Video – Building a New Bike from a Broken Peugeot

  About time   The Peugeot was owned by my brother in law from new, but a few years ago the rear chain stay snapped on it and the bike was...

Motobecane Mystery Model

  The Frameset   Diggs got in touch with me about a very beautiful frameset he bought from an enthusiast in Paris, pictured below. As you...

1973 Juvela Swiss Road Bike

  The Marque   "Juvela was a brand from Lausanne 1951-72 where I live and I don’t know why, very rare here! There is not a lot of...

1985 Peugeot PH 501 – Video

   Peugeots in the Mid 1980's   I like this era of Peugeot bikes, a time when technology was changing and the brand's grip on the market...

Mercier Rose with Shimano 600 Groupset

The Bike and the Car   I’d had my eye on this pink Mercier bike for a few days, so on the morning when I finally arranged to meet the seller...

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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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