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 town...

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 up Alpe...

The Best Vintage 3 Arm Crankset?

One to Look Out For   This is a Spécialités TA Professional 3-arm crankset, and frankly, I believe it's the nicest vintage crankset of its...

Raleigh Professional v Schwinn Paramount

Those Were the Days   I once owned a Raleigh Professional and a Schwinn Paramount at the same time. Yes, I was living the American dream, of...

Felix’s Superb Lapierre Vitus 979

Lapierre in Dijon   This is a beautiful bike. It has the same frame design and aesthetic of Vitus Dural frames which were highly admired in the...

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Peugeot Pro Team HLE

Peugeot Pro Team HLE

    What’s in a Name?   Whenever the word “professional” is used for a model of a road bike, you expect something really good. Am I wrong? I think I’d expect a replica of a professional team bike, like the old Raleigh Professional and the similarly...

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A Bertin C 270, Perhaps?

A Bertin C 270, Perhaps?

  Andre Bertin and His Bikes   I don't think many people would be able to name an Andre Bertin model; his bikes were not exported in droves like many French brands like Peugeot and Motobecane. Americans do love their Peugeot PX10s and their Motobecane Le...

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