Mystery 1970s French racer - is this a Louison Bobet? Value?
A while ago I asked about a bike I had found at http://http://www.bikeforums.net/sho...-see-pictures.. I've since cleaned it up and painstakingly restored it. I still don't know what it is. I've gotten a few helpful comments on velospace: http://velospace.org/node/37963.
One of them says it looks exactly like a Louison Bobet he worked on some time ago, which sounds reasonable. Does anyone else have any suggestions? For details on all the components, etc, see the bike's velospace page. Keep in mind that some of the components may not be original. Does it have any special value, especially considering the first-generation Dura Ace cranks?
Could be...although the derailleurs, original handlebars, and cranks all date from mid 70s. It's possible that someone made a bunch of upgrades to it. The original stem was a standard 22.2 mm diameter and was really jammed into the fork tube. It's clear that it was really a French size; maybe someone shoved it in. The cranks may also not be original, since they're Dura Ace cranks on a campy spindle in TA cups.
the rear dropouts date from the early 60's. The Shimano cranks are not original. It is very risky to assume much on original parts, I bet the brakes were exchanged too, a French frame would have Mafac, and in rare instances, CLB.