Dealer wheels in classic French designs from mainly 1970s-’90s to Bath fair this month ..
Report by Joan Porter, ATG ..

IN 1903 a publicity stunt involving 60 men, mostly from France, who mounted their bikes outside the Caf. au Reveil Martin in the Paris suburb of Montgeron, set the wheels in motion of one of the world’s greatest endurance races. They were all united in a gruelling cycling test – as well as having their eye on the 20,000 francs in prize money – and this 1500-mile event became the Tour de France. More than two million of us cycle at least once a week, according to British Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the UK, all boosted by Tour de France winners Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, and the six gold cycling medals won by Team GB in this year’s Rio Olympics. Old-style cycling caps seem de rigueur in the more hipster parts of London at least, but if you are interested in vintage bikes then a visit to the Bath Vintage & Antiques Market on Sunday, November 27, could be a winner. Dealer Tim Snell sells French vintage bikes and is bringing examples to the fair. He says of his stock: “The bikes are mainly French racing and touring bikes dating from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, made by Peugeot, Mercier, Gitane, Starnord, Jaques Anquetil and others. “They have components by manufacturers such as Mavic, Mafac, Simplex and Huret. A rideable Peugeot with decent components would cost around Åí150, but I also have a couple of projects that need a touch of TLC for Åí30.” He adds: “The pre-war Carrera that I am clutching in the picture (above left) with its leather saddle, original red tyres, and the fancy beaten aluminium mudguards, is available for Åí120.” ■