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Old 08-14-09, 01:38 PM   #1
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The only thing worse than French bikes

is their Rock & Roll. (I say that with love)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fir6neas6I8
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Naaahhh, it's their cars. Renault Le Car, anyone?
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My favorite is the Citroen 2cv-6.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRt4ob7kSqg

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My favorite is the Citroen 2cv-6.
The 2cv's looks at least have certain quirky charm - sort of like an old VW bug with tuberculosis.

There was absolutely nothing to like about Le Car. It was poorly designed, badly engineered, as reliable as the brother-in-law that owes you money, and uncomfortable if you were taller than a hamster. But then, it made up for it by being uglier that the prom date your Mom fixed you up with. ("He/she has a wonderful personality, and his/her parents are big in the linoleum business . . . ." )

I think Le Car was the inspiration behind the Yugo.
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Nope.

The only thing worse is a French tandem bike. I have a' 78 Gitane Tandem. TA Tandem cranks on french threaded tandem BB's. Drum and canti rear brakes with a strupid Mafac double cable lever whihc is scienticially impossible to adjust properly. Huret derailuers with 7-feet of cable pull. A french threaded free wheel which may never come off. French headset, stem. The kids keep riding it into the lake and I home someday it actually stays there.

The only thing whihc could POSSIBLY be worse is if it were a French tandem recumbant.
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Nope.

The only thing worse is a French tandem bike. I have a' 78 Gitane Tandem. TA Tandem cranks on french threaded tandem BB's. Drum and canti rear brakes with a strupid Mafac double cable lever whihc is scienticially impossible to adjust properly. Huret derailuers with 7-feet of cable pull.
A french threaded free wheel which may never come off. French headset, stem. The kids keep riding it into the lake and I home someday it actually stays there.

The only thing whihc could POSSIBLY be worse is if it were a French tandem recumbant
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These two facts could possibly be related.





Just sayin'.
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I wouldn't exactly call that rock and roll. But I would love one of those old Peugeot jerseys.
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The only thing worse than French bikes is the French.

But they are still better than the Dutch.
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Oh, come on! That video is terribly cute and quite infectious, too. N'est-ce pas?

We rented a Citroen C5 in the summer of 2005. It was absolutely lovely.
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The 2cv's looks at least have certain quirky charm - sort of like an old VW bug with tuberculosis.

I think Le Car was the inspiration behind the Yugo.
Nope. The Yugo was based on a obsolete and discontinued Fiat. The Yugo factory bought the obsolete, and probably worn out, production equipment and body dies from Fiat to build it. Of course everyone knows what FIAT stands for, "Fix It Again Tony" With their Chrysler deal Fiat may be reentering the U.S. market shortly.

IMO the Le Car was no worse than the Renault Dauphine. I remember when they were being sold in the U.S. in competition with the VW bug, until word got out that the engine was good for about 10,000 miles max before it needed a rebuild. Common to see them in the S.F. bay area for a few years before they all ended up in the junk yards.
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is their Rock & Roll. (I say that with love)

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Naaahhh, it's their cars. Renault Le Car, anyone?
Funny you should mention that....

I call it: If Lee Harvey Oswald had been a bicyclist.....
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french tandem in a french car.
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There's no room for a passenger in there, with the tandem in there.
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I quite liked my French car (with Renault engine), I owned this one for 12 years. It was a more enjoyable car than any American car that I have ever owned, by a long margin too. To make it even more enjoyable, the price at which I sold it was sufficient to pay back my purchase price, plus all the running costs (including insurance and registration) over the complete time of ownership, so it ended up being a "free" car.
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RT, that looks like a life boat on a dinghy
That video inspired the repaint of my PX10, it's now black and no checkers. Vélo Noir
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I sure could live without ever seeing (and hearing!!!) this 'Alex Marco' -life-form, but girls in Peugeot-jersey's how could you possibly hate the french??
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Don't forget one of the worst French engines of all time, the dreaded PRV (Peugeot Renault Volvo) V6, that could cause a Volvo to depreciate to almost nothing overnight. This is the same engine used in DeLoreans. They had a nasty habit of erasing camshaft lobes and turning the rest of the engine into a heap of scrap metal.
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I quite liked the old Citroen 2CV. To lift the window, there was no crank, just a slider on the window.
(BTW, which country was responsible for the Chevette.... now that was a car!)

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The only thing worse that French (Classic) bikes is thier goofy Swiss threaded bottom brackets!!

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the 2cv's looks at least have certain quirky charm - sort of like an old vw bug with hideous cancerous tumors.
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I can remember back (mid-80's) when I was really determined to own a Le Car. Found one in the used lot at the local Toyota dealer (an '81) in nice shape, and the price was right. Took it out for a test drive with the salesman in the passenger seat. Five miles from the dealership it caught fire.

Only time I've ever had a car salesman shut up. Completely.

And no, I've never owned a Le Car. I figure that was God telling me I didn't want one. Still fascinated with them, though.
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Well, at the least the French give Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent the respect they deserve.
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the current peugeot 308 is a pretty hot car......


70mpg diesel anyone?
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