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1: 1952 Mo­to­con­fort Ran­don­neur

I’m a UK ex­pat liv­ing in Switzer­land and I bought the bike through eBay France. French ran­don­neurs were well ahead of the time when it came to brake, gear­ing, com­fort and de­railleur tech­nol­ogy. The bike rides re­ally well, par­tic­u­larly once you’ve got used to the front ‘sui­cide’ de­railleur changer. I ride it to work some­times – 50km round trip. It’s top value and it’s more of a crowd puller than my friend’s €14k Pinarello Dogma! Guy Red­shaw

2: Enigma sin­gle­speed

I com­mute 37km each way on this bespoke ti­ta­nium beauty and have been do­ing so for the past 14 years. Ba­si­cally, I’ve been reg­u­larly rid­ing from Leather­head to Clerken­well and back for a long time. Phil Cress­well

3: Trek Sin­gle­track 920

I’ve had it for around 19 years now, but due to a long pe­riod while I was work­ing abroad, it ended up sit­ting qui­etly in the garage and as good as new. It’s more hy­brid than MTB th­ese days, with its new set of 50mm Sch­walbe Marathons, but it’s a great runaround when I’m not tack­ling a longer run. Other than the tyres, it’s all orig­i­nal and rust free. Chris Perry

4: Mer­cian 531 frame

I wanted to blend old school with new cool. It fea­tures three-spoke car­bon rear with wood-fin­ish ef­fect. The wheels are Miche rim (wood ef­fect) on a Miche hub. The Miche theme con­tin­ues with the front caliper. Brooks sup­ply the sad­dle and it’s a Cam­pag­nolo chain­set. Michael Pearce

5: Raleigh Rapide

I thought some­one might be in­ter­ested in the bike – my first build – which I have just put to­gether. It has a Sturmey Archer three-speed rear hub with coaster brake, Sturmey front hub and crankset. Roger Mowser

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