Friday, 5 August 2011


I was going to take a bike on our holiday to France but it seemed too much of a faff. 
So instead, for 10€, I hired this MBK road bike with indexed down-tube shifters from a hire shop in Ribérac. It was the first time I'd used these sort of gears, and I found them pretty good to use.
We were lucky enough to be staying in the Chateau Des Etoiles run by the Visconti family.
Of course I bought some oxygen for the ride.

In a small town nearby the local toy shop owner was a cycling fan and has quite a collection of vintage Tour de France collectables.

Jaques Antequil on the left maybe?