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Old 08-19-15, 12:18 PM
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French or French - you decide

So, as an addition to your fleet, if it came down to a PX10 or a hand built B. Carré, what would you go for?
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The B. Carré. PX10s are cool, but they're also a dime a dozen.
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I agree-and Mr. Carre' is slowly becoming more recognized with prices starting climb on the better French bikes as well, although there are many obscure but well made marques going for very reasonable prices, which is great for buyers. In fact it is not uncommon for someone to purchase a frame for a song and later find details that show it was built by B.Carre, his own high end frames are as good as any out there. 'Not sure how long it will last though.

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I'd go for the Carré myself, if only 'cos it fits.
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...awaiting a signal from our favourite aircraft carrier...
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The Carré if I had to choose. Me, I'd be tempted to make a offer on both ...
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hand built English-
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B. Carre for me, PX 10, i just don't see the allure, good bike, but great? to some for sure, and I have seen stellar examples, but for the most part they don;t do it for me.
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Carre. You can always pick up a PX-10 later if you choose, but how often do you see a B. Carre in your size for sale?
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Originally Posted by juvela
...awaiting a signal from our favourite aircraft carrier...
It's a trick question.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict
hand built English-
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I'll have whatever Crank_addict is having...golden !
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Originally Posted by icepick_trotsky
The B. Carré. PX10s are cool, but they're also a dime a dozen.
+1, exactly!
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Originally Posted by CV-6
It's a trick question.
gosh, does this mean that the bernard is a rampant lion in disguise...and the rampant lion is a bernard in disguise?!?!
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At 200€, you better grab it fast.
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Why is this question even being posed? Carre!
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I am going to take the contrarian view here and say the PX10. Yes they are a dime a dozen -- in white. You don't see too many in red.

If we are talking about a handbuilt Frenchie, it better have 650B wheels and hammered fenders (mudguards)
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Ok thats fairly one sided. @CV-6 whats the ride like on your Carré? Is it fully vintage?
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Old 08-19-15, 03:49 PM
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Ok thats fairly one sided. @CV-6 whats the ride like on your Carré? Is it fully vintage?
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Why not a Prestige Peugeot PY 10 which would have been built while Carre ran that shop? Best of both?

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B. Carre built most of the top end Lejeune frames. While you can find B. Carre frames in various price levels they were hand built in a smaller shop vs. most PX-10s which were production models.

My 1972 Carre built Lejeune Champion du Monde.




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Originally Posted by MiloFrance
Ok thats fairly one sided. @CV-6 whats the ride like on your Carré? Is it fully vintage?
I own two of which only one is built at the moment. It is a later Vitus frame and is among the lightest of my bikes. Photo below. I would call it a lively but civilzed ride. It has taken me on my longest ride in the last few years. I have four Lejeune road frames that are likely Carré built. I enjoy the ride every time. They soak up the road and can get up and go when the old man feels like cranking it up. I don't have much in the way of descents but what I have finds them very calm but quick going down hill. Some of that has to do with the tubulars, but they are good on clinchers also.

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Why not a Prestige Peugeot PY 10 which would have been built while Carre ran that shop? Best of both?
I was not aware of that but it does not surprise me. He built for a lot of the peloton throughout the years.

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@CV-6, That's a lovely bike and a cool Mavic group to boot. It's hard to tell with the glare off the chromed stays, but are the seat stay caps scalloped and wrapped around the lug? Interesting angles at the front. Looks to have a very laid back head tube angle with a shallow raked fork. And what are those cool black & polished HF hubs?
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