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Old 05-03-18, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
Seeing all these other lovely Stellas is really inspiring me to get thing going with my build. I realized (duh!) that I could get this thing on the road quicker by borrowing wheels from another bike, so I slapped together a build with the parts I had on hand and rode this beauty to work this morning.



I wanted to make sure I like the way it rides before investing in new paint and decals. Mission accomplished!

I've been talking to Jeffrey Bock about paint. Now I just need to get some orange pedals.
Looks good! White tape and saddle is definitely the way to go. Lose the red pedals.

I like the idea of keeping most everything clamped on. Except bottle bosses. Those are always ugly. It's the one thing I did on my Eroica Gran(d) Sport(s). No one called me out on it fwiw.
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That ivory head tube blends well also. Don
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Two of the frame features I always liked about mine, and it looks like yours has them too, are the wrap over seat stays and the long fork crown tangs. I agree that bottle bosses may be the only desirable addition to the frame to keep it in context, appearance-wise. If you plan to add the seat tube panel take that into account where the seat tube bosses will go.
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Originally Posted by 73StellaSX76
Two of the frame features I always liked about mine, and it looks like yours has them too, are the wrap over seat stays and the long fork crown tangs.
Yeah, those are really cool. I also like the fishmouth stay ends -- very French!

Originally Posted by 73StellaSX76
I agree that bottle bosses may be the only desirable addition to the frame to keep it in context, appearance-wise.
I had to rotate the chainstay cable stop out a bit to keep the cable away from the chain in the lowest gear, but I love the Huret Jubilee cable guide. Not only does it add a nice bit of chrome contrast to the orange paint, it's also just a really interesting design. Maybe moving the cable stop back a bit would also fix the problem. At least with a clamp-on stop I have options like that.
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Originally Posted by gugie
Looks good! White tape and saddle is definitely the way to go. Lose the red pedals.
I'm on the fence now about the white hoods. I already bought them, but the black hoods look better than I expected.

The red pedals were the only ones I had that weren't on a bike. Obviously the correct solution is to buy another red bike and then get different pedals for this one. Crank Brothers did make orange ones, but plain silver might be better. And I can't imagine what I was thinking when I bought the tubes that are on these wheels. If those valve stems were any longer they'd be in danger of bumping the hubs.
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Your choices are things you might have done over the years had you always owned the bike. I have a few vintage wheels with those aero wheel stems just because it was all I had when I needed a new tube. Not aesthetically pleasing but they ride just fine. Don
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Stella in art

And then there is this painting by Paul Ordner, I'm a fan of his work. More found here: Paul Ordner - 40 ans de dessin sportif: 1951-1954
Some kind of paced racing they used to do.
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question for owners -

does your frame exhibit a no-slide pibb on the downtube?

if present, is it on the topside or on the underside?

if present, what is its shape?

thank you.

odd question may assist in solving a mystery...

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None on mine & have never seen one on any series 70 frame. Don
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Thanks so much for your response Don! Much appreciated.

Made good use of your posting ot the BICYCLING! magazine review of the SX73 model in this current forum thread -

https://m.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=1147764

It is looking like member sloar shall be joining the forum's Stella family.

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No boss on mine, either.

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No boss on mine. But 2% chance there was one that was taken off 40 years ago during braze-ons and repaint that I forgot about.
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Thanks so much for the responses gents!

This bike was posted to the "are you looking for one of these?" thread by Don last month.

Do not have enough knowledge of seventy series machines to know if it be a model 74 or a model 75. Listed as a 1971.

https://m.bikeforums.net/attachment.p...1&d=1529190190

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1971 or so mid level. Given to me by a friend who owned it since 1976. I put alloy handle bars and wheels with original H.F. hubs


I cleaned it as it was sitting for a long time ,everything works great a little small for me but it came with a really long seat post! Joe
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I have been without a fixed gear for a while, and this SX-73 seemed like a good candidate. She’s a smooth rider, although the skinny bars are an acquired taste. Jury is still out on those, Frenchy-chic as they are.
(Edit) btw you might be able to make out on the full photo that mine does have the shift lever stop under the downtube as referenced earlier.


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Your bike looks like it's floating above the paved walk.
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Fun '50s Stella catalog on ebay at the moment for those interested.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/catalogue-S...kAAOSw4uhcf~OG
a little steep for me, though
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Got this one for $25. I'm debating whether to upgrade it thouroughly or minimally.
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discussion thread on above machine located here -

Stella french bike.

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After a few upgrades, or how to turn a $25 bike into $150 investment.😆

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Got this one for $25. I'm debating whether to upgrade it thouroughly or minimally.
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I can't believe I haven't put my updated Stella on here since it was finished. I rode this bike today out in the Columbia River Gorge. While it's not the bike I ride most often, I think this is my favorite bike at the moment.



The picture above was taken before I installed the headbadge @rhm made for me, so here's a separate shot of that.

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Interesting!
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