Mystery Bike.. Restored

Mystery Bike.. Restored

 The Mystery Bike     It was in a shoddy state. Unridden for a long time, I’d guess for more than twenty years. The tyres were flat, the rear derailleur was locked up with thick dirt; the chain was off; the Stronglight headset was rusty and so loose...
Repairing a Vintage Huret Rear Derailleur

Repairing a Vintage Huret Rear Derailleur

  Spring Tension     Repairing a vintage Huret rear derailleur, I have to admit, wasn’t a job I was sure of. I really believed that this 1978 Huret Eco rear derailleur was broken, after taking it off an old French bike. It had no spring tension...
Vintage French Seatpost Sizes

Vintage French Seatpost Sizes

    The 26mm Issue   Vintage French seatpost sizes..or simply called “why didn’t they just make one bloody size of seatpost?”  Yes, beware the French bike, for there are a surprising number of difficulties that can easily stand in your...
An Eighties Hinault, Possibly

An Eighties Hinault, Possibly

  Where Did All the Decals Go?   This is the first thing I always think when I see bike removed of its branding. Do they just fall off in time? Do people take them off to protect their bikes from being stolen? Do they just somehow slip off in the rain, or while...

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