The Best British Touring Bike

  Four Classics   The bikes are: A Dawes Galaxy A British Eagle Touristique A Nigel Dean World Tour A Claude Butler Dalesman   All were built in the...

A Velo De Mercier, but what’s the Model?

  The Missing Catalogues   Unlike the information on Peugeot and Motobecane, there are not many Mercier catalogues posted on the internet. I'm not...

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...

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...

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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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Restoring the Anquetil Super Vitus 971

Restoring the Anquetil Super Vitus 971

  Not Without Problems..   Just because you may have come into ownership of a really lovely vintage road bike, it doesn't mean to say restoring it will be a series of happy moments. Looks are deceiving. Sometimes, the most wretched looking bikes prove to be easily...

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