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Old 07-08-14, 12:02 PM   #1
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Anyone know anything about Royalty cycles? Prewar French or Belgian racing bike.

I just bought this from a friend this morning who Is a balloon tire enthusiast. I don't know a lot about these early 20th century bikes but am eager to learn. Painted on the down tube in beautiful hand done lettering is J. Demuysere. I googled the name and it turns out that Joseph Demuysere stood on the podium in the '29 and '31 Le Tours. The cloisonné head badge reads Cycles Royalty construction garantie. Any help or info is appreciated. The wheels are lobdel wood rims with a double fixed made in England rear hub and the front hub has a star stamped on it. The adjustable hub is marked made in England. The saddle with the interesting repair is Oscar Egg.

Here is the link to my Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/908974...7645168856689/

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Old 07-08-14, 12:15 PM   #2
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Another cool C&V bike! What is this forum coming to? Real C&V bikes?
Congrats on a nice find! Like the lugs, oil ports, etc. I suspect the bars are mounted high as most pictures show the bar below the stem.
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Old 07-08-14, 12:20 PM   #3
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Oxidized Gold! Nice find
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Nice! Let's get the specialists in. Paging @Munny and @CMAW! Nice Belgian bike to be seen here!

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Great looking bike and very, very well preserved. Lots of Belgian champions started building or selling bikes after their cycling career. ^^^^ I'm just Belgian, non-fixie, not a specialist!
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Non-fixie, if we decide to change our names to non-specialist, there will be many competitors.

It seems to be prewar and I'd check marks of derailleur clamp in order to understand if this is a race bike in winter dress, bare mudguards or not.


If you search for the racer name, you'll see 2 places. Wervik and Antwerpen which are not next to each others.
Wervik is nearly in France.
Try to contact this guy Portfolio-site van Willy Calis
He made an art piece out of the racer and might know more about his history

Other than that, the fork head is similar to the one on my "black Betty", a prewar black Belgian bike that was not a race bike. But they have nothing to do together
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Thanks for your prompt replies, guys. You're too modest. You probably know our saying about being one-eyed in the land of the blind.

Anyway, there are a DEMUYSERE, Jef and a DEMUYZERE, Jef. Apparently two different riders, of whom the latter started a bike shop with Arthur Vanderstuyft?
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Thanks for your prompt replies, guys. You're too modest. You probably know our saying about being one-eyed in the land of the blind.

Anyway, there are a DEMUYSERE, Jef and a DEMUYZERE, Jef. Apparently two different riders, of whom the latter started a bike shop with Arthur Vanderstuyft?
Thanks for the info. This looks like Demuyzere. I do appreciate the help. I realize the stem is mounted upside down. I'm wondering if you guys think this stem and bar correct or original for this bike? If not any idea what would be? Thanks again.
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That's pretty sweet looking! Can't wait for the after pics.
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Thanks for the info. This looks like Demuyzere. I do appreciate the help. I realize the stem is mounted upside down. I'm wondering if you guys think this stem and bar correct or original for this bike? If not any idea what would be? Thanks again.
I love that stem/bar combo; personally I'd keep the bike the way it is. If I read @Munny 's post correctly, he says the frame may not have been intended as a pure-bred racer. If the thingy on the left fork blade is what I think it is (a mount for a tax plate) this bike was (also) meant to be used on public roads. What that says about the original build, I don't know. AFIK this could be it.

You might try to date the components. Hubs often have date codes on them, saddles as well. If not, the other markings on parts can often help to identify at least the period during which they were produced. If you post close-up pictures of the marked parts here, you might get some answers.

With regard to whether this is a racing bike, there are more BF members with prewar bikes, such as @iab. Perhaps they can shed some light on the choice of parts and the geometry of the frame.

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Demuysere - Demuyzere ...

Different spelling for the same name. Quite common in Belgium to germanize the names to look more flemish.
It's sometimes funny for me to hear how you speak in Holland with some french words that would be totaly forbiden in flanders. The Belgian king Leopold II said about Belgians "little country, little mind".

On the frame, under the name, in little "Wer(vik) vélos"
See also here Jozef, Jeff, DEMUYSERE, Champion de Belgique 1932. 2 scans. Demuyzere. Edition Sportkaarten Frank, Nels - Delcampe.net

Look on both sides of the postcard
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Thanks for clearing that up, Munny. Great picture, BTW. Love the bell!

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This is great information, thanks very much!
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