1971 Presto

Price: €499

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About this bike

In 1924 B.H.J. Stroober founded a bicycle storage, called the "silver bike hotel". You could park you're bike there and also repairs were carried out. In the 30's the bicycle storage transforms in a bike shop called "rijwielmagazijn Presto". During the mid-sixties, Evert Stroober, son and successor of Mr. B.H.J. Stroober, takes over the store.

During this period the production of custom made frames to the wishes of the customer starts. Some of the best and well know Dutch artisan frame builders have worked at Presto. Such as: Jan le Grand, Joop de Boer, Peter Serier and Bertus Slesker.

Bertus Slesker, the man behind the famous locomotive racing bikes got an offer from Gazelle to set up the racing division of Gazelle in Dieren. He accepted the offer, but traveling back and forth to Dieren was harder the he anticipated . He decided to  work closer to home and became one of the famous frame builders at presto.  

Jan le Grand, joined Presto in the 60's,  when he stopped cycling.  Mid 70s Peter Post asked him to become chief engineer for his TI-Raleigh cycling team.  Around 1980 Jan le Grand stopped building and subsequently the brand disappeared for a period of seven years. Luckily Loek Valk relaunched the brand in 1987 together with frame builder Jan van Dalen. 

Presto supplied bikes to many famous cyclists. To name a few:  Cees Stam, Klaas Balk, John Doe, Gerard Koel and Eddy Merckx. Until the nineties steel frames sold under the name Presto. The later Presto steel frames were built in Italy by Andrea Pesenti. Anno 2014, the Presto firm still exists. The shop is still located in the Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam

In my opinion Presto is one of the best brands money could buy during the 80's. Even the famous T.I. Raleigh frames were build by in the Presto work shop by Jan le Grand. The particular example I'm selling here is very likely made by Bertus Slesker in 1971. Dating these early Presto's is hard, but they all have an unique serial number and the remarkable thing is that these early Presto's share a lot of characteristics with the early Champion Mondials that were also build by, the man himself, Bertus Slesker.  The framenumber of this Presto is 2647108s, which would indicate 1971 as the production year.

I've bought it from the first owner, Arie Kamsteeg. He told met that he bought the bike when he was 18 years old. One and a half years he saved up money. He went every week to mister Strober and brought money to pay for his first beloved Presto. One and a half year later he picked up the bike and went to his first race in Amsterdam, and there, subsequently, the bike was stolen. So again he started to save money and after a year he bought this blue presto that I've bought from him 

I've tried to keep the bike original as possible and therefore haven't changed much about it. The frame itself is made out of reynolds 531C tubes. It has a lot of patina but in my opinion a bike of this age doesn't need to look new. It was raced and all the marks from the first user are still there. The brakes are the famous weinmann Vainqeur 610's. The  headset is from Stronglight. Furthermore is the bike equiped with a Campagnolo crank, seatpost and wheelset. The rest of the drivetrain consists out of a triplex rear mech and  huret shifters and front derailleur.  A true masterpiece for a everybody who wants to own a piece of Dutch cycling history..



  • Seat Tube CC:

    58,5 cm

  • Top Tube CC:

    57,5 cm

  • Standover height:

    81 cm

  • Headtube:

    17 cm



Parts list

  • Rear derailleur

    Triplex Sport

  • Front derailleur

    Huret 700

  • Gear Shifters


  • Crankset

    Campagnolo 1049 Strada, (Nuovo) Record

  • Bottom Bracket

    campagnolo 1046/a, Record  

  • Brake levers


  • Brake calipers

    Weinmann 610 Vainqeur 999

  • Handlebar

    Cinelli Giro D'Italia

  • Stem

    Cinelli 1R (1/Record, early version)

  • Head-set

    Stronglight P3

  • Seat-post

    Campagnolo record

  • Saddle


  • Hubs

    Campagnolo 1035, Record Strada

  • Rims

    Mavic Record du Monde de l'Heure

  • Freewheel


  • Pedals

  • Chain


  • Tubes

    (T)ufo Jet