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Jo Routens 650B Restoration

In the fall of 2014, I acquired one of my “grail bikes,” a Jo Routens randonneur.   I wrote it about it here, after it arrived from France and I had ridden it around the city for a few months.  Then in the summer, I took the plunge on a full restoration, with the goal of […]

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Jo Routens 650B randonneuse

New grail bike acquired – a 1960’s Jo Routens randonneuse bicycle.  Jo Routens was the father of Jean-Paul Routens, who built a 1970’s “cyclosportif” bicycle I featured recently. I bought this bike from a French seller on eBay France, and these are the original auction photos.  I’ll have my own up in future articles, but […]

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Andre Bertin 650B three speed

This bike was a quick Sunday project that turned out quite nicely.  I had nearly all of the components laying around my apartment already, but didn't have an appropriate frame to put them on.  When this Andre Bertin frame popped up locally, I knew it would be perfect.  Read more…

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Grail Bike – Zunow 650B randonneur

Every bicycle enthusiast has a certain bike that's their "holy grail" – that perfect combination of builder, vintage, design, and of course rarity that makes it both sought-after and difficult, if not nearly impossible, to find.  Recently, I finally found mine: a 1970's vintage Zunow randonneur. The Zunow brand, founded in 1965 by Japanese master […]

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    This bike was a Centurion Pro Tour originally, a high-quality Japanese-made touring bike from 1978.  One of Centurion's top-of-the-line models, the Pro Tour had some cool features rarely seen on a production bike: brazed-on centerpull brake calipers and a fully chromed frame.   Later iterations of the Pro Tour (from 1980-1984) had more common […]

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1950s Mercier 650B Randonneur

I recently finished restoring this classic French randonneur bicycle, a Mercier from the early 1950's.  It's equipped with 650B wheels and a number of rare components only seen on French bicycles of the 1940's – 50's.   I acquired the bike from a French seller on eBay, and comprehensively restored it to the original drivetrain, […]

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