Expo Cycles Bédoin Ventoux

Tour de France yellow bike

On Sunday we went to visit Expo Cycles Bédoin Ventoux – the shonky (in the best sense of the word) private bicycle and cycling memorabilia collection of Lino Lazzerini, a man whose boyhood dream of being a professional cyclist transformed in a 50 year passion for all things velo, making him a well known and much liked figure in the area. The collection is housed in the village of Bédoin’s former fire station, which accounts for the fabulous amount of space and open frontage. For the cycling novice like myself the colours, graphic shapes and fast paced fonts were reason enough to spend a couple of hours wandering around. For Mr Hope, a cycling pro – who once owned a bike shop, represented Britain at the World Mountain Biking championships in Colorado and whose book we found in the museums’ library (!) – seeing such a varied collection all in one place meant he could have spent a couple of days wandering around.Cycling polo shirtAbove: A super chic polo shirt cycling jersey with a couple of stripes on the collar make a far more attractive riding proposition than the modern examples on either side. Below: The 24th Tour de France saw all riders using identical  bikes. An example of the bright yellow 1930s race bike had two unusual features, a derailleur system (so I’m reliably told by Mr Hope) that means you have back pedal to change gear and an oil dripper for the chain – a modification designed with the dusty pre-war roads in mind. Tour de France oil dripperBelow: Pop art coloured woollen jerseys and some interesting conservation and display techniques.
pop colours jersey designBoth the old and the new of the cycling world were well represented with bikes from 1903 up until 2010.
cycling jersey old and new Bianchi blueWall mounted bikes and jerseys:
wall mounted bicycles Expo Cycles Bédoin VentouxVivid racing stripes and white handle bar tape:
yellow, black and white striped cycling jersey Raleigh The museums library complete with a copy of Mr Hope’s book, Mountain Biking published by Haynes.
BiblothequeMountain Biking by HaynesFor me, the most visually interesting things about the museum were the sets of displays – cuttings pinned to the wall, mini plastic Tour de France cyclists, water bottles and food bags, black and white vintage postcards alongside their hyper coloured 1980s descendants.
Cycling wall of fame Mini Tour de France figuresWater bottles and grab bags Vintage postcards vintage postcards boxes Expo Cycles Bédoin Ventoux, 39 Rue du Marché aux Raisins: The museum is open from 8am – 12pm / 1.30pm – 5.30pm everyday except Monday, it’s free for under 12s and 3€ for everyone else.

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