Vintage Specialized Allez Jim Merz

Specialized Allez SE   I watched this vintage Specialized Allez bike, a 1987 version, looking rather forlorn and beaten, sitting advertised at...

Peugeot Super Competition: the Battle with Rust

  https://youtu.be/XspeW6SYhtE   Peugeot Super Competition   I’d been looking for a Peugeot Super Competition for a while, because...

Can 10 Speed Friction Shifting Work? Video.

https://youtu.be/qcSEkfzL8dM   Can 10 Speed Friction Shifting Work? Some people have commented on the video that they have succeeded in making...

1973 Peugeot PA 10E

Decades of Neglect   Perhaps “neglect” is too strong a word for the description of this bike, as it is my impression that it was stored for...

Laurent Special Competition – a Strange One

The Marque   Laurent is not a name I am familiar with, so when I went to buy this bike I really didn’t know what to expect. I could see it had...

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Vintage Specialized Allez Jim Merz

Vintage Specialized Allez Jim Merz

Specialized Allez SE   I watched this vintage Specialized Allez bike, a 1987 version, looking rather forlorn and beaten, sitting advertised at a good price for weeks. For days I looked at its photographs a dozen times, tilting my head to look at the clumsily...

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Can 10 Speed Friction Shifting Work? Video.

Can 10 Speed Friction Shifting Work? Video.

https://youtu.be/qcSEkfzL8dM   Can 10 Speed Friction Shifting Work? Some people have commented on the video that they have succeeded in making 10 speed friction shifting work. I accept that some set ups could function, but the precision involved would surely...

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1973 Peugeot PA 10E

1973 Peugeot PA 10E

Decades of Neglect   Perhaps “neglect” is too strong a word for the description of this bike, as it is my impression that it was stored for much of its life indoors. I’ve seen a lot worse; bikes that have been exposed to the weather and have paid the price for...

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Motobecane Mystery Model

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 can see, it's a lovely frameset, black with superb gold detailing around the lugs, gold decals, half chrome forks and...

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1973 Juvela Swiss Road Bike

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 information about, but as soon I got them, I’ll write you more about. Anyway a beautiful frame and even in the French part of...

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