More 531 Peugeot and Motobecane Frames

More 531 Peugeot and Motobecane Frames

Classic French Bikes   I thought I’d present some vintage French 531 frames and a Motobecane  Le Champion that I sold this summer, and I thought I’d put a few of the most interesting ones on here. My favourite was the gold framed Peugeot pictured above, I...
The Bike Boom Effect: A Sleeping Giant Awakes

The Bike Boom Effect: A Sleeping Giant Awakes

The Japanese Revolution   The bike boom in the early 1970’s must have been a wonderful period for bike manufacturers and component makers in Europe. Exports of bikes to the USA rose from 7 million in 1970 to to 14 million in 1974. Demand for European bikes...
The Mercier Rose – A Featherweight Mixte

The Mercier Rose – A Featherweight Mixte

  A rose by any other name.. A very nice example of French bike building for the more discerning female rider, this Mercier rose mixte is a real head turner and as lightweight as some of the higher-end men’s bikes of its era. Even with its mid-range French...
Shimano Arabesque, 1978-1983

Shimano Arabesque, 1978-1983

  Like it or loathe it   The Arabesque or 600 EX is always deemed a bit of an oddball, a strange foray into the exotic by Shimano at the end of the 1970’s. There is little information out there as to why they chose to create such an elaborate design to...

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