Old Bloke On An Old Bike

The story of the restoration of a 1950s classic bicycle for a Land's End – John O'Groats charity ride in aid of Alzheimer's Society

Remarkable old blokes #2: Velocio

Paul de Vivie, who used the splendid nom de plume VĂ©locio, was born in 1853 in the Vaucluse department of south-east France. He was the great pioneer of French club … Continue reading

October 31, 2015

14 Jun 2015: The joys of research

I came across some old cycling magazines from the 1940s and 50s and hoped to find some ideas about components for the restoration of my reserve bike: the 1942 Claud … Continue reading

June 14, 2015

19 Sep 2014: gears…

The most difficult part of the restoration… The bike will have derailleur gears, but they’ll be far cruder than the smooth 11-speed gearing found on modern road bikes. In the … Continue reading

September 19, 2014