Motobecane Super Sprint – Damaged

First Look   This is a Motobecane in nice condition for its age. Well, at least, this is what went through my mind when I first saw it and met...

Converting a Vintage French Bike into a 9 Speed with STI Levers

The Purple Bike   It’s not everyone’s cup of tea: a purple frame that is quite striking and flamboyent, but I really like the colour. The story...

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...

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,...

Rafal’s 1975 Motobecane Super Champion

A Gem I received an email from Rafal from Poland, who told me about his beautiful 1975 Motobecane Super Champion, similar to the one I blogged about...

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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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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,...

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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...

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