1985 Peugeot PH 501 – Video

   Peugeots in the Mid 1980's   I like this era of Peugeot bikes, a time when technology was changing and the brand's grip on the market...

Mercier Rose with Shimano 600 Groupset

The Bike and the Car   I’d had my eye on this pink Mercier bike for a few days, so on the morning when I finally arranged to meet the seller...

Felix’s “Arosa”: A Christmas Present for Donat

I Bet You..   ..£5 that you haven't seen one of these before. It has nothing in common with De Rosa, the Italian brand par excellence. This is...

Niaz’s Alan Competizione, Carbinio and Peugeot Bikes.

Alan and Peugeot   Niaz wrote to me recently with some pictures of his superb French bikes, with some excellent informative background about...

French Steerer Threads-Retapping, Extending, Repairing

 A Tale of Two Threads   Here is an email I received recently from Carles, with an interesting but difficult problem with his Vitus bike: “I...

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A Vingage Atala Rizzato – Completely Restored

A Vingage Atala Rizzato – Completely Restored

A Bike for Séraphine   I’ve only ridden an Atala bike once, back in the days before the housing market in Seattle was still affordable and the Capitol Hill district of the city was more bohemian than tecchie. I owned it for a few weeks, but there was no lack of...

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