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Mystery French road bike

Old 02-21-15, 01:58 PM
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Mystery French road bike

Just picked this up today, lugged steel frame 64cm cottered crank. Its been repainted and I think stickers added, has some interesting lugs at the joints and on the chrome forks. no serial number that I can see, the crank says NERVAR, and from a database it seems like 60s-70s, so I'm guessing this is like a 60s motobecane or Peugeot maybe? and help would be great
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Old 02-21-15, 03:32 PM
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Update, found a serial # on the rear fork, CO147
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Old 02-21-15, 03:51 PM
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Looks to be a lot like a couple of Juenet 620's I have owned same fork and lugs similar serial number and location. It has been stripped and hand repainted it looks like they may have also hand thinned the lugs. Since the original paint is gone and it has fairly generic French lugs dropouts and chrome fork it will be nearly imposible to positively I'd.
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Old 02-22-15, 03:28 PM
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what zukahn1 said. +1

somewhat reminiscent of a couple Jaubert bicycles i have seen.
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Old 02-22-15, 04:25 PM
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This frame looks exactly like the one one my Vita Sprint. The brand was the house brand imported by Caroline Imports of Perrysville OH. They were made by St. Etienne Manufance. Manufrance was a large manufacturing concern that also made Firearms. They were a classic "Bike Boom" French import; Simplex DR's, Mafac/CLB brakes; Pivo "death stem", and Rigida "Cheese grater" rims, etc. The frame tubing isn't identified on mine, but it is probably "gas plpe" quality. That being said, the brazing and construction is pretty good.
The BB treading is probably French, but the Fork may be aftermarket. There isn't a lot of info on the brand out there, but there is a BF member who was one of the original partners in the venture. See: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...lue-125-a.html (See reply #6 ).
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I found this catalogue page;
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The chromed fork and head lugs suggest your frame may be a "Baron" model.
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advisory:

some manufrance products used swiss threaded shells. if fixed cup is a black oxide finish octagon it is likely swiss dimension.

the plate style chianstay bridge combined with the curved brake bridge are similar to a recently posted green manufrance hirondelle bicycle here at the forum. that example was lugless.

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thanks for the help guys, after much searching ive confirmed its a stripped down Jeunet Franche compte 620 from the early seventies. switched some parts from my busted shogun onto it an have been riding it and loving it.

now i just need to figure out what to do with it, i hope the rear chrome forks werent messed up when the previous owner painted it poorly. might do a tiffany blue with half chrome front and rear forks and either polish the lugs or paint them white. and maybe change this noisy crank
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