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...

Two Vintage Carltons for Sale: a Pro Am and Courette

    The Details   Patrick write to me with two Carlton bikes for sale, both built with Reynolds 531 tubing, a large Pro Am and a ladies' Courette,...

The Wobbly, Irreparable, Solida Crankset and a Bit of Monty Python

  Oh Not Again   I've had problems with Solida cranks before. Not that I don't like them, or have it in for them, they are pretty nice looking...

Bernard Dangre – A Mixte Restoration ( With Video )

    The Project   Allyn got in touch with me from Switzerland, who sent me pictures of her Bernard Dangre mixte that she was about to have restored....

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...

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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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