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    Dolce far niente bigbossman's Avatar
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    Sometimes, you get lucky......but what was it?

    Well - not really a big deal, but more than I expected.

    Last week, a fellow BF'er called me to let me know an interesting bike popped up on CL close to my home. In the ad was a fuzzy cell phone pic of a black bike with a chrome fork, no description, and a price of $40. You could see that the crank appeared to be good quality and there were DT shifters present, but that was it.

    I called the number, and an obviously younger fellow answered. I asked if the bike were still available, and he told me the "bidding" was at $60. I laughed out loud, told him to try eBay, and hung up. About an hour later, he called back and asked if I still wanted the bike. I told him I wasn't going to bid, and he quickly added that the original price of $40 would be ok. Normally I would have blown him off, but this time curiosity got the better of me. And, he was only 3 miles away - what did I have to lose?

    To make a long story short, I met him, saw the bike, and bought it. It was a rattle-can job, and had a number of faults. Both shifters were inoperable, the front brake was missing, and the bars were bent. But, it had a Suntour Cyclone drive train that seemed intact, a set of Mavic MA40 700c wheels, Huret cable guides, and decent Shimano aero levers.

    He had told me that he thought it was a Bridgestone bike, but I had my suspicions. Today I got around to inspecting it, and started stripping it down for parts. Turns out, it is a French bike of some sort.

    Here's what I know:
    French BB - Sugino Mighty 35xP1. Spindle is marked "SUGINO MW-68"
    Huret cable guides
    Fork says "NERVOR" on the steerer tube
    Seatpost size is 25.4
    Rear droupouts are spaced at 120mm
    No headbadge evident
    No braze-ons of any kind
    Semi-wraparound seat stays
    Stamped rear dropouts
    Used to be a candy apple green color, and the fork was painted with chrome tips

    So, what was it? I'm thinking low-end Gitane, but the decent Suntour group stumps me - it just doen't look right on this gaspipe frame.

    Anyway - the French BB was worth the price of admission, and will pay for the bike.

    A few pics:







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    sultan of schwinn EjustE's Avatar
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    Hello Moto...

    probably a Mirage
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    still stuck in the '80s; '70s were good as well, but i severely dislike tubulars.
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    Hmmm...the rear brake arch is very "Gitane", maybe Interclub level or so, but the stamped DOs don't look familiar.

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    Possibly it was originally a single or three speed with a chain guard. Note the extra bolt hole in the dropout. I recently tossed a chain guard equipped Huffy back in the dump with a similar dropout.

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    Where'd the fork go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
    Possibly it was originally a single or three speed with a chain guard. Note the extra bolt hole in the dropout. I recently tossed a chain guard equipped Huffy back in the dump with a similar dropout.
    That extra hole was put there by the little genius that used to own it. He drilled a hole to affix the RD claw hanger, instead of using the little nut that slides into the dropout (the little nut was still on the screw, too). Nope - it was definitely a 10-speed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mos6502 View Post
    Where'd the fork go?
    I took the fork off. Never know when a chrome fork will come in handy, even a crappy French one. The frame is headed for the scrap yard.
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    Is there any stamps on the lugs near the front?

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    Dolce far niente bigbossman's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by that_guy_zach View Post
    Is there any stamps on the lugs near the front?
    Yeah - top of top head tube lug has "BCM". Bocama, I suspect.......
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    Stella!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    So, what was it? I'm thinking low-end Gitane, but the decent Suntour group stumps me - it just doen't look right on this gaspipe frame.
    I recently picked up a chromed Fuji frame with a nearly full Suntour Superbe Pro group on it (including the headset!). My speculation is that the frame had been crashed and then the Superbe group hung on it after. Why? I have no idea. But I got a Superbe Pro group!

    Anyway, nice catch. The wheelset alone is worth the $40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinityeye View Post
    Stella!
    Now, it's garbage.
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    Just wondering my 73 Interclub and my buddies Motobecane ( I think thats what it is ) had them.

    I betting Gitane.

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    Whatever it was, I handed it over to the metal crusher at the dump. Good riddance - one more french boat anchor off the road.
    "Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

    S. J. Perelman

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    Does this mean that no Schwinn Paramounts can visit your garage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    That extra hole was put there by the little genius that used to own it. He drilled a hole to affix the RD claw hanger, instead of using the little nut that slides into the dropout (the little nut was still on the screw, too).
    Too funny.. I just fixed a bike last night that had the RD attached to the threaded fender eyelet in the same manner. I can only imagine the shifting performance under that setup!

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