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Another 70's St. Etienne

Old 06-21-20, 05:42 PM
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Another 70's St. Etienne

New member here who is restoring a mystery 10 speed I've had since the 70's. Interweb search led me to a Velo Collective post with photos showing distinctive identical St. Etienne lug shapes on frame and fork. Other giveaways were the Simplex, Mafac Racer and cottered cranks. Never a great bike, I proceeded to 'upgrade' it with SR cranks, Sun Tour derailleurs, Maillard freewheel, Weinmann rims and Hi-E hubs (I was in Nashville at the time, Harlan Myer was a local hero). I put thousands of road trip and college town miles on it. Only ID on the bike was a foil sticker on the stem tube with CDI for Curry Distributing which agrees with the history of many branded similar bikes. I am on a sentimental journey. I've gotten lots of great brain picking info here already and will be on the road and post photos when I can. Thanks! Medium Size Dog
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Old 06-21-20, 07:23 PM
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Welcome to BF! Good luck on your quest.
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Welcome!
I'm eager to see pictures of a seventies French bike with Hi-E hubs!
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Old 06-21-20, 08:39 PM
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St. Etienne Decals

I've seen a few St. Etienne bikes. They had knock off decals that looked like Gitane's bike boom foil stickers.

They were all generic bikes with gas pipe frames. Most likely produced by one of the large French bike manufacturers like Starnord and ManuFrance that made a ton of private labeled bikes back then. Functional but not particularly note worthy.







I'm looking for an entry level Gitane Gran Sport like the one I had at the beginning of the bike boom for sentimental reasons too.



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I’ve had two St. Etienne, both with the French Reynolds 531 main triangle decal, both fairly lightweight with decent lug work and forged dropouts. I’d describe them as middle level. The one that fits is still in my stable, set up as a single-speed porteur.
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Old 06-21-20, 09:35 PM
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I found my sentimental rebound bike - been riding it. In retrospect I am fortunate I was willing to save until I found a decent bike as a price that would work, a Bertin C-37.

if I had parents who would have driven me around, I would have gone to Johnís in Pasadena... they sold Masi. I would have had to save another year...

many of these basic French bikes did have decent geometry. They rode reasonably well.
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Another 70's St. Etienne

Thanks for the welcome, interest and info! As for the Hi-E hubs, Brent, Sadly the rear hub, a high-low flange is cracked and now is replaced with a rebuilt 70's Campagnolo. The bike is a classic