Jacques Anquetil

Posted on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Jacques Anquetil

Jacques Anquetil

The sight of Jacques Anquetil on a bicycle gives credence to an idea we Americans find unpalatable, that of a natural aristocracy. From the first day he seriously straddled a top tube,”Anq” had a sense or perfection most riders spend a lifetime searching for. Between 1950, when he rode his first race, and nineteen years later, when he retired, Anquetil had countless frames underneath him, yet that indefinable poise was always there

The look was that of a greyhound. His arms and legs were extended more than was customary in his era of pounded post World War II roads. And the toes pointed down. Just a few years before, riders had prided their ankling motion, but Jacques was the first of the big gear school. His smooth power dictated his entire approach to the sport. Hands resting serenely on his thin Mafac brake levers, the sensation from Quincampoix, Normandy, appeared to cruise while others wriggled in desperate attempts to keep up.

American journalist, Owen Mulholland

fagin groleau project

Posted on Saturday, April 26th, 2014

fagin groleau frame drive side

fagin groleau frame drive side

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fagin groleau vintage steel bicycle project- with super record and campagnolo victory group,beautiful chromed italian frame

1960’s Peugeot PA10

Posted on Monday, April 21st, 2014

Been working on a peugeot PA10 that I rescued from a dechetterie in rural France. It was in a sad sorry state when I found it, full of rust and totally seized. Now it has been professionally sand blasted, powdercoated with some new decals it looks alot better. I have just finished reassembling the chainset (which was also rechromed) and bottom bracket and have attached some old stock wolber rims laced to normandy high flange hubs. watch this space for progress!

pa-10 reassembly

pa-10 reassembly

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