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Old 01-09-12, 09:51 AM   #1
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Part deux! I've just returned from an old French barn!

Well here is the second bike i bought.

As far as i can tell it is roughly 1950's
The rear coaster brake hub is a torpedo.
The front hub is a " Helios "
It frame sticker with "Type Special" written on it.
Another sticker with just "Fa" written at the start , the rest is not visible.
A bell which looks original with a four leaf clover design on it.
Pump pegs on the rear of down tube.
Lightrace headset.
It is quite large for a porteur bike and is 58cm x 57cm.

Any ideas on which marque this could be?

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I've noticed 56 on the Torpedo hub and so that makes it a 1956 model.
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Nice! A real 650B porteur.
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Nice! A real 650B porteur.
Thanks!

There is quite a bit of surface rust but everything is solid.
I'm just going to give it a clean , adjust and wax.
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This is the bike I've been waiting for Davey, thanks loads for showing it!
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Love the chain guard!
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Thanks guys.

I was given three porteur racks with it and a rear rack and a NOS pair of canvas randonneur bags.
I'll add some more photos when i have cleaned it a bit!
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Nice! once again jealous you found a bike in a decent size
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I forget what the little curved brace on the off-side is for?
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Nice! once again jealous you found a bike in a decent size
Yes a bonus! It's quite common here for smaller sizes isn't it!
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I forget what the little curved brace on the off-side is for?
I think it strengthens the frame in that area for the coaster brake.
I suspect you get extra stress in that area when using the brake.
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My porteur hits the road again after 20 or 30 years in a barn!

The only work i've done is fit the porteur rack , fit the original brake and a 1950's aluminium brake lever and a little tune up and grease.
The white tyres are a replacement that i fitted before the photo. The original ones were completely rotted.

I have to say it is a wonderful ride and these old porteurs are so comfortable to ride around a city.

I took a little video today of it as i absolutely love the original dynamo lighting system , especially the front lamp!

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That front lamp looks to be a Luxor. Nice find!
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That front lamp looks to be a Luxor. Nice find!
Thanks , i wasn't sure if it is a radios or not. The dynamo is a radios one.
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Hey Davey, make a video riding on the streets in Paris, and not just the top of your fender!
Some of us are stuck in Texas...
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C'est fabuleux, vous avez la bonne vie!
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Very nice. I really enjoy looking at these bikes. Someone was excited to get it when brand new and all these years later people are excited to see it again.
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Thanks , i wasn't sure if it is a radios or not. The dynamo is a radios one.
Oh? Then the light is probably a Radios then as well. I just glanced at it and made a guess. Nothing wrong with a Radios.
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A photo from the ride today.

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Some of us are stuck in Texas...
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Even the brief glimpse we saw of riding there is pretty darn cool!
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A photo from the ride today.

I had envisioned you as being older. Who was pedaling?
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nice find. You need some weight on that front rack.
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I had envisioned you as being older. Who was pedaling?
That's just my comfy seat for when i'm resting
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Ok will do!
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