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Old 08-03-15, 02:54 AM
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Helyett?

Any one have one? Very little info on Classiclightweights or Classic Rendezvous
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Seems to be quite a bit of info in the CR archives.

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Old 08-03-15, 05:58 AM
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Excellent, Thank you iab.

If this is 1960s and has a bit of provenance, I could be tempted...

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They were a relatively high-profile manufacturer back in their day. Have seen plenty of racers in their kit in older photos.
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For only 250 euro, why not?
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Helyett was taken over by Gitane somewhere in the 60ies. Gitane kept offering Helyett-branded bikes during most of the 70ies, these were regular Gitanes with Helyett stickers, often with the Gitane-logo engraved in the fork crown. The red one in the pic could be a Nation in disguise, with a handbuilt all-Reynolds db frame (from around 1978). Rides like a French dream!
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Were they still bolting on pump brackets that late?
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People still do it today!



from the 1978 catalogue
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Helyett closed in 1962. The name is interesting. It is taken from the lead character of a late 19th century play, Miss Helyett. That is why the head emblem shows a young woman's face who is wearing a bonnet. The play is about a young English woman but was written and performed in France.

Had one come through. It was a darkish grey-green coulour with black lugs and Simplex ends. Head emblem was foil type affixed with adhesive. Sponsored a pro team in the day.
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Surprised no one has mentioned the most well known rider of Helyett. Jacques Anquetil.

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Hilary Stone has a Helyett Special 56 cm frame from the 1950's for sale - price is 195 pounds and it is original paint in good condition. Only issue of sorts is that the derailleur hanger was cut off for some reason but barring having a piece re brazed at least one can still attach a derailleur with a bolt on hanger.


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"Let The Adventure Begin"

must be a uk export model with lighting fittings on right side.

interesting to see that headplate is affixed with fasteners, the one i had was done with adhesive.

photo link a bit cumbrous as it takes one to the beginning of the photobucket account which commences with garlatti, thence on to peschi, thence on to...

the young lady on the head emblem is actress Biana Duhamel who starred in the original production of the "Miss Helyett" operetta ca. 1891.

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That headbadge doesn't really do justice to the looks of Mlle. Duhamel...
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one thing that would be interesting to learn is how the title character of an operetta came to be used as a cycle marque. the operetta was also made into a feature film in 1933:

Miss Helyett (1933) - IMDb
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Bernard Carre built Helyett Piste, from the link provided by iab:

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And if you read post 25 from Iab's original link, you will find that Bernard Carré built the top end bikes used by Anquetil while riding for Helyett. I consider any post by Norris Lockley on the CR list as a must read for French cycle history and lore.
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Looks pretty good. Post Gitane takeover, but I don't know enough about them. Maybe a bit more research and a sleep on it.
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And if you read post 25 from Iab's original link, you will find that Bernard Carré built the top end bikes used by Anquetil while riding for Helyett. I consider any post by Norris Lockley on the CR list as a must read for French cycle history and lore.
Norris identifies lady's face on head emblem as that of Marianne, the French national symbol. Some readers may recall that actress Catherine Deneuve served as Marianne for a number of years.

Seems odd to put Marianne's face on the head emblem if cycle named for the operetta. One can wonder where lyeth the truth...
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Norris identifies lady's face on head emblem as that of Marianne, the French national symbol. Some readers may recall that actress Catherine Deneuve served as Marianne for a number of years.

Seems odd to put Marianne's face on the head emblem if cycle named for the operetta. One can wonder where lyeth the truth...
Norris has been mistaken before.....
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He states that company maintained two factories, divesting of one in 1962 and continuing to operate the other until 1966. If correct, this would presumably be the date of the acquisition of the name by the gypsy girl from Nantes. States that first factory was employed to manufacture Griffon cycles following its sale.

Says that the aluminum sheet head emblem affixed with adhesive was the final type.

Had previously read elsewhere that 1962 was the date of the company's closing.
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Surprised no one has mentioned the most well known rider of Helyett. Jacques Anquetil.
Beat me to it. BTW, that's a great shot of Maitre Jacques' distinctive toes-down pedaling style.
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Beat me to it. BTW, that's a great shot of Maitre Jacques' distinctive toes-down pedaling style.
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love that foto.

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wish i had a set of those verot 57's he is pedalling...
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Same photo cropped differently...

The quality of this photo is IMO outstanding. Vibrant colors, perfectly focused on the subject matter.

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Thanks very much Lynn!

doth the LERO name on his boutaille d'eau refer to the nutritional products company or something else?

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Originally Posted by MiloFrance View Post
Were they still bolting on pump brackets that late?
I too think the red bike imaged is from the later 70's, the basic ensemble of components and the short horizontal dropouts.
The pump bracket is pretty minor. Most were using frame fit then true, but the French brands did not make as many sizes as say Silca did.
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