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Old 05-07-08, 12:13 PM   #1
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Velo Le Chemineau Project

Just recently acquired another Le Chemineau. It's a little newer than my other one. Thought you might like some "before" pictures, but I didn't think of it until I had already started taking it apart. Oh, well, here are some pics. This bike was purchased new in 1955. I went to high school with it's former owner.

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nice color frame. cool handlebars
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That Hozan truing stand is hot. Cast Iron Baby!
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You need a vintage truing stand to work on vintage wheels, right? BTW, these are Mavic tubulars.
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I like it.
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Wow nice collection of bottles and cages! SAWEET! That stuff is worth some dough, I'll say.
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You need a vintage truing stand to work on vintage wheels, right? BTW, these are Mavic tubulars.
You can still purchase that Hozan new. I just can't afford it.
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Stronglight Competition crankset?

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You can still purchase that Hozan new. I just can't afford it.
I bought this used (very) in the 80's from a shop that was going out of business. I don't remember what it cost, but it was cheap. I couldn't afford a new one, either.
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It says "Boehm Depose" on it. It is the original headset.
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Wow nice collection of bottles and cages! SAWEET! That stuff is worth some dough, I'll say.
They came with the bike when I got it. I don't know whether to use the T/A or the Coloral set. Maybe the T/A since it is French, and the Coloral is English.
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Anyone know where to get brake hoods for the Gloria brakes? I have one, need four. Here's side view.
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Old 06-09-08, 06:12 PM   #13
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I finished cleaning up the Chemineau just in time for it to go to the Cirque in Virginia this past weekend. A friend of mine took it there for me as I couldn't make it. Here are some pictures posted by one of the guys who were there.

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ok, that's nice
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Super cool! I love that old French stuff!

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Is that indexed shifting!?
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Is that indexed shifting!?

Yes!! Correct me if I'm wrong but Chemineau made the first index shifters in 1910 or so?

Fantastic bike!!!! Love it a lot!!!
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That is one cool looking ride. I'm lovin that front derailleur shift mechanism. How does it work for you?
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Wotan - You are correct, the main difference between the Chemineau derailleur and the French Cyclo was the indexing. The Cyclo, which dates back to the same era, used a continuous loop cable and moved the derailleur by means of a screw mechanism. The Chemineau has two springs, the door spring for chain tension, and an internal one to change the gears.

Stringbreaker - The front changer is actually quite common. It's an early Simplex model, and works very well with double chainrings, even if there is a large size difference.
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