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...

How it Turned Out: Restoring the Claud Butler Electron

  Kept Indoors? I Don't Think So.. I asked the original owner of this bike, a person who'd owned it from new all the way back to 1976, if it had...

The Claud Butler: The Wheels

  The Worst of It Rusty, dirty wheels; I don't think there's a tougher task when it comes to restoring a vintage bike. In this case, there's even a...

Claud Butler Electron Restoration Project

Buying the Bike   The lady who sold me this bike seemed quite reluctant to part with it. She had advertised it for a fair price, in view of it's...

The Mysterious Motobecane Chatard

  Not a Typical Motobecane This lovely bike was sent in by Jimi Roller via the Velocollective Facebook page, which you can visit here. It's quite an...

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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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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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