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Old 05-29-11, 09:30 AM   #1
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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

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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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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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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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What's that?
Sorry i was lost in translation!
Potence means stem
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Cool bike.

Does theSimplex FD have an aluminum or plastic knob?
It has an aluminium one.
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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?
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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Correct me if I am wrong, but you are in Paris. It is this evening.
Very true lol
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Old 05-29-11, 11:27 AM   #12
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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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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!

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Nice. First generation.
Thanks for the info!
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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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