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Finally Got My 1st Complete French Bike (Follis 572).

Old 09-28-16, 05:12 PM
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Finally Got My 1st Complete French Bike (Follis 572).

This bike was purchased (essentially complete) by my brother a number of years ago from a NY collector who had purchased an nos Follis frame and decided to build it up with quality French components. I am pretty sure the frame is a Follis 572 due to the reinforced brake bridge, reinforcement tangs on the forks, holes in the BB shell and no fender eyelets. Of course the complete Follis 572 was all Campagnolo NR however as stated earlier this was purchased originally as just a frame set. I worked many years to get this bike off my brother and a recent trade resulted in me getting my first French bike. Despite being a nearly complete bike there was a fair bit to do as well as check what had already been done. Frame is 56cm x 56cm with Campy drop outs and Stronglight Competition headset, Follis stem and bars, Cambio Rino 26.8 seatpost, Ideale 90 saddle, Huret Jubilee front derailleur, Simplex SLJ 5500 rear derailleur, Simplex retrofriction shifters, Stronglight 93 crank, TA pedals with Christophe toe clips, Mafac Racer (not marked racer) marked Dural Forge brake set, Simplex cable clips, Wippermann chain. All parts are either nos or very nearly new. Wheelset is a rider set with Campy Tipo laced to Sun clincher rims. Freewheel is Atom. I still need to tweak some things before it is ready to ride. I am happy. :-)

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Old 09-28-16, 05:15 PM
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Sweet. Nice job. All you need is a beret and a pack of Gauloises.
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Very pretty! Show us some more pics of this!
26.8 for a metric 531 seat tube? Was it reamed out a little?
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Man, gorgeous build. Maybe the drillium on the crankset is a bit too far though, it looks like it's going to fall apart it's been drilled so much.
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
Very pretty! Show us some more pics of this!
26.8 for a metric 531 seat tube? Was it reamed out a little?
No it has not been reamed out. High end French bikes did have 26.8 - I just looked at Sheldon Brown's site and he lists René Herse and Stella with 26.8 seatpost size. My frame does have a French 531 decal however the fork decal is the English version.
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Originally Posted by willydstyle View Post
Man, gorgeous build. Maybe the drillium on the crankset is a bit too far though, it looks like it's going to fall apart it's been drilled so much.
Yes I thought the same - we will see how long the chain ring lasts :-)
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T.A. pedales no less!

Sacre Bleu!
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Schweeeet!! I like the Huret Jubilee front derailleur. Nice build!
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I don't think it gets much nicer than this. Perfect. Congrats!
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Gorgeous, very nice

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Well that's pretty! More pics? Enjoy.
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Well that's pretty! More pics? Enjoy.
Yes more pics please. Brake bridge and bottom bracket shell?

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Yes more pics please. Brake bridge and bottom bracket shell?

-D
Thanks for all the nice words! Yes I will get better photos of the bike's details when I can, watch this space.
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That is very pretty. I especially like the unusual color and eclectic parts mix.

If this were mine, I'd need a longer stem. But then there's now way I could bring myself to remove that gorgeous Follis stem.

Those are Tipo hubs? I thought Tipo hubs were only with the round cutouts, or were there other versions too? Possible those are Record hubs with Tipo skewers?
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I've said it once, and I'll say it again.

Damn.
I mean damn!
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What a beauty. That appears to be one of those colors that looks great in pictures and even better in person.
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Beautiful.
Yes, more pics please.
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
That is very pretty. I especially like the unusual color and eclectic parts mix.

If this were mine, I'd need a longer stem. But then there's now way I could bring myself to remove that gorgeous Follis stem.

Those are Tipo hubs? I thought Tipo hubs were only with the round cutouts, or were there other versions too? Possible those are Record hubs with Tipo skewers?
Yes I think it was the early Tipo hubs which had the same cut out as the Record - later had round holes. The main way to tell the difference is that the Tipo's do not have the oiler hole.
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Originally Posted by Pogliaghi View Post
No it has not been reamed out. High end French bikes did have 26.8 - I just looked at Sheldon Brown's site and he lists René Herse and Stella with 26.8 seatpost size. My frame does have a French 531 decal however the fork decal is the English version.
Beautiful bike and it's really nicely built.

I have a Follis 172 with 531 DB main tubes and it has a 26.8 seatpost as well.
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Wallhanger!!!
If that's your thing.


checked your bike list, another Wallhanger, if that's a thing.
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I once found a discarded, too-large 072, and am a bit jealous of your rare beauty.
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Originally Posted by Pogliaghi View Post
I am happy. :-)
You've made me happy too. What's not to like about that bike? The colors, the drillium, the flutes, the parts selection ... This is as good as it gets. Thanks for sharing it.
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Got to take some quick photos this morning, sorry not great but will take better photos once the frame is all polished and waxed. Fork blade reinforcement. Brake bridge reinforcement. Holes in BB shell. TA pedals. Simplex SLJ 5500. I pulled the white plug for an adjustment which turned out not to be necessary. Fortunately I did not damage the plug - they are notoriously difficult to remove!
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Can we see the shifters, please?
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