Links

These are links to other websites that I like and that I think will be of interest to other Classic Factory Lightweight enthusiasts.  Links that are specific to one make of bicycle will be added to the relevant manufacturer’s page.

Clubs:

  • Veteran-Cycle Club (V-CC): UK based club with international membership that promotes the study and documentation of bicycle history and the preservation of bicycles.  Covers bicycles of all ages, in spite of its name.  Excellent publications mailed out to members.

Classic Bicycle Websites:

  • Classic Rendezvous – A website devoted to lightweight vintage bicycles of the years up to about 1983.  A wealth of information on bicycles and components categorized by country of origin and manufacturer.  Associated mailing list is an excellent forum for the exchange of information.
  • Classic Viking Cycles – Covers the glory years of Viking Cycles in the UK from the late 1940s to the late 1960s (and will contain later model information after the demise of the original company in 1967 as it becomes available).

Blogs:

  • Italian Cycling Journal – A continuous stream of great stuff – old and new
  • Velosvintage – An awesome collection of actual and replica team racing bikes, team jerseys and pictures of the riders.  A bit difficult to navigate around, but worth the effort.  French language.
  • BikeJunk – Some interesting bikes but apparently no new entries for a while

Suppliers:

  • Universal Cycle Centre, Maltby, Rotherham, S.Yorks, UK – A bike shop that carries regular supplies of parts, new and used, for classic bikes.  Proprietor Dave Marsh has a wealth of knowledge and information from his days at Carlton and involvement with the cycling scene.  Will ship worldwide.
  • BicycleDecals.net – New UK-based international supplier of bicycle transfers/ decals/ stickers for vintage, classic and contemporary bicycles.  Fast-growing range of products.  Some renovated bicycles on this site, and to be added here, use their products.
  • Atlantic Boulevard – Frame Restorations – Bury, Lancashire, UK – Not the cheapest but amongst the best.  They operate through a courier service for the collection and delivery of frames and bicycles.  They renovated the 1950-1 Wolsit on this site, including some frame repair and getting the components rechromed, and the 1978 Coppi.