Hello from Tilburg, the Netherlands, Europe
hi bike/cycling fans
my name is peter valkema and i live in holland in the city of tilburg, about 5 kms from the belgian border. so that's not bad, as both holland and belgium are cycling crazy countries that grind to a complete halt during (for instance) the tour de france.
i've been cycling all my life (school run, racing, bmx, mountainbiking, commuting etc.) as are most dutchies, but recently i have bitten by the fixed gear bug. this sparked another interest: vintage road bikes from the 1970's en '80's.
this forum has been a great help in finding facts and history about different brands and parts, and a general inspiration bacause i'm glad to see so many people into riding (and) bikes!
o yeah, recent activity is pictured here: http://picasaweb.google.nl/pjvalkema/Fixies# (includes the slaughter of possibly nice classic road bikes, i must admit... but i enjoy creating a new style for them and if they're really beautiful i wouldn't 'fix them' or at least keep the braze-ons etc. intact!)
Formerly Known as Newbie
Cheers and welcome to the Forums!
It seems you've been lurking for a while so you know your way around here already. Glad to see you take the plunge and start contributing too.
Nice bikes, Peter.
Paint jobs look nice. Are you painting them yourself or do you have a contact for that work?
actually only one has been repainted, the formerly pink now cream concorde. i did it myself with a simple spraying can and it looks much nicer in the pics than in reality but thnx for the compliment ;-)