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Old 11-09-19, 05:02 PM
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notez les freins...

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For sale in San Francisco Bay Area -

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/bik...989786715.html

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...I bough this, and here is what it looks like now. Thanks for the information.










Because it was originally sold to someone in San Francisco, it had some custom freewheel on it with a 32 (maybe bigger, I forget now) cog and a Huret Ecopar rear derailleur to handle the range. I don't need that range, even with a 52/45 chain wheel combination on the crank, which is beautiful and hard to find smaller rings for. The stem was way too short, and I happened to have a pretty nice French diameter one that fits a set of wider Nitto bars that are a big improvement over the originals. I also subbed out a better sized alloy seatpost for the steel one that came with it. I think everything else is the stuff that was on it as originally sold, including the bike shop sticker. I never heard of that shop, but maybe you have.

For some reason. I have two of those Campy long cage rear derailleurs, so I decided to use one to handle a 28 tooth rear cog.
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Thanks for posting.

Enjoyed reading your earlier thread on the three machines.

Would expect it has to be a 1973 model as all of our Stella road bikes in NorCal seem to be 1973's.

Am thinking it might be the model 75, if not then the model 74.

Final year for this first generation Nervar Star chainset was 1975, the changeover year to the second generation.

Have never heard of this bike shop either. During the boom there were so many who came in with too little too late thinking the boom would carry them to success. Many had to close by the 1976-77 time.

Thanks again for posting in both places. Very nice work!

The Raleigh looks like ~60cm c-t-t and this looks like about 54cm c-t-t. Are both reasonable size for you to ride? Elastic man?

Had an opportunity to ride a friend's Raleigh Pro like yours about 1971. His example was kitted with MAFAC Tigers.

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Originally Posted by juvela

The Raleigh looks like ~60cm c-t-t and this looks like about 54cm c-t-t. Are both reasonable size for you to ride? Elastic man?



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...I've always thought that people are too picky about frame sizing. With the right stem and post setup, that adjusts the saddle to bar distance to about 27", and a saddle height of about 35 3/4 or 36 inches, I'm pretty comfortable on just about anything. The Stella a is much larger frame size than you might imagine from the relatively short head tube, and the way it's set up right now in that current photo is exactly what I require in terms of measurements. I think it might have been sold as a 23" or 23 1/2" frame. 59-60 is about right for me, but I can go up to a 62, and often have gone down to a 58.

Thanks for the model year ideas. If it has a stamped serial number on the frame somewhere, I can't find it. I guess it might be on the fork inside the head tube, but I forgot to look when it was apart.
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Not mine but FB marketplace, active as at 10th Nov 19

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...3212856936028/
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Not mine but FB marketplace, active as at 10th Nov 19

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Thanks very much for sharing this find.

The yellow headlamp tells the viewer it is a domestic French machine without needing to read any of the text.

Nicer and more practical than the Stella mixte model we got in the U.S. in 1973.

This pattern of Huret shift lever launched in 1974. I assumed from it that the gear ensemble would be a Challenger but it is not. Rear mech is an Allvit.

Since it has a 6V gear block it is unlikely to be earlier than the '78-'79 time.

Not often one sees a mixte with three bridges on the laterals.

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A Stella built Louison Bobet of 1970 has just been posted over at thecabe. Thread begins with a red Mercier built Bobet from the late 1960's so scroll down to view the Stella made example.

https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/lo...t.74860/unread




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A pair of Stellas

About 10 years ago I came across a Stella SX-73 laying in the grass in front of a bike shop about an hour from my house, so I bought it with the intension of building it up with the correct parts.
Other projects came along and because this frame was actually too big for me it got pushed into the corner and started collecting dust.
So this weekend I saw another one listed on CL for $20! It is a mix of parts , two different wheel sizes, mismatched crank arms.... But it fits me much better so will put the parts from the larger one on this new one and ride it around to see how I like it.
If I like the ride I will decide wether or not to repaint it.


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Originally Posted by gpdave
About 10 years ago I came across a Stella SX-73 laying in the grass in front of a bike shop about an hour from my house, so I bought it with the intension of building it up with the correct parts.
Other projects came along and because this frame was actually too big for me it got pushed into the corner and started collecting dust.
So this weekend I saw another one listed on CL for $20! It is a mix of parts , two different wheel sizes, mismatched crank arms.... But it fits me much better so will put the parts from the larger one on this new one and ride it around to see how I like it.
If I like the ride I will decide wether or not to repaint it.


