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BARN FIND! CALIENTE JEUNET w/EARLY MIXTE FRAME & UNUSUAL DERAILLEUR

Old 02-19-15, 06:20 AM
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BARN FIND! CALIENTE JEUNET w/EARLY MIXTE FRAME & UNUSUAL DERAILLEUR

Hi all,
Met a guy who came to my yard sale & after seeing all the bikes I had told me he had 2 that have been sitting on a 2nd floor storage area in a warehouse he had for over 30 years - and did I want to buy them for $25 each? I said yes without seeing them (anything that is old & dusty I like!).

One was a 10 speed road bike/english racer style with no name anywhere that I can find. I will post as soon as I get some of the dust & dirt off of it.
The 2nd was a Caliente Jeunet with what looks like one of the early mixte frames - But it was still advanced enough that they had the cables going through the frame in certain areas. The other unusual thing is the derailleur - I have never seen one like it, it appears to be a primitive, almost homemade piece! Can anyone tell me about it?

The sprocket & chain guard are also cool!

PS - I can't seem to get the last layer of dust off it! I can wipe it with a damp cloth & a beautiful red comes through, but ten it dries to the same muddy color seen in pics. Any tips on cleaning dust covered lost finds?

Thanks!













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Old 02-19-15, 09:02 AM
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Cool bike, have fun with it.
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Old 02-19-15, 09:51 AM
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Huret Jubilee derailleur. Versions of it are highly desireable and collectibale.
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Old 02-19-15, 10:05 AM
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Not a Jubilee, they were a much nicer high end very lightweight product.
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The Huret Silveto, offered in two vintage defined versions, is the most likely candidate. The Silveto, an all steel offering, was used, primarily on entry level machines, as nearly as I can tell. Not the easiest component to get working properly but nice enough eye candy.

This is the mid sixties to early seventies model and closest candidate...

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Red paint tends to oxidize more than other colors. LIGHTLY try some rubbing compound/then pastewax/just my opine. Pretty btw
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hello miamibeachcg,

thanks very much for sharing your find.

she is a fine item.

wrt her rear mech - it is a Freres Huret model Svelto, nominally introduced 1963.

here is a Huret catalogue page from 1966 showing a parts diagram:



there is some text history on this model at disraeli gears:

Huret Svelto derailleur (1st style)

wrt cleaning the oxidation on the paint finish - if you follow juls suggestion on rubbing compound make sure to go with the fine texture white material which is marked "safe for clear coat finishes." sold widely at automotive supply stores. this should bring the colour right up.

please post once again following a bit of lavandation.
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Try some ordinary automobile car wax like Turtle Wax
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From a restore and resell perspective, it will be pretty easy to get upside down in a hurry. I see rust in a lot of places. I see bad tires and cables. I see a seat and handlebar grips that look pretty weathered. Your best hope for a decent profit would be for a collector to want it as is.

Good luck with your resale.
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Subject is for sale for $150.
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