Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
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I'll be happy to post photos, both pre- and post-restoration, but it's going to be a while. Actually, the bike is sitting up in the rafters of my parents' garage in northern Minnesota right now, and is not much to look at. No, I take that back-- even in its present state, I think the mid-70's Grand Jubile was one of the most beautiful and elegant bicycles ever made. Pure French baroque, makes many top-end racers look pretty ordinary. I was totally in love with mine, and when I see it, it still give me a tingle like no other bike. I have just begun the restoration, which is to say I am locating and buying replacement parts on Ebay and on-line bike shops. I'm going to pick up the frame next summer, bring it home, and repaint it. The original paint and decals are actually in pretty good shape for the most part, but there are some big scrapes, and the left chainstay is kind of banged up from being stolen from the high school bike rack (where of course it stood out like a Ferrari), then recovered. But it tracks straight and has no rust at all. I got a set of decals from Cyclo Mondo, and will use automotive paint and a spraygun. It's a complicated paint job, but I'm repainting my Olmo first, for practice. I also build plastic scale models, so I'm a fairly competent painter.
The parts on the bike right now are a motley mishmash of replacements, the only original parts are the headset, bottom bracket, Stronglight 49 cranks, Normandy Sport hubs, and the Maillard 700 pedals I put on soon after I bought it. I plan to set up the bike as a sport tourer, similar to the original configuration. I'm getting mid- to high-end 70's vintage French parts, in good used condition. So far I have found Mafac brakes, TA/Sugino chainrings (almost impossible to find Stronglight 49's), a rear Huret Jubilee derailleur (the drilled cage model, I don't know if it will fit the Huret dropout but I got a good deal on it), and Sugino Swiss BB cups. I am looking for more parts, I want to have some spares as well as different wheel and gearing options. I'd really appreciate any ideas of where to find the following:
Huret Jubilee shifters and front derailleur (maybe the rear one too). Damn, these things are expensive!
Stronglight 49 outer chainrings.
TA 50 or 52 outer chainring.
Normany Competition or Maillard 700 hubs.
Ideale 80/90 saddle.
French bars and 100-110mm stem.
Lyotard Berthet platform pedals.
It should be really nice when it's done. It'll be a rider so it doesn't have to be perfect, and I want to keep costs as low as I can. This has already been a very fun project. Since I live in Mexico it's hard to find information and parts locally, so I'm hoping to make some connections on the bike forum. I'd love to see photos of your GJ if you want to post them.