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Old 05-29-15, 02:47 PM
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Jeunet Garage Find

So, I found this vintage Jeunet in a garage and the guy that owned it sold it to me for a $50. Not a high end model, but totally complete. I did nothing to it, and took it for a spin. Cables are a little sticky, and the brake pads are dry, so those might get replaced. That's about it.

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Pretty cool. Love the color.
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The price is right! Perfectly utilitarian bike.
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appears she may be wearing New Star hubs.
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Nice paint. Unless you happen to have a nice pair of alloy wheels just sitting around, I'd leave it original except tires, brake pads and cables (as needed). Those Simplex derailleurs will work just fine until they break. Lower the front one a bit if you want to make the front shifting a little slicker, just don't overtighten the clamp or ... "snap"!
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A real find. A great old bike.
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cool score, really nice color. lugged and sexy
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Thanks. I agree. Thought it was pretty cool when I saw it. The guy said he bought it in 1972 from a shop not far from here. Shop sticker is still on it.

My wife thinks it's too big for me. I can (barely) clear the top tube when I stand over it.
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Originally Posted by Jay.Money View Post
Thanks. I agree. Thought it was pretty cool when I saw it. The guy said he bought it in 1972 from a shop not far from here. Shop sticker is still on it.

My wife thinks it's too big for me. I can (barely) clear the top tube when I stand over it.
So tip it to the side when you stand over it. You won't be the first.
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Nice find. One day I'll run across a French bike in my size.

Post up your bike shop decal in our long running thread here. http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...tickers-6.html
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Bikes are made for riding, not standing over. That looks like quite a nice one.
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Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
Bikes are made for riding, not standing over.
Ditto. I never quite understood the obsession with stand over height.
The bike may be too big for you. We can't tell.
But if you like it you can always adjust saddle height, stem reach, etc.

Heck. Those black MAFAC half hoods are worth nearly half what you paid for the whole bike, on a good day and if they're in good shape.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Nice find. One day I'll run across a French bike in my size.

Post up your bike shop decal in our long running thread here. http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...tickers-6.html
Done! Not a very exciting sticker though....
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
appears she may be wearing New Star hubs.
I rubbed off some of the gunk on the hub and they are in fact New Star hubs. Is that a good thing?

Also found a stamp on the wheels and quick release thingies on the hubs. Wheels say "Samir Saminox made in France" and the twisty things say "Sova". Sorry for the phone pics.

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Originally Posted by Jay.Money View Post
I rubbed off some of the gunk on the hub and they are in fact New Star hubs. Is that a good thing?

Also found a stamp on the wheels and quick release thingies on the hubs. Wheels say "Samir Saminox made in France" and the twisty things say "Sova". Sorry for the phone pics.

all three names are standard french fare for this epoch. not particularly desirable or sought after. honest workmanlike bits. New Star hubs were manufactured by Etablissements Perrin, makers of Pelissier brand products. they were also offered in a hollow axle version.

when it comes to french steel wired-on rims have found the SAMIR SAMINOX to have cleaner welds and a more useful serration pattern on their braking surface than the somewhat more commonly seen Rigida models. have also found them to be a bit easier to true; just my experience.

one thing related to the bicycle's hubs you may wish to check is the drive side flange of the rear hub. these hubs are swaged together of five pieces. sometimes the drive side flange can work loose under pedaling loads, especially in the case of a large/heavy rider. happily it is not a safety issue as there is no where for things to go. if the flange works loose the gear block can be seen to wander about in an ogival manner when in freewheel mode.

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all three names are standard french fare for this epoch. not particularly desirable or sought after. honest workmanlike bits. New Star hubs were manufactured by Etablissements Perrin, makers of Pelissier brand products. they were also offered in a hollow axle version.

when it comes to french steel wired-on rims have found the SAMIR SAMINOX to have cleaner welds and a more useful serration pattern on their braking surface than the somewhat more commonly seen Rigida models. have also found them to be a bit easier to true; just my experience.

one thing related to the bicycle's hubs you may wish to check is the drive side flange of the rear hub. these hubs are swaged together of five pieces. sometimes the drive side flange can work loose under pedaling loads, especially in the case of a large/heavy rider. happily it is not a safety issue as there is no where for things to go. if the flange works loose the gear block can be seen to wander about in an ogival manner when in freewheel mode.
I didn't know one could get a PhD in bike parts.
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