STI Levers

The Purple Bike   It’s not everyone’s cup of tea: a purple frame that is quite striking and flamboyent, but I really like the colour. The story...

1979 Carlton Criterium

  Dans Son Jus   I’ve never owned a Criterium before, but I have restored a couple of Pro Ams and Longfellows in recent times. The bike in this...

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1979 Carlton Criterium

1979 Carlton Criterium

  Dans Son Jus   I’ve never owned a Criterium before, but I have restored a couple of Pro Ams and Longfellows in recent times. The bike in this blog, which needs top to bottom work, was lower in the ranks than the Pro Am, which had Reynolds 531 tubing. Yet, it is...

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Late 1980’s Peugeot Camargue Mixte

Late 1980’s Peugeot Camargue Mixte

Bargain! Often in the depths of winter you can find a used bike for a good price. Last month I saw this nice French mixte bike for sale on Ebay, locally advertised, and wondered if the seller would take an offer for a quick sale. It turned out she wanted it sold that...

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James’ Mystery French Bike

James’ Mystery French Bike

The Bike James got in contact with me with quite a special bike that he has just restored, the identity of which remains a mystery. He's done a great job of restoring it, part by part, rebuilding it with obvious care and precision, but there are no decals on the bike...

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Peugeot Pro Team HLE

Peugeot Pro Team HLE

    What’s in a Name?   Whenever the word “professional” is used for a model of a road bike, you expect something really good. Am I wrong? I think I’d expect a replica of a professional team bike, like the old Raleigh Professional and the similarly...

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