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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?

    Cheers











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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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    Quote Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by prettyshady View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by David Newton View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveyates View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by David Newton View Post
    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...
    +1

    Even the brief glimpse we saw of riding there is pretty darn cool!
    - Auchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveyates View Post
    A photo from the ride today.

    I had envisioned you as being older. Who was pedaling?
    - Auchen

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    nice find. You need some weight on that front rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by David Newton View Post
    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...
    Ok will do!

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