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    Le beau est aussi utile que l'utile - The French Bike Thread

    Is anyone interested in posting pics of your French bikes? I think it would make a neat thread. I think the only rules need to be that the frame at least was manufactured in France of by a French company.

    My only French bike is one I've already posted, but since it's the only one I have and we need to start somewhere I'll post it again to get us started.

    It's a mid 80's Columbus tubed Gitane I've been having some fun with.



    please post your French bikes for us all to covet.
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    I've posted this before, too. But, like you, this Herse is my lone French bike.

    Big hitter, the Lama.

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    If I had a Herse such as yours I'd stop buying French bikes too. N'est Plus Ultra, non?

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    Who cares, just ride it!
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    I'm yet to find a classic French bike (anybody have any leads on a 64-65cm frame?), but here's my girlfriend's custom single speed 1972ish Peugeot PX-10:

    N-1 is my long-term goal

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    Here,s my UO8,I dunno why but I just luv this bike ![IMG][/IMG]

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    The twins:





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    I completely forgot, I do have another French bike , ha!
    a big UO-8 that I'm still trying to figure out what to do with:

    I prefer emails to private messages - holiday76@gmail.com
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    74 Motobecane Grand Record:



    76 Motobecane Super Mirage - Homemade 3 Speed City bike


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    Early 1970s St. Etienne, converted to 650B and powdercoated gloss black:



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    I love my French girls... I named them Edith (after Piaf) and Bridgette (after Bardot).


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    1979 Motobecane Team Champion

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    1988 Gitane Team Pro.

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    My wife's UO18.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek View Post
    If I had a Herse such as yours I'd stop buying French bikes too. N'est Plus Ultra, non?

    marty
    Nec plus ultra ?

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    That's "Ne Plus Ultra" -- nothing better.

    J'ai troix bécanes Françaises (projets):
    60 cm Motobécane Team Champion 1984 (in the shop having a dropout fixed)

    I have now gotten hubs, rims, brakes, seatpost, saddle for it, need 44 cm Giro d'Italia bars and a 1R stem in the 90 mm range; and tubulars.

    And two nearly identical (lugs excepted) 63 cm 1970s Jeunet Franche-Comte frames (Reynolds 531 DB), one frame + fork alone, and the other a complete bike with the TA Pro 5 vis cranks and Mafac brakes, but also parts that don't seem original, like Suntour derailers and stem shifters. One bike has plain lugs, and the other more fancy, perhaps Nervex. I don't actually have the "fancy" complete bike at home, still with my brother in Seattle.




    One of these is destined to resume its useful life with me as a singlespeed; and I'll probably sell the frame I don't build up. So far have hubs, rims, stem, Idéale 80 saddle, lacking a quality seatpost.
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    Someday, I'm thinking I may take away the original Shimano 600 setup
    and refit this ~ 1980 Bertin with French components. Still, the ornate Arabesque
    flourishes are somehow fitting.

    I bought this in an impulsive reaction to not being able to find just the right
    Grand Record. Anybody for a trade?

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    My '80 Motobecane Super Touring.
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    The last two bikes on my list are a 50's Lenton Grand Prix and a '64 Raleigh Record.

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    Here's my herd.,,,,BD

    78/79 PX something. Probably 10?



    1985 Peugeot PGN-10. Full pearl white 105 group with dual pivot brakes. Pretty light for a
    501 framed bike. Must be the 105, hehe



    77 or 78 Motobecane Grand Touring. After trying 3 or more VGT luxe derailleurs, I finally broke down today and installed a long cage Deore(silver) All shifting problems ceased immediately.



    75 or 76 Motobecane Grand Record. Going to be a total redo. Have 98% of the NR stuff ready, and working a local deal for a suitable fork. Just need top tube clamps, and I'm about to send a Paypal payment. With new paint, decals and clear. Should be a real looker.


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    Good luck on those Campy cable clamps, they are hard to come by.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    Here's my herd.,,,,BD

    78/79 PX something. Probably 10?



    1985 Peugeot PGN-10. Full pearl white 105 group with dual pivot brakes. Pretty light for a
    501 framed bike. Must be the 105, hehe



    77 or 78 Motobecane Grand Touring. After trying 3 or more VGT luxe derailleurs, I finally broke down today and installed a long cage Deore(silver) All shifting problems ceased immediately.



    75 or 76 Motobecane Grand Record. Going to be a total redo. Have 98% of the NR stuff ready, and working a local deal for a suitable fork. Just need top tube clamps, and I'm about to send a Paypal payment. With new paint, decals and clear. Should be a real looker.


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    ~1983 Motobecane Super Mirage. Spent a little too much money bringing it back to life as a commuter, but learning a lot and the project was mostly fun. The ride is super smooth, but the Michelin City tires don't roll well, notably slower than other 80s steel I've ridden.



    Will probably stay this way into next year, but I'm getting a hankering for a singlespeed, and this is the best candidate in my fleet at the moment.

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    72 PX-10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogester View Post
    72 PX-10
    Bogester, I can only hope that last winters PX-10 trash find looks as good as yours when I'm done. It's going to need alot of TLC but then again there's a lot of snowy weekends coming up. Here's what she looked like the day I found her:



    Scott

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    Here's mine. I have two Peugeot's showing up today courtesy of my dad - a 1984 PSV-10 (my first racing bike and one I still covet) and and 1970's model that I'll have to research but I think it's UO-8. Free is good.

    1984 Gitane Tour De France (red) and 1984 Gitane Sprint (blue)
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    okay, I'm officially going to stop trying to revive my high school french.
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    Thanks to those who took the time to post pics of their bikes. I never tire of looking at French bikes, although I have to say, there really wasn't much left on French road bikes that was characteristically French by the 1980's.

    For the record, that's "nec plus ultra", which is actually not French but rather a Latin expression used in French.

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