It would be interesting to know how, on the smaller bike, they got the rear derailleur to fit properly. It looks like a Shimano or Sun Tour. If I remember correctly, the SX73 came with Huret dropouts which weren't necessarily compatible with Japanese derailleurs without some modifications to the derailleur hanger. Keep that in mind when swapping parts. The Huret RD on the bigger bike should bolt right up to the smaller dropout but that may not be the case with putting the other RD on the bigger bike. The parts on the bigger bike look to be correct.
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I actually bought the larger Stella as just a frame and fork with the headset and then acquired components over time.
While I am going to move the parts over to the smaller frame I don't know whether I will build the larger one back up or not. It will get hung up on the shop wall for now.
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Hereís one for sale in Bryn Mawr, Pa at an online estate sale if anyoneís interested. $170. I have no affiliation to the sale.

https://estatesales.org/online-aucti...rance-43183975

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many of this machine's fittings are later than it is. if you have any doubt as to claimed date note the double cable chainstay stop.

1954 Stella Tour De France Model Bicycle


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Question. Have a Stella (SX-76) picked up from a garage sale. Too big for me. If it fit me , id spend the money and repair it. However is it worthwhile to repair and sell, or is it not worth spending money on it? Any advice appreciated .

Would post some pictures, but for some reason won't let me,.

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Originally Posted by BillyT
Question. Have a Stella (SX-76) picked up from a garage sale. Too big for me. If it fit me , id spend the money and repair it. However is it worthwhile to repair and sell, or is it not worth spending money on it? Any advice appreciated .

Would post some pictures, but for some reason won't let me,.

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Welcome. You need 10 posts to put pics up; not sure why but thatís the rule.
There is a valuation forum where you should probably be posting if you want a $ figure.
Itís a nice bike but value will depend on condition, your location etc.
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Didn't know that.

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Welcome. You need 10 posts to put pics up; not sure why but thatís the rule.
There is a valuation forum where you should probably be posting if you want a $ figure.
Itís a nice bike but value will depend on condition, your location etc.
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Two workarounds for photos -

a) your member page has a spot where you can create a gallery/album of your pictures

b) you can post images to a third party host and post URL here in a munged form to get past censor

The appraisals forum is located here:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...th-appraisals/

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Originally Posted by BillyT
Question. Have a Stella (SX-76) picked up from a garage sale. Too big for me. If it fit me , id spend the money and repair it. However is it worthwhile to repair and sell, or is it not worth spending money on it? Any advice appreciated .

Would post some pictures, but for some reason won't let me,.

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I love my Stella SX-76. @gugie found the bare frame in a local non-profit shop with the derailleur hanger cut off and the paint badly flaking. He fixed the hanger and dealt the frame to me. I sank a bunch of money into having it painted and putting on some NOS (not period correct) parts. Now it's my favorite bike. Was it worth it? To me, absolutely. If I tried to sell it I'd lose my shirt.

Unless you are able to do all the work yourself (including whatever paint restoration is needed) and have a cheap source for the components, restoring a bike is almost never a sound financial move. It's a satisfying process, but for that very reason you may be better off selling it as is to someone who's willing to sink money into it as a bike for themselves. Whatever you do, don't let this one go to the trash heap.
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Stella purchased in Houston, and debating what to do with it.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7l1z5r67la...9M4-bSgUa?dl=0
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Originally Posted by BillyT
Stella purchased in Houston, and debating what to do with it.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7l1z5r67la...9M4-bSgUa?dl=0
...that's the Trestubi model that is one down from the top, for whatever year that is, and remarkably well preserved.
Too big for me, though. If it's your size, ride it. Not sure if using it as a donor bike for a French frame in your size would be cost effective.

But if it is your size, I would ride it....you will doubtless enjoy it. Otherwise, find a larger person who wants one.

edit: I see it's too big for you. It shouldn't be hard to resell, but might not be easy to sell on Craigslist. You need an appreciative audience off prospective buyers. I think the SX 76's were full either Reynolds or Columbus frames. And the one's I've seen had Campy cranks and derailleurs.

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Too big for me as well. If it was my size id happily spend some time fixing it up and ride it. Was sitting in someones garage for at least twenty years.
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Never heard of the stella Trestubi model before? Any idea where i can find more information ?. looking at a Stella Spec sheet it seems to have some of the Sx-76 components, and have seen similar bikes branded as Arctic CAT

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Originally Posted by BillyT
Never heard of the stella Trestubi model before? Any idea where i can find more information ?.
Stella '72 specs

...three main tubes butted Columbus/Reynolds bikes were put out by many of the larger manufacturers. They were a good product that could be sold a little more cheaply.
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found this giving the details of the Stella machine propelled by Louison Bobet in the Tdf of 1953 -




https://www.flying-scot.com/other_ma...a/bobet53.html

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Stella bikes are such beautiful bikes.
i just missed out on one on ebay
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