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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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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The River Ride: Cycling on the Dordogne

The River Ride: Cycling on the Dordogne

  Let's Get All Folksy   I don't know of any French folk songs about rivers or journeys, but this ride could be sung like one of those old American folk tunes: I took my Bianchi down to the river Where with every twist And every turn My trail followed with her.. Well...

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Riding a Steel Bianchi in the Dordogne

Riding a Steel Bianchi in the Dordogne

  The Bike: Late 1990's Bianchi, Full Cromo Tubes and Forks 57cm 24 Speed, 3 x 8 Campagnolo Mirage Groupset Rigida Rims, Steel Spokes   Riding in the Region The Dordogne isn't like the flat and wide open spaces of Normandy. It is a hilly, rocky place, that affords it...

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