Changing Centre Pull for Side Pull Brakes

  Mafac and Weinmann   So many vintage road bikes still have their Weinmann or Mafac centre pull brakes intact. They were once the staple braking...

Are French and Standard Headsets Interchangeable?

Repairing Old French Threads If your older French bike has damaged threads, you have a problem. French parts are becoming hard to find, and not many...

The Jacotey and the Damaged Fork Threads: One Problem Leads into Another..

Background You can read the original post about this bike here. When I bought this attractive red Jacotey last year, naturally I was pleased with my...

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...

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Changing Centre Pull for Side Pull Brakes

Changing Centre Pull for Side Pull Brakes

  Mafac and Weinmann   So many vintage road bikes still have their Weinmann or Mafac centre pull brakes intact. They were once the staple braking components on many French bikes, from the introduction of Mafac Racer brakes in 1952, to their eventual demise which came...

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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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