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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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J.P. Routens Cyclosportif Bicycle

This lovely bicycle is a 58cm Routens “cyclosportif” with a Simplex Super LJ group set.  It’s one of the finest machines I’ve had the privilege of restoring, although it needed very little actual work to restore.  A “cyclosportif” is sort of like the French equivalent to “sport touring” where a bike may have fenders and […]

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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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