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Old 02-02-17, 05:52 AM
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Can anybody help me identify the make or age of this bike?
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Old 02-02-17, 06:52 AM
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Update

A colleague has informed me it is a Peugeot Cyrus.
(The letter CY and US have been torn out from the head badge).
He thinks it is circa 1930.
Not bad for £150!
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Old 02-02-17, 06:58 AM
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I think it is a Norman/Rambler.
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Old 02-02-17, 09:25 AM
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It's definitely Cyrus. These have been seen both with and without reference to Peugeot on the headbadge. This may indicate that it was an independent brand that Peugeot later acquired. We have a couple of people who spend a fair amount of time on the French forums, researching French brands, so hopefully they can supply additional information.
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Old 02-02-17, 09:29 AM
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Cool head badge. Anyone know what rear changer that is? I would expect to see some rod mechanism from that era.
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Old 02-02-17, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Cool head badge. Anyone know what rear changer that is? I would expect to see some rod mechanism from that era.
I was trying to figure that out too. It looks similar to the Simplex touring models but there is no visible bell crank. It also looks very similar to Rota, another French derailleur manufacturer.
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Old 02-02-17, 11:48 AM
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Update 2

Thank you for the information.
I have found a 1932 Peugeot catalogue that lists a Cyrus '3 vitesses' Grand Touriste so this may very well be it.
I have also found what I think is a later model from 1936 with a different gear mechanism.
See website for oldspokeshome in for more details.

The question now is to restore or not restore?
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Old 02-02-17, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Biullsykesdog View Post
Thank you for the information.
I have found a 1932 Peugeot catalogue that lists a Cyrus '3 vitesses' Grand Touriste so this may very well be it.
I have also found what I think is a later model from 1936 with a different gear mechanism.
See website for oldspokeshome in for more details.

The question now is to restore or not restore?
Why not? The odds are that you will never find another one.
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Thanks to Juvela who drew my attention on this subject ;-)

Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
It's definitely Cyrus. These have been seen both with and without reference to Peugeot on the headbadge. This may indicate that it was an independent brand that Peugeot later acquired. We have a couple of people who spend a fair amount of time on the French forums, researching French brands, so hopefully they can supply additional information.
@T-Mar, well spoted.

Cyrus was the entry-level make from Peugeot in the late 20's until the 40's.

From the mid-30's, the headbadge mentioned Peugeot plus Cyrus.

The serial number on the rear left dropout might give a clue for datation.

More details in french here: Forum Tonton Vélo - Cyrus, fabrication Peugeot
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Wonderful News

I do not understand French but having followed the link I can see the badge on my bike is from the earliest Cyrus model - 1928? Very excited. Will ask my better educated friend to translate text and report back. Seriously considering a professional restoration now.
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What does it have; a 4-cog freewheel, or a 3-cog?
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Old 02-03-17, 09:21 AM
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I am collecting the bike tomorrow (Saturday).
It looks to have three cogs at the back.
Seller says it is roadworthy.
A Peugeot catalogue from 1932 (see link to French forum) refers to a Cyrus '3 vitesse' GT so it seems about right.
Trying to identify what it may have looked like when it left the factory with regards to colour.
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