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So I had a Jan Heine moment last night

Old 11-19-19, 11:16 AM
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So I had a Jan Heine moment last night

I just got back to Germany and my new house is less than 4 miles from work so I decided I needed a commuter bike. Iíve always been a closet Jan Heine fan if for no other reason than every bike he reviews/rides is sexy so I decided to be a fat version of him. So now Iím the owner of a somewhat pricy, freshly powder coated, French BSO. I imagine itíll be here sometime next week hopefully fully assembled now I gotta sell my soul to Brooks and Velo Orange to finalize what I see in my head. Hereís my new to me supposedly 1980 Mercier with all the right high quality French parts and hammered fenders <ó- for which I am a sucker and yes I know I need to fix the rear to get a good line. The plus side of this ~$400 bike is all the disposables have been replaced and the front wheel has been re-laced.

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Old 11-19-19, 11:21 AM
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Lucky Bugger! For both bike and country location...
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Old 11-19-19, 11:28 AM
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Doesn't look like a BSO to me. With those forged dropouts the frame is at least of medium quality if not higher. Do you know what model it originally was?

Did you get it powder-coated or was that the previous owner? I like the color. I would have added braze-ons before powder though (could use some rack tabs on the fork and top tube/BB cable guides. Maybe centerpull braze-on studs if feeling fancy).

You'll also need a decaleur if you're going to use that rack. I'm assuming that will be your VO purchase.
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Old 11-19-19, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
Doesn't look like a BSO to me. With those forged dropouts the frame is at least of medium quality if not higher. Do you know what model it originally was?

Did you get it powder-coated or was that the previous owner? I like the color. I would have added braze-ons before powder though (could use some rack tabs on the fork and top tube/BB cable guides. Maybe centerpull braze-on studs if feeling fancy).

You'll also need a decaleur if you're going to use that rack. I'm assuming that will be your VO purchase.
Itís a BSO because itís French 😉

Iíll get the decaleur and bag from VO and the saddle and tape from brooks

The frame is 531 and the dropouts are forged but I donít know what it was originally. What I do know from powder coating my Colnago is thatís it costs ~Ä150 combine that with all the polishing, cleaning, and parts replacement heís/ sheís got the Ä325 in it.
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Old 11-19-19, 01:20 PM
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Looks pretty. Are the seat stay tops concave? can't quite tell from the pic.
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Old 11-19-19, 03:40 PM
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Nice looking bicycle. Hope you enjoy it a lot.
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Gorgeous, all vintage. If you use a small enough front bag a decaleur may not be needed. What bag are you planning on using?
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Pretty!

The - otherwise very nice - Turbo saddle does indeed look wrong on this bike. A Brooks or Idťale would look (and probably feel) better.

Oh, and maybe it's just me, but while you're at it, try to find a set of original MAFAC brake pad holders. These modern dual compound thingies are a bit distracting. Just my two cents.

Enjoy!
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Iíve always been a closet Jan Heine fan ... French ... sell my soul to Brooks



https://www.renehersecycles.com/prod...nents/saddles/
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Interesting bike stand. Where can I find info about it?
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Old 11-20-19, 11:40 AM
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Those are probably better and they fit with the bike better but I know Brooks...maybe I should get out of my rut and try something new
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