This Vintage Bike Isn’t Junk! It’s Actually a..

  Deep in the Countryside   It was a twenty minute journey through Normandy to reach the isolated farmhouse where this bike resided. When...

Peugeot Carbolite 103 Restore for 20 Euros?

Peugeot Carbolite: Keeping the Costs Down   In a way I think I paid a bit too much for this bike. In France, you can buy a vintage bike of this...

Raleigh Record Ace – Vintage but not from 1976

  The Raleigh Record Ace   Back when I was a lad the two most prestigious bikes in the Raleigh catalogue were the Professional Team bike...

Are the French Still Riding Vintage Bikes?

    Are the French Still Riding Vintage Bikes?   Rouen is an historic town in the Normandy region of France, about 70 miles north of...

Kool Stop Brake Pads – the Best Choice

Kool Stop Brake Pads   I’ve been an admirer of Kool Stop brake pads for years, using them on many vintage bikes I’ve restored. Not only have...

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If you love vintage French bikes, there are lots of reviews and restorations, bike repair tips and information on this site dedicated to classic bikes. You can also find posts on other vintage European, Japanese and American road bikes, many with links to videos on our Youtube channel. Thanks for visiting!

Are the French Still Riding Vintage Bikes?

Are the French Still Riding Vintage Bikes?

    Are the French Still Riding Vintage Bikes?   Rouen is an historic town in the Normandy region of France, about 70 miles north of Paris. It is best known for its wonderful cathedral and the place where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake by the...

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The Music of Chance Review ( La Musique Du Hazard )

The Music of Chance Review ( La Musique Du Hazard )

The Music of Chance Review   As this is a blog about vintage French bikes, I thought I’d expand on my appreciation for French culture by reviewing a book I just read in French: Paul Auster’s: The Music of Chance. I remember first seeing cover of the movie at my...

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Kool Stop Brake Pads – the Best Choice

Kool Stop Brake Pads – the Best Choice

Kool Stop Brake Pads   I’ve been an admirer of Kool Stop brake pads for years, using them on many vintage bikes I’ve restored. Not only have Kool Stop always provided direct replacements for classic brakes made by Mafac, Weinmann and Campagnolo, they’ve always...

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Restoring Brake Hoods

Restoring Brake Hoods

Restoring Brake Hoods   Better to have worn and even crumbling old brake hoods than none at all, is my opinion. Sometimes you come across bikes advertised as “restored” only to notice that the brake hoods are missing. Bare metal lever bodies are ugly and detract...

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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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