When Motobecane Became MBK: a Review of the Super Sprint

  Fall of the Giants Motobecane shares a similar history to Britain's Raleigh brand, and sadly both companies no longer produce bikes in their...

J’Accuse: Halfords and their Policy Against Bike Boxes.

  I'm not Stating the Obvious   Everyone knows that Halfords is a big corporate entity, expensive and holding a large piece of the pie of the...

Removing a Stuck Crankset By Extra Force

  Some Caveats   This method has been useful to me a number of times, with the problem of unyielding crank arms. With s bike stand, you only have so...

The 1980 Dawes Galaxy – Reborn in Pictures

  Bringing it Back to Life   Here is a list of the issues this 1980 Dawes Galaxy had when I bought it: Rear Wheel out of True Headset Loose Bottom...

After the Touristique, I came Across a Dawes Galaxy..

  Post Touristique Blues   The best bike I've ridden for a while? The British Eagle Touristique. It surprises me, that a British touring bike from...

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Removing a Stuck Crankset By Extra Force

  Some Caveats   This method has been useful to me a number of times, with the problem of unyielding crank arms. With s bike stand, you only have so much force you can use with one arm. You may find that you are rotating your crank puller ( with a wrench  ) but have...

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Restoring the Anquetil Super Vitus 971

Restoring the Anquetil Super Vitus 971

  Not Without Problems..   Just because you may have come into ownership of a really lovely vintage road bike, it doesn't mean to say restoring it will be a series of happy moments. Looks are deceiving. Sometimes, the most wretched looking bikes prove to be easily...

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The River Ride: Cycling on the Dordogne

The River Ride: Cycling on the Dordogne

  Let's Get All Folksy   I don't know of any French folk songs about rivers or journeys, but this ride could be sung like one of those old American folk tunes: I took my Bianchi down to the river Where with every twist And every turn My trail followed with her.. Well...

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Riding a Steel Bianchi in the Dordogne

Riding a Steel Bianchi in the Dordogne

  The Bike: Late 1990's Bianchi, Full Cromo Tubes and Forks 57cm 24 Speed, 3 x 8 Campagnolo Mirage Groupset Rigida Rims, Steel Spokes   Riding in the Region The Dordogne isn't like the flat and wide open spaces of Normandy. It is a hilly, rocky place, that affords it...

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