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    Sam Benoto Cazenave

    What a cool bike forum. I have decided to resurrect my old high school bike. It is a yellow Sam Benoto Cazenave (1972?) that needs a front fork and a front derailler. Does anyone know where to find original parts or a frame for this bike? I have scoured the web and except for one expensive one on ebay I can't find any information on this. I'd like to know what happened to the company, how many bikes did they make. Is this a quality bike or a cheapie? Can I get parts for it?

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    A quick search says that (despite the Spanish-sounding name) it's likely a bike-boom French job, and quality may be sort of low:
    http://search.bikelist.org/?SearchString=%20Cazenave

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    But...photos would help!

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    I think that I know the a bit of the history of this one. Not sure if the bike was French or Italian. There was a chain of independent bike shop in CT under the name of 'Euro-Bike' in the early 70's. A bike dealer in the Hartford area set these up in CT. They imported these bikes and sold them as a house brand bike thru their stores, which I think all closed by about 1980 or so. This was a bike boom era bike that came and went really quickly. If I remember correctly, one of their features was CLB alloy center pull brakes with racing brake levers and safety levers that looked like they were carved out of solid aluminum.

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    Yep,french,bike boom,low quality,but still kinda cool.
    Here is a pic of a mixte model I found on the curb.
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    It is definatley french, it says made in france oin the side. It has simplex gears which as I understand is typical of french bikes. Thanks for all the info. I would still like to find front forks for it as I crashed into our garage at full speed when I was a kid and bent them pretty bad. I also need a fron derailler, somewhere during years of storage it broke. Too bad it is a cheapie, I kind of like it, it does have sentimental value I guess.

    If anyone has parts le me know and thanks for all the info.

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