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Old 06-18-05, 08:30 PM
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vainqueur bike

Am looking for information on Vainqueur bikes, esp those about 35 years old. does anyone know about them, what they might be worth, etc? thanks
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Hello; new member. See my avatar -- a robins egg Vainqueur ca. 1978-80. Supposedly the frames are great, though not known for lightness. It's a Luxembourg brand, but my bike says 'made in Portugal.'
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Old 10-20-15, 12:00 AM
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Welcome to C&V, @kilowatts! (and @ronden63) Do you have any pictures?

There were more Vainqueurs. There was a Plume (later Plum) Vainqueur from Ghent, Belgium. Those are nice. And there was also a Vainqueur from Amsterdam, made by Wim van der Kaaij of RIH Sport. Those are really nice, but were made later.

This is a Plum Vainqueur that needs a little TLC:

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Old 10-20-15, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by ronden63 View Post
Hello; new member. See my avatar -- a robins egg Vainqueur ca. 1978-80. Supposedly the frames are great, though not known for lightness. It's a Luxembourg brand, but my bike says 'made in Portugal.'
wonder if your machine was done by the same vendor who did the portugese flandria machines of the early 1970's. perhaps @non-fixie will know...

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Old 10-20-15, 01:10 PM
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This may be a record. A 10+ year old thread resurrected!
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Old 10-20-15, 03:31 PM
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We really need more and bigger pictures, but maybe this will help a bit:




Also have a look here, especially the comments. The Multicorp reference is from T-Mar, and can be found here on BF as well.

The bike in the picture above looks to have been made especially for the US market, with its cable stops for the stem shifters.
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Old 10-20-15, 03:33 PM
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This may be a record. A 10+ year old thread resurrected!
Maybe we can finally give the OP some peace of mind.
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A 10 year lurker is more unusual than a 10 year old thread being current.
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those curved crankarms look to be a good deal later than balance of machine.
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what's left of mine

My dad bought me this (used) bike back in 1971 when someone stole my Raleigh Record - I rode it into the 80s and then retired it for a Schwinn Le Tour that I built up from a frame that I found in the trash

Then about 10 years ago I pulled it out of the garage attic rafters and converted it to a single speed with all new components - man was this bike fast

It quickly became my "go to" bike for my nightly 20 mile interval ride until I rode it straight into a curb at 25+MPH and collapsed the top and down tubes of the frame - the fork, steerer tube and wheel were undamaged

One night I took a torch to it in an attempt to rebuild the frame - the steerer tube was not savable as the tubes had been pinned and brazed - I came close to straightening the tubes but not enough and was getting concerned that I might be fatiguing the metal so I stopped - I am considering trying to remove the tubes at the other ends and braze in new ones - a project for some future day

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My dad bought me this (used) bike back in 1971 when someone stole my Raleigh Record - I rode it into the 80s and then retired it for a Schwinn Le Tour that I built up from a frame that I found in the trash

Then about 10 years ago I pulled it out of the garage attic rafters and converted it to a single speed with all new components - man was this bike fast

It quickly became my "go to" bike for my nightly 20 mile interval ride until I rode it straight into a curb at 25+MPH and collapsed the top and down tubes of the frame - the fork, steerer tube and wheel were undamaged

One night I took a torch to it in an attempt to rebuild the frame - the steerer tube was not savable as the tubes had been pinned and brazed - I came close to straightening the tubes but not enough and was getting concerned that I might be fatiguing the metal so I stopped - I am considering trying to remove the tubes at the other ends and braze in new ones - a project for some future day

thanks very much for this. so, just how did the rider come out hitting a curb at twenty-five miles per hour?

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thus far we have vainqueur bicycles manufactured in portugal, belgium and germany. will this turn into a "show us your vainqueur...and let us know its country of oirigin" thread?

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The rider is I

I was clipped in - saw the curb rushing into view the last few seconds so I grabbed brakes as hard as I could

Bike slammed into the curb and came to a dead stop - being clipped in my body inertia kept my weight (190 lbs.) moving - the bike and I pivoted around the front axel and I came down head first on the concrete sidewalk like a pogo stick - then my 192 lbs. plus the weight of the bike as I was still clipped in forced my body into the cement - my neck buckled to the right (luckily no damage) allowing my left shoulder to take the brunt of the rest of the weight impact post the top of my head - my hands were so twisted in from grabbing handfuls of brake levers that the back of my hands slammer into the concrete as well (had black and blue bruises on the back of my hands for about three weeks - then my body slammed flat onto my back like the reverse of a belly flop at which point the clipless pedals released and the bike came down on my chest

I laid there for about 3 minutes without moving mentally checking everything - then I slowly started moving my hands - once I determined they had not suffered any break I worked up from there to my forearms, biceps, and shoulders. Then I wrapped both hands around my neck and thoroughly checked it out before attempting to move my head. I next did a similar procedure on my legs and torso.

I was in severe pain but nothing felt damaged or broken - I knew getting up was going to be extremely painful so I took a few deep breaths, bit the bullet, and launched my self to a standing position - the first thing I realized was that the weight of my head on my next was very painful and my left shoulder was screaming with pain.

Then I checked the bike and found that my front wheel was ok but squeezed against the downtube from what I thought was a bent fork. I later, at home, realized I had collapsed the down and top tubes.

At that point I checked that my cell was working and called my wife for a pick up. When she got there she was adamant about my going to a hospital but given I was in full winter kit I wasn't about to let doctors cut hundreds of dollars worth of clothes off my body, plus the bike was sticking out of the trunk as her car doesn't have a bike rack, or at least it didn't then, it does now.

When we got home I removed my winter kit, which was more painful then anything I had experienced so far that night. I the n strapped on a neck brace I had from a car accident years ago, which quickly quieted the pain on my from supporting the weight of my head. I got out every cold pack I had and every bag of frozen vegetables we had in the freezer, laid on the couch, and packed my neck, shoulder, and any thing else that was pained with all of that the cold stuff.

Then I tanked up on Advil and tequila.

Two days of Advil and tequila later, at my wife's insistence, I went to my orthopedist and had x-rays taken. The diagnosis was that I had not broken nor fractured anything - I have fractured bones in other bike falls so that was everyone's concern. About 2 weeks later I was no longer wearing the neck brace, using cold packs, nor consuming Advil or tequila.

Unfortunately, about two years later I was involved in an accident in a group at the start of a 112 mile ride. One of my riding buddies had to be taken away in an ambulance and still has a hematoma on his hip to this day some 5 years later from it. I did something to my hip but continued to the finish line. That accident, with a few other non bicycle and bicycle related incidents led to a neurological breakdown and permanent damage to some of the nerves in my lower spinal cord leaving me with a right leg whose muscle mass no longer matches my left and which also always feels like is=t is asleep.

It also ended my road-bike riding. Since then I have been on a long recovery. I worked back up using a recumbent for about a year, and I have been riding 3-Speeds for the past year and a half. I am hoping that I will eventually be able to get back on a road bike and go back to my minimum 50 miles a week riding.
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