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    My best french find so far! and it's blue!

    Out of all the bikes i have found so far this has to be the best one!
    1950's randonneur
    Simplex triple cranks
    Simplex suicide lever
    Simplex rear derailleur
    Philippe potence
    Alu Randonneur bars
    Made in dijon
    Lam alu brake levers
    Petit jean alu fenders
    650b wheels

    and lots of rust!

    Here is a sneak preview



    I'll post detailed shots this evening

    Thanks

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    looks nice, I can't wait to see more details of those brake levers.
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    Cool bike.

    Does theSimplex FD have an aluminum or plastic knob?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveyates View Post
    I'll post detailed shots this evening
    Correct me if I am wrong, but you are in Paris. It is this evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveyates View Post
    Philippe potence
    What's that?

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    Whats at the top of the triangle, seat tube side? Is that part of the bike, or is that something attached to your wall?

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    Great looking bike. I await more photos....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    What's that?
    Sorry i was lost in translation!
    Potence means stem

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    Quote Originally Posted by iab View Post
    Cool bike.

    Does theSimplex FD have an aluminum or plastic knob?
    It has an aluminium one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
    Whats at the top of the triangle, seat tube side? Is that part of the bike, or is that something attached to your wall?
    It is the attachment for the brake cable but it is in the wrong position!
    The bike has no rear brake cable fitted at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iab View Post
    Correct me if I am wrong, but you are in Paris. It is this evening.
    Very true lol

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    I'm a bit busy at the moment and i'll upload photos later but for now i have some on flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/5662183...7626709137849/

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    I can't see anything about that bike that I don't totally love. Well, I guess I could live without the rust... but everything else is great. I love that style of headlight and taillight and the fenders and... I'll stop. I could go on, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveyates View Post
    It has an aluminium one.
    Nice. First generation.

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    very cool!

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    SO jealous. Dang, that's nice. And I'm sure you paid like ten Euro for it.
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    Very cool! Good for you!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by iab View Post
    Nice. First generation.
    Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
    SO jealous. Dang, that's nice. And I'm sure you paid like ten Euro for it.
    Thanks and it was a bit more then 10 euros.
    I paid 75 euros and delivery was free!!

    It was crazy really because i bought it "buy it now" on Ebay from a guy in Dijon which is about 200 miles away from Paris.
    I phoned him up and he said he would put it on a train in the internal bike rack for me.
    And i just had to meet the train and take the bike!
    So free postage!
    The guy just told me to send a check when i had the bike.
    Nice seller and very trusting!

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    lovely bike. it should clean up well. I'm very jelous of you.
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    Thanks!

    I've just been studying the bike and i think the simplex triple and front derailleur is an add on.
    If you look at the photo of the cranks it shows three small brackets for a chain guard.
    It also looks like the center bracket has been pushed slightly out of the way to make room for the front derailleur.

    What do you think?

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    Congrats Dave! Another very French and very cool find. Those lights are the nutz. What;s that strapped over the head badge, a license? I agree... Looks like the FD might be an after thought. What was there originally? Dunno, but I'm gonna be scanning my copy of The Dancing Chain tonight for clues. Great bike.

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    Oh, oh, oh! Loving that bike. Love.

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    That headlight and taillight have my heart. One more reason I'd love to live in Europe! Congrats on the find, can't wait to watch where this goes.
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