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Old 04-06-19, 01:57 PM
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When you think of French bikes...

...what’s the first color or color scheme that comes to mind?

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... the yellow of a very old, poorly maintained, formerly white peugeot.

Next would be my black and red motobécane.
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It would have to be the white with black trim Peugeot PX-10's of the 60's and 70's.
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Gitane blue.
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It would have to be the white with black trim Peugeot PX-10's of the 60's and 70's.
+ 1. A PR 10 isn't bad either:

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Black- the color of my first road bike that was French.
Red- the contrasting panel of my first bike and frame color of my second bike, also French.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Black- the color of my first road bike that was French.
Red- the contrasting panel of my first bike and frame color of my second bike, also French.




1977 Moto Grand Record as found in the wild. Moto paint jobs are classic.
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Red, red. I want red. There's no substitute for red.


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Red, red. I want red. There's no substitute for red.



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Ditto...Lejeune red

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Originally Posted by deux jambes View Post
...what’s the first color or color scheme that comes to mind?
Gitane. Orange.

Or a humble UO-8 in white.
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'78 Grand Jubile
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Now that you mention it....
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Now that you mention it....
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
... the yellow of a very old, poorly maintained, formerly white peugeot.
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I was thinking off-white or cream, but this is more accurate
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Mercier team pink pops into my mind. Most of my French bikes are blue, however.
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Green of the Motobecane Mirage that sat in my project Que forever and I finally completed and sold in the spring of 2018, then again I really loved the blue of the 80 Peugeot UO-10 that passed through my hands



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Red! Red!

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Red, red. I want red. There's no substitute for red.



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I've read it all, it's black and white
The spectrum made any shade I like
The crimson rays are ruby bright
Technicolor light, ow
I want red, there's no substitute for red
Red!
Paint it red, green ain't me compared to red
You don't know what it does to me
My crimson sin intensity
I'm haunted by the mystery
The mystery of red
Knocks 'em dead
Some like it hot, I like it Red
Red is my lover, got it covered
Red is my number, sure is a comer
Red is my drummer, and I hear red thunder
Move over brother, Red's a mother
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1984 Gitane TdF # 1



1973 Lejeune Champion du Monde



Early 80's Mercier frame



1980 Bertin C37bis



1984 Bertin C37



1986 Bertin C80-SSC frame



1988 Peugeot Biarritz



My most colorful French bike, 1989 Peugeot 753 Chorus frame



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I used to think white with great looking decals, as on the Peugeot UO-8. Now I think of a nice French champagne...

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Kelly green

I picked up 3 high end French bikes this past year: a 1982 Peugeot PXN 10, a 1977 Motobecane Grand Record, and a mid 70s Mercier 300 in kelly green. I love the bike and I'm looking forward to rehabbing it; this is the bike as I found it:​​​​​​​

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I think the Gitane gold of the early 70's is stunning if done right.

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I always think of that pink one that used to dog the orange Italian one.
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A white PX-10 from the early 1970s is arguably the classic French look, but my red UO-8 used to look pretty sharp, as well. When I worked at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership in the early 1970s, everyone seemed to want a white UO-18 or UO-8, although the limited-run "champagne" color sold out very quickly, as well.
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...When I worked at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership in the early 1970s, everyone seemed to want a white UO-18 or UO-8, although the limited-run "champagne" color sold out very quickly, as well.
That's because it was the "Team" colour. Then, as now, people would come up to UO-8 owners and ask,"Is that a PX-10?".
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