Cool Vintage Bikes in Vintage French Towns

    Peugeot HLE, Beziers   With its undeniably 1980’s paintwork, this Peugeot was one of the few vintage bikes I saw around the town...

Riding Vintage Around Lake Annecy, France

  Going Alpine   I’m not one for climbing large mountains in some pursuit of my own cycling fantasy. I admire those who do make it up Alpe...

The Best Vintage 3 Arm Crankset?

One to Look Out For   This is a Spécialités TA Professional 3-arm crankset, and frankly, I believe it's the nicest vintage crankset of its...

Raleigh Professional v Schwinn Paramount

Those Were the Days   I once owned a Raleigh Professional and a Schwinn Paramount at the same time. Yes, I was living the American dream, of...

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...

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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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