A Lapierre Superlux

Rare in America   Unlike the plentiful examples of Peugeots, Motobecanes and Gitanes found on the streets of American town and cities, there...

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...

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 about...

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...

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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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Late 1980’s Peugeot Camargue Mixte

Late 1980’s Peugeot Camargue Mixte

Bargain! Often in the depths of winter you can find a used bike for a good price. Last month I saw this nice French mixte bike for sale on Ebay, locally advertised, and wondered if the seller would take an offer for a quick sale. It turned out she wanted it sold that...

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James’ Mystery French Bike

James’ Mystery French Bike

The Bike James got in contact with me with quite a special bike that he has just restored, the identity of which remains a mystery. He's done a great job of restoring it, part by part, rebuilding it with obvious care and precision, but there are no decals on the bike...

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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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