Cycles Gitane in Blue with a Chain Line Problem – Video

A History of Violence   Perhaps this bike has no “wow” factor, it’s neither of really high quality nor is it impressively beautiful, but it’’s...

A 1986 Motobecane BC112, Video with Huret Problems

  Just Around the Corner I saw this cool 1980’s Motobecane standing outside a neighbour’s house, with a sign “á vendre” ( for sale ) attached to it....

American Special – Trek 500; Better than a Peugeot?

Video Review Below:   https://youtu.be/wlvEAvGifUg   Clash of the 501’s I recently posted a blog about the Peugeot PH501, though it...

A French Frameset, but Branded Battaglin?

  Rebranded   Someone wrote to me asking my opinion on this curious track frame which he has recently bought. It has horizontal rear...

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...

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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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Peugeot Pro Team HLE

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 I’d expect a replica of a professional team bike, like the old Raleigh Professional and the similarly...

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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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