Manufrance Hirondelle Restoration By Jimi

  Manufrance Bikes   If you go looking for a vintage bike advertised on French classifieds, chances are you’ll easily come across a...

Phillip’s Jacques Anquetil Bike

Monsieur Chrono   This is a 1980’s Jacques Anquetil bike sent by Phillip, who is going to improve some parts of it and find out some more...

A Ride Along the French Mediterranean

Sun, Sea and a Dedicated Bike Trail   The coast towns of Marseillan, Agde and Sete are holiday resorts with miles of sandy beaches and lots of...

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...

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...

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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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