I´m a not too young bike afficionado who has collected bikes, ridden them, written about them and repaired them for the best part of 30 years.
I ride a lot during the season, sportives mostly, and enjoy it greatly. I would like to do more utility cycling but can´t because my commute would be too long (38 km one way). I also often have to carry things to or from work.
Until now I have restored about four dozen vintage racing bikes, most of which will appear here during 2012 (I hope).
I have published a number of articles in various magazines such as the Knochenschüttler, the Boneshaker and others.
None of the bikes displayed in my blog are for sale. I do not trade in bikes or spares, although I was not very far from opening a bike shop about 15 years ago, and I do not have any relation with any of the brands mentioned in this blog, although I must disclose that Ellis-Briggs in Shipley is my favourite bike shop.

Brand names are used only to illustrate the specific bicycle in the post.

Photos and scans in this blog are either by me or by my son. I will not use any photos taken by others – unless I have their express consent. OTOH I will not take kindly to attempts to hijack my photos. Please use them only after my consent has been given. I retain the copyright to them.
Possibly nobody cares anyway, but I will explain the meaning of my blog´s title only to members of the Classicrendezvous mailing list on old racing bikes.

Now here´s the table of contents of the posts that deal with single bikes. Top in this list is the oldest post; the bottom will be the latest.

1973 EG Bates – The Funkmeister´s Favourite

1984 Brian Rourke – The Trainee´s Favourite

1976 Ellis-Briggs – Cream Puff

2009 Ellis-Briggs – Work in Progress

1958 Ellis-Briggs – Stolen Fame

1987 Mercian – At the Beginning

1979 XAB3 – Plumber´s nightmare…

1937 Ellis-Briggs – Black Beauty

1948 Thanet – Not much to say…

1958 Johnny Berry – By Special Request

1904 Allright – Shameless Self-Promotion (also about my book)

2009 Ellis-Briggs, 1980s Gazelle, 1970s Alan – What Does It Take

1940s Sun – While Im at It

1937 Bates Gate – So Strange

1991 Hetchins – Many Guises

1902 Adler – Not for Vegetarians

1990 Geo. Longstaff – Short Post about a Long Staff

1981 Chesini – Is this art or…

1946 Holdsworth – Cutie

1979 Jack Taylor – Luvly Bicycle!

1954 Gillott – An Embarrassment

1949 Thanet Silverlight – Another one

1962 Cinelli SC? – Help!

ca. 2004 Langenberg – Long Mountain

ca. 1973 Raleigh – A Gifted Horse

2011 Marschall – High Noon

ca. 1960 Miele – Neither Canadian…

1990/99 Lüders – A Red from Berlin

ca. 1997 Rickert – A Red from Dortmund


  1. AAlexander Krauß
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Congratulations! Slipstream technique will work! Very nice at first glance. Will add to iGoogle (=read every day from now on). Sorry to have missed you at the Fleche (could not start). Alexander usually starting in Osterdorf

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:32 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Alexander,
      thanks for your comment – only the Marschall isn´t my bike, and I´m not fit enough (this year) to ride a fleche, so it wasn´t me you missed but the Marschall´s owner.

  2. Tim
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi how do I contact Starostneradost? I have a vintage Brennabor which I am trying to track the history. I was told you might help.

    • Posted November 12, 2014 at 7:34 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Tim,
      just go to any blog post, scroll down to its end (if it´s long enough to need scrolling), hit the “Comment” function and hey presto, you´ll be writing an email to me – just like you did. Don´t worry, it won´t surface on the blog until I have approved it to, but private communication won´t be approved, it´ll stay private.
      Hope to hear from you soon, and looking forward to seeing pics of the bike (perhaps also for the blog?)

  3. Tim
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for getting back to me. How would I send photos via this system? I have been told my bike is pre 1945.

  4. Kurt Schaak
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink | Reply


    Maybe you could help me. I am in need of information regarding an 1899 Crescent and see that you have recently restored one, and it looks like a new machine, beautiful work.

    I need photos of a original bicycle in an effort to restore the one I have and a catalog for reference. I can’t believe how difficult it is to find photos of an 1899 and I haven’t been able to find a catalog either.

    You’re help is so greatly appreciated!!!

    Sincerely grateful, Kurt

    • Posted August 31, 2017 at 5:05 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kurt,
      sorry about the late answer.
      Also sorry to say that I don´t have any other material save the photos I have published on the blog. I can try and find the catalogue photocopy I have, but even my copy isn´t that good.
      Also the restauration took place about 15 years ago.

  5. Kurt Schaak
    Posted September 4, 2017 at 5:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you again. It was worth the effort to reach out to you. By the way I have much enjoyed reading about your other works as well. Happy trails, Kurt

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