Gazelle Primeur Special

Gazelle Primeur Special

William van Beek just completed the restoration of his Gazelle Primeur Special, and it’s a superb example from the Dutch builder. It doesn’t take much to bring them back to a state of grace, as their simplicity is one of their endearing features.

Starting out with a ‘full-dresser’, as it were, William stripped it of all accessories, including rack and skirt guards. A fresh coat of powder reinvigorated the surface, and provided a clean canvas against which to install a suite of Brooks leather – a B232 Team Pro saddle and Plump Leather Grips. A new drivetrain was installed, after an extended debate on whether to convert it to a belt drive or not… the chain won. The traditional dynamo light was re-instated, the hub planted inside the front of a new pair of rims. After the niggles that are part and parcel of bicycle restoration, the result is a true classic guaranteed to bring many more years of pleasurable transportation.

You can trace William’s progress on his blog, idealist vs realist. Thanks to Bas for the photography.

Gazelle Primeur Special
Gazelle Primeur Special
Gazelle Primeur Special
Gazelle Primeur Special
Gazelle Primeur Special
Gazelle Primeur Special
Gazelle Primeur Special