A Review of the 1977 Huret Allvit

A Review of the 1977 Huret Allvit

  Moving the Masses   The Huret Allvit was a workmanlike transmission set and could never be described as inspiring or beautiful. It was mass produced for millions of cheap bikes in the 1970’s, including my own first bike as a kid. From the big French...
1968/69 Raleigh Carlton Longfellow

1968/69 Raleigh Carlton Longfellow

  First of all it’s really hard to date a frame when the serial number is meaningless. This was the case with this Raleigh Carlton Longfellow, a model built at the Worksop facility in small numbers from about 1964-69. My best guess is that it was a 1968...
What’s Best: A Vintage or A New Brooks Saddle?

What’s Best: A Vintage or A New Brooks Saddle?

Brooks saddles are loved around the world, and especially in the U.S, their biggest market. When I lived in Seattle, they were ubiquitous, a necessary topping on carefully trimmed vintage builds and on modern bikes alike. So what’s the best: a vintage or a new...
1976 Mercier Rose "Service Des Courses"

1976 Mercier Rose "Service Des Courses"

The Velo Rose Why did Mercier choose pink as the iconic colour for their road bikes of the ’60’s and ’70’s? I don’t know the answer, but le vélo rose is one of the most distinctive and eye-catching bikes of any era. This particular bike...

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