1980’s Jacques Anquetil – Worth it?

    The Anquetil Name   I'm surprised that Jacques Anquetil never produced a high end series of road bikes after all his successes as a rider. It...

A Cursed Bertin with Columbus Tubing

  A White Groupset   This is a bit of a Champagne bike to me. Not only is it the colour of pink Champagne, which is a great shade, but it is rather...

The Search For Monsieur Treboutte

  The Colour Purple   This is one of the most striking frame sets I've ever come across. Not because of any special features, like really ornate...

Carlton Pro Am 12 v Peugeot PFN 10

  Well Matched   Why make a comparison between these two bikes? Well, because I owned both of them, and I think it's an interesting look at two...

Video: Restoring and Installing a Bent Campagnolo Valentino Rear Derailleur

Video       The Repair   What seems to work on a bike stand may not always work when on the road, and this was exactly the case here. I thought I...

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5 Details to Help Sell Your Vintage Bike

5 Details to Help Sell Your Vintage Bike

  Details are Important   I loved this bike pictured above. It's actually one of the favourite bikes I've ever ridden, a Miyata 912 that was in really superb condition. It wasn't dressed up in Campagnolo, didn't have a flashy paint job or fancy pants lugs, it was just...

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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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