Restoring a Cyril Guimard

Restoring a Cyril Guimard

The unrestored Guimard   The Bike   Stablinski, Poulidor, Anquetil..some great riders have lent their names to bikes over the years, many of them being mass produced and cheap to buy. Most Anquetils and Merckx bikes you see around are as cheap as chips,...
Clincher Wheelset or Tubular?

Clincher Wheelset or Tubular?

  Weight Weenies   A beautiful wheelset completes a bike. But let’s face it, nowadays the cost of a high quality wheelset can be astronomical. The desire, the obsession, for such spectacularly lightweight wheels is obvious when visiting bike shops...
A Rare Francis Poirier Bike

A Rare Francis Poirier Bike

  The Marque   There’s very little information about FR Poirier bikes on the internet, even on French websites. Search for “Poirier” and you will come across an old French firm that used to make some bizarre tricycles and pedal powered...
Vintage French Wheelsets Compared

Vintage French Wheelsets Compared

Alpin Hubs and Super Champion Competition Rims   I really liked these Alpin hubs: hi flange, beautifully made, a French tubular wheelset of high quality that was very light. I polished them up as they were a little dull after decades of service, and they ended up...
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...

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