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Old 04-22-18, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by 1speed4me View Post
Interesting bike, made any more progress with it?

I just now joined this site after this thread popped up on a google search for "French 650b". I'm currently building/acquiring parts for a bike that I would like to use old 36h 650b hoops on. Are these hoops in good condition, and if so would you sell them? Or maybe you have another pair that you would consider letting go?

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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post
Start a new thread on your bike!
By that, I assume Aubergine means that it will be more interesting for you and for the rest of us if we can follow the progress of your bike. Not that you should get the heck out of here.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
By that, I assume Aubergine means that it will be more interesting for you and for the rest of us if we can follow the progress of your bike. Not that you should get the heck out of here.
Yes, indeed. I did not even imagine my post could be read the other way.
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Old 04-23-18, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by 1speed4me View Post
Interesting bike, made any more progress with it?

I just now joined this site after this thread popped up on a google search for "French 650b". I'm currently building/acquiring parts for a bike that I would like to use old 36h 650b hoops on. Are these hoops in good condition, and if so would you sell them? Or maybe you have another pair that you would consider letting go?

Apologies for posting this here, being a new member doesn't allow me to PM just yet.
Welcome, @1speed4me! And thank you.

Although I'll now have to come clean and admit to a total lack of progress with this bike since January.

I parked it because I needed to figure out the best way to deal with the sideways-bent fork, and subsequently got side-tracked by other "stuff".

WRT 650B hoops: I'm hanging on to the few rusty pairs that I have for the time being, as they all belong to old rusty French bikes I own. I have been on the lookout for old aluminum-rimmed 650B wheel sets for a while, but no luck so far.
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Old 04-23-18, 09:16 PM
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Sounds like you kids need a French 650B fix, so here's a pic or three of our old Helium. Sadly, it's long gone due to severe lack of space.
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I don't know if you already IDed this frame, but it looks similar to a frame I have which another forum member IDed as a Jeunet.
Those CLB levers appeared to be sought after, per Ebay.
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Originally Posted by vintagerando View Post
I don't know if you already IDed this frame, but it looks similar to a frame I have which another forum member IDed as a Jeunet.
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No, not yet. Any pics of your Jeunet we could have a look at?
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
By that, I assume Aubergine means that it will be more interesting for you and for the rest of us if we can follow the progress of your bike. Not that you should get the heck out of here.
No worries, I didn't take it that way.

I'd love to start a thread but working full time and going to school full time leaves me little time to spare to start a thread worthy of this forum. I feel guilty for spending time posting this!

I will say that it is a 1940 Schwinn DX that I am doing up in a fairly traditional mid 70's klunker way, except for the subtle 650b conversion. Building a set of wheels is the next step in the project, so I'm on the lookout for some old 36h 650b hoops to lace to my hubs.
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@1speed4me, my impression is that 650b was rare in this country, so old rims will be very rare. And now popularity is increasing rapidly, making old rims even harder to find and more valuable. I think buying new is almost the only option.
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"Old" 650B in this country would almost certainly be steel, while new ones are most likely aluminum. It's the finding of the old that would be the problem. Anything not on a bike would probably be harder to find than a complete 650B bike, and stripping one for its wheels would be a shame.
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Originally Posted by 1speed4me View Post
No worries, I didn't take it that way.

I'd love to start a thread but working full time and going to school full time leaves me little time to spare to start a thread worthy of this forum. I feel guilty for spending time posting this!

I will say that it is a 1940 Schwinn DX that I am doing up in a fairly traditional mid 70's klunker way, except for the subtle 650b conversion. Building a set of wheels is the next step in the project, so I'm on the lookout for some old 36h 650b hoops to lace to my hubs.
If you can't find any 'old 36h 650b hoops' then I would recommend the Pacenti 'Brevet' 650b rim. I just built a front and a rear 32h wheel and found the rims to work well for me - stout without being unnecessarily heavy. They are a polished silver 'box' style with a slight dome so they look rather old-school. I bought them direct from Pacenti for $99 each and $6 for their rim strips.

They offer a 28, 32, and 36h version of this rim.

https://pacenticycledesign.com/colle...vet-rim-650b-1
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I understand the rarity of such wheels on this side of the Atlantic (that's why I asked here, it seems like if they are to be found they will be found here), but for me it is an important and necessary part of the build. I considered Velocity Cliffhanger's (look similar-ish to S-2's at a glance) for a while but for the way I plan on finishing the bike new alloy rims just won't fit the bill.

Which brands used 650b's?

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A good friend of mine in Belgium found a pair for me on French ebay, so they will be with me shortly

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