1977 Presto

In 1924 B.H.J. Stroober founded a bicycle storage, called the "silver bike hotel". 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. 

In my opinion Presto is one of the best brands money could buy during the 70's and 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 showing here is probably also made by the  the master himself in 1977. It has all the typical characteristics of a le Grand build presto, like the square brake bridge and xxx mark in the chainstays and bottombracket shell.

I've bought the bike from the chairman of the Amsterdam based cycling club Arc-Ulysses. One of the members found the bike in his home and donated it to the club. At first they wanted to use the bike as a trainingbike for the junior riders. Luckily they decided otherwise and so it came in my possession. 



Parts list


  • Rear derailleur

    Campagnolo Nuovo record 

  • Front derailleur

    Campagnolo Nuovo Record

  • Gear Shifters

    Campagnolo Nuovo Record 

  • Crankset

    Campagnolo Nuovo Record

  • Bottom Bracket

    Campagnolo  Record

  • Brake levers

    Campagnolo Nuovo Record

  • Brake calipers

    Campagnolo Nuovo Record

  • Handlebar

    3TT Competitizione 

  • Stem

    3TT record 


  • Head-set

    Campagnolo Nuovo Record

  • Seat-post

    Campagnolo Nuovo Record

  • Saddle


  • Hubs

    Campagnolo 1034, Record

  • Rims

    Mavic GP4

  • Freewheel


  • Pedals

    Campagnolo Super record

  • Chain

    Regina Oro

  • Tires