These are my classic road bikes. The Batavus Competition and Gazelle AB were bikes I owned in the late 1970's, early 1980's. I ran into similar bikes some time ago and couldn't resist...
The Batavus was my first 'real' racing bike (i.e. without fenders). I owned an ivory one like this first and later an orange one with Shimano 600 'Arabesque' components.
The Peugeot PY10 was in the 1978
and 1979 Peugeot brochure
and this had been a long time favorite of mine. My parents promised me the bike for my 16th birthday if I wouldn't start riding a moped. When I became 16, the choice was between the PY10 and the Campagnolo Nuovo Record equipped Gazelle. I went for the Gazelle, mainly because of its compatibility with modern components. Never regretted that decision but it is nice to own an original PY10 after all these years anyways...
The team Skala Gazelle was one of my favorite frames of that era but back then I bought a C-Record Merckx Corsa Extra, nearly identical to this one
in the brochure.
After the Merckx came another Gazelle
, an AA-Special, Brussels blue with Shimano Dura Ace 7400/7410, including the first STI's.
The Démax was my main bike up to 2005 when I switched from steel to carbon. The best steel frame I've ridden, very stiff bottom bracket and good torsional rigidity. I recently rebuilt it with some Record 10-speed parts and it is now my wet weather bike, still a great ride!Batavus Competition - 1977
Ishiwata 022 tubing. 1th generation Shimano 600
, fully original down to the Vredestein Sprint Vederlicht tyres. Peugeot PY10EC - 1978
Reynolds 531. Full 'Spidel' group: Simplex Super LJ derailleurs including the 175 gram Delrin
/alloy rear derailleur, Mafac Competition centrepull brakes, Stronglight 105 bis
crankset and Maillard 700 hubs and pedals. The groupset was completed with a french Laprade brand seatpost, Ideale 2002 saddle and Philippe Professionnel handlebars and stem. Gazelle Champion Mondial AB - 1983
Gazelle team colours. Reynolds 531. Mix of Campagnolo Nuovo Record & Super Record
as common in the 1980's. First version of the Selle Italia Turbo saddle. Gazelle Champion Mondial AA-Special - 1984
Reynolds 531. Skala team version; different decals and fork than a 'normal' AA-special. First generation (stamped logo
) Campagnolo ‘180’ Record Corsa
. Selle Italia Turbo SLG
alloy rail saddle. Gazelle Démax - 1999
Reynolds 531 Trapezium (tapered). Campagnolo Record
10-speed. Custom rear brake cable guides and Gazelle/Time Club carbon fork.
My plastic bike is here