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...

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...

Vintage Specialized Allez Restoration – the Battle

Vintage Specialized Allez Restoration   If a vintage bike has been ridden for years as a commuter bike, then chances are its condition is going...

Handle Bike Hauling the Right Way with Yakima

  Cycling is one of those adventurous activities that stand the test of time because of the various...

Welcome to The Velo Collective

The definitive resource for vintage French bikes.

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!

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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French Steerer Threads-Retapping and Repairing

French Steerer Threads-Retapping and Repairing

 French Steerer Threads   Here is an email I received recently from Carles, with an interesting but difficult problem with his Vitus bike: “I recently ended up in your website, which I found super useful. I had the bad luck of ending up with a vitus with italian...

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Lapierre Superlux

Lapierre Superlux

Lapierre SuperLux: Rare in America     Unlike the plentiful examples of Peugeots, Motobecanes and Gitanes found on the streets of American town and cities, there are few Lapierre bikes to admire. Even fewer Lapierre Superlux models. They weren’t exported to...

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