Hello from France
I'm originally from California. I've been here for 17 yrs. Loved my biking days in San Diego. Did a couple of coast rides (Eureka to Santa Barbara or San Diego), a few Tecate-Ensenada races, way too many weekend SD-to-LB round trips, and, oh yea, the famous Markleyville Death Ride. That was a real souvenir. Starting to think about re-entering the bike world with a SS FW road setup. Want to keep it simple. Really nice to read about all the changes going on. Glad to see that Phil Wood still exists. Great stuff. Good times to all.
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I enjoy riding a fixed gear for the simplicity and I think you are on the right track with the SS.
Do you miss the US enough to want to return one day or are you content over there?
If you want to come back to the U.S., perhaps we can work out a trade . I used to live in Paris, and have spent alot of time over there. One of these days I'll figure out how to get to France for good (it may involve going back to graduate school yet again, because my American higher education did not get me very far job-wise, helas).
I used to enjoy watching club rides go through the Bois de Vincennes.
You're just the type of person I've wanted to ask this question. What brand of bike does the average(?) person in France use to do everyday chores? I'm sure they don't use LOOK or Time. Are single speeds popular? 3,5,7 or ? speed rigs. Any and all infor would be appreciated. Thx, Thom.
My mother-in-law rides around town and in the park on a decent, newer 3-speed that she bought about 5 years ago. I think it's a Gitane, but I'm not sure. It's a mixte frame, pink, platform pedals. She can get going pretty fast in the park. If you are interested in French bikes, Sheldon Brown has a comprehensive website devoted to French bikes and cycling. They have links to French bike companies so you can see for yourself what is being sold.
Oh, I did not mention that my mother-in-law is French and lives just outside of Paris.
I get stateside about once a year. That's just enough time for a good burrito fix. I really miss San Diego Mexican food.
Don't really know what people here are riding. When I was a club member (road bikes) there were French and Italian brands. MTB are US or French. It all depends on the hard "coriness" (is that a word?) of the rider. I think the best way to gauge prefs is to pay attention to the Tour de France race teams. After the race the winners bikes are on the road. I don't think there are a lot of independent frame builders here. Not a lot of money for entrepreneurs.