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A rare Canadian Le Croco

Old 09-29-18, 08:23 PM
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A rare Canadian Le Croco

Any information on these Bikes would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps @T-Mar or other experts may be of service.
Too me the History of the bikes is half the fun. The other half is getting them rolling again.
This particular bike was saved from the smelter by my Daughter in Western Canada. So we traded frames, a Flying Scot for Her and the Croc for me.
The "before" pics of the Croc unfortunatly have been put in a file that I can't find... So this is the "parts bin" finished product. My apologies to the paint police but with this one I had no choice. It's a rattle can job so don't be too critical.

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Old 09-29-18, 08:25 PM
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More pics
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Old 09-29-18, 08:29 PM
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Forgot to mention it is Columbus SL And it has a very tight geometry but is a joy to ride.
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1st gen Cyclone. That's the good stuff right there! Pretty sweet-looking bike.
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Wow, I like it! I also know nothing about them, sorry
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Old 09-29-18, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531 View Post
1st gen Cyclone. That's the good stuff right there! Pretty sweet-looking bike.
Good stuff and light too. The bike weighs 19.25 lbs.
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I like it - nice mix of parts. Don't know why you're apologizing for the paint because it looks very nice, too. That's a bike to be proud of, tho I'll say what others are thinking: shorten the brake cable housings

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
I like it - nice mix of parts. Don't know why you're apologizing for the paint because it looks very nice, too. That's a bike to be proud of, tho I'll say what others are thinking: shorten the brake cable housings

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I should have mentioned the cables. I have some Yellow on order.
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Dig those chain rings; those things are bonkers. Don't see those very day. Unless you own the bike, I guess.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Dig those chain rings; those things are bonkers. Don't see those very day. Unless you own the bike, I guess.
The Stem is also Panto. So I really lucked out on these.

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What a pretty bike. I think all I remember about these bikes is they're from the Montreal vicinity and they're top shelf. Looks about right to me.

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Originally Posted by Wileyone View Post
I should have mentioned the cables. I have some Yellow on order.
Gotcha. I still think that if that's a rattle-can paint job (assuming you did the decals, too?) it looks superb. No way I'd get such a smooth finish. I've been looking over the pics closely and I simply can't see anything to complain about paint-wise.

Any background to share about this builder's name/logo? I've seen reference to them only once or twice before.

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Gotcha. I still think that if that's a rattle-can paint job (assuming you did the decals, too?) it looks superb. No way I'd get such a smooth finish. I've been looking over the pics closely and I simply can't see anything to complain about paint-wise.

Any background to share about this builder's name/logo? I've seen reference to them only once or twice before.

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The Decals were done by a local company here in London Ontario, Mike Lewis of MDL Graphics. He did a terrific job of reproducing some pretty complex artwork. His actually look better than the originals. This is the 7th Bike I have Rattle Canned. I finished the last clear coat 2 weeks ago and it has been "baking" in my home made oven at 140 degrees since then. It's a little grainy in spots so I still have some buffing out to do, I have read that there was only 8-900 made in total mine is in the 0630's so dating somewhere in the late 70's.
Heres a bit of History on the Lecroco brand I pulled off the Internet.

Here's some history on Le Croco from labicycletta.ca:

Le Croco bikes were made in Montreal and apparently got their name from the legend of the Brno Dragon, a monster that lived on the banks of the River Svratka in Brno and was slain during the Middle Ages.

During the 70's, a Czech expatriate named Jorge Horacek opened a bike store in Vancouver called Brno Bikes. He had contact with a group of ex-pat Czech bike builders including a guy named Sandy Tvrdik in Montreal who started Le Croco bikes. Along with Tvrdik, Krompolc Cestmir is listed as a director of the company. Another fellow who may have been involved in Le Croco was an ex-pat Brit named Bill Fletcher who coached the CCA National Road Team during the early 80's so a lot of National Team riders rode Le Crocos. Fletcher also built his own frames out of Reynolds 753 and 853 and Henry James lugs in Yarker, Ontario.

Jorge Horacek sold Le Crocos in his shop in Vancouver during the early 80's.
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Wow, that's stunning.

I don't think I can offer much beyond what you've cited from the very good 'Canadian Builders' article on labicycletta.ca, but I can confirm that I've seen these come up occasionally both in Montréal (where I lived 6 years) and here in Vancouver (where I have resided since 2010). My understanding is that the bikes were built in Montréal and brought to Vancouver by Horacek. I've had conversations with folks who remember folks racing on Le Croco here in Vancouver in the 1980s.

For some more pertinent discussion, see this old thread from right here on C&V:

Who can tell me about Le Croco bikes

Yours is one of the absolute nicest I have seen, from general condition of frame and components to the panto stem and chainring.

We have an old red Le Croco on display in the technician's area at the shop I work at in East Vancouver - I may see if I can sneak a pic to add here...
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Originally Posted by mikemowbz View Post
Wow, that's stunning.

I don't think I can offer much beyond what you've cited from the very good 'Canadian Builders' article on labicycletta.ca, but I can confirm that I've seen these come up occasionally both in Montréal (where I lived 6 years) and here in Vancouver (where I have resided since 2010). My understanding is that the bikes were built in Montréal and brought to Vancouver by Horacek. I've had conversations with folks who remember folks racing on Le Croco here in Vancouver in the 1980s.

For some more pertinent discussion, see this old thread from right here on C&V:

Who can tell me about Le Croco bikes

Yours is one of the absolute nicest I have seen, from general condition of frame and components to the panto stem and chainring.

We have an old red Le Croco on display in the technician's area at the shop I work at in East Vancouver - I may see if I can sneak a pic to add here...
Thanks Mike any info would be appreciated.
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That’s a great looking bike Wileyone and I’m envious of your Panto chain ring and stem.

History on these bikes is a little scarce but Lorne / @dawesman has posted some Vancouver based Le Croco history on BF in the past.

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Very nice.
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Scotty, it turned out amazing.
I'm definitely impressed with your rattlecanning, that's for sure.
Glad to see the decals came out really nice as well - what material were they printed to?
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Scotty, it turned out amazing.
I'm definitely impressed with your rattlecanning, that's for sure.
Glad to see the decals came out really nice as well - what material were they printed to?
Thanks Dave much appreciated. The Decal material used was 2 Mil 3M Vinyl. Then clear coated with Max 2k clear gloss.
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Excellent.
I'm stoked you saved this little beauty.
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
What a pretty bike. I think all I remember about these bikes is they're from the Montreal vicinity and they're top shelf. Looks about right to me.
I live in the Montreal area and I've been actively looking for any vintage bike on the local ad sites (kijiji, Lespacs etc..) for 2 years now, and I have never seen a LeCroco bike for sale. So it's safe to say those are pretty rare nowadays!

Very nice bike BTW
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Hello, all.

Just thought I'd post that there is a Le Croco for sale on Vancouver Island right now, if of interest to any of you.
A little banged up, but still! There can't be many of these bikes left...

https://victoria.craigslist.org/bik/...861415357.html

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