Wednesday, June 4, 2014

European Racing Photos from the 1970s

A fellow Classic Rendezvous List member shared this and I thought I'd pass it along. Great photos and news clippings from the 1970s racing scene. Love the bike pics!

Click HERE

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The eBay Alternative You'Ve Been Looking for - New Vintage Bicycle Online Marketplace

Welcome to A Great Vintage

Established October 15, 2013

My name is Tom Jordan, and I’m a vintage bicycle collector and the owner of, which I started in November 2011. A Great Vintage was born from my admiration for older bikes of all styles and genres and my desire to connect buyers, sellers, and vintage bicycle enthusiasts from around the world. I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do. Thank you for visiting!

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A Great Vintage is a global, online marketplace for buying and selling vintage bicycles, parts, accessories, and clothing. A 7 Day Ad costs only 50 cents, USD, and we never charge any fees associated with your sales.

If you wish to sell a bicycle, part, or accessory, simply click on the “Place Ad” link in the right sidebar of every page. You can create an Ad that runs for 7 days, 30 days, or “Until it Sells” whichever works best for you. You also have the choice of paying for each individual ad via PayPal, or to purchase Ad Credits, which you can purchase at a discount.

Ad Credits are a handy and cost-effective way of “paying” for your ads without having to go to PayPal each time. This becomes especially useful when you need to place multiple ads at once. You’ll see the cost savings these credits provide on the Place Ad page.

We accept credit cards through PayPal, but you do not have to have a PayPal account to use our service. PayPal will accept credit card payments even from non-members. Your transactions are always secure, as all transactions are done within the PayPal site.

We charge no transaction or back-end fees at all. Once listed, you control how long your ad runs, who you sell it to, and how it is shipped.

A Great Vintage  is always free for buyers, so feel free to browse through all the great bicycles, parts, and accessories you’ll find here. Buyers do need to register for an account to contact sellers.

We welcome all types of bicycles built from 1890 – 1990. As the name implies, this site is designed to cater to “vintage” bicycles of all types as well as KOF or “Keepers of the Flame,” which, on this site, refers to newer bikes built in a “classic” style.

Thanks, and have fun!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vintage Bike Ride

I am privileged to be invited along with a small group of vintage cycling enthusiasts on this annual ride from Long Beach, CA to Newport Beach. Lots of great history with both the bikes and the frame builders present. Lots of pics HERE.  Enjoy.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Vintage Bicycle Show - Manhattan Beach Grand Prix

Had a great time at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix this morning. Not only was the racing action spectacular, (pics HERE), but the vintage bikes on display were equally inspiring. 

Thanks to Ted Ernst for establishing this 3rd longest running bicycle race in the USA. This is the 52nd year and the 2nd oldest race is only one year older.

More pics from the show HERE.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Test Ride - Centurion Equipe

I took the Centurion "Cinelli" Equipe out for a 15-miler this morning around the neighborhood. While there were no hills, cobblestones, switchbacks, or other fun obstacles to provide a "proper" test ride evaluation, there were squirrels to dodge and I came close to hitting a skunk, so perhaps this counts toward the bike's adequate handling characteristics. 

The first couple miles were somewhat uncomfortable, but this was no fault of the bike. Had to adjust the seat back an inch and tilt it up a bit. I prefer to have the nose of my saddles a couple of degrees above horizontal. I truly distaste leaning into the bars to keep myself "back" on my saddles. If you find yourself with numb palms or fingers after a ride, make sure your not leaning into the bars too much. You should feel neutral on your bike - well-balanced and not pitched forward, fighting to keep yourself from sliding off the front or the back of your saddle. 

Enough for the riding lessons. Once I adjusted the seat, the Centurion disappeared beneath me. It has very neutral handling, neither twitchy or laid-back, and, although not the lightest bike in the stable (22 pounds 1oz without bottle cages), accelerates well and is stiff while sprinting. 

Perhaps the best compliment I can give this bike is that it doesn't draw attention to itself in any way. The Campagnolo Nuovo Record rear derailleur shifts effortlessly through the gears, and the stability and easy handling allow me to focus on everything except the bike - like the squirrels and other, less pleasant early-morning critters.

I was thinking of selling this bike, but, after this morning's ride, I've decided it's a keeper. This is a decision I can live with, and one that should bring many more easy miles in the years to come.

More photos of the Centurion Equipe can be found HERE

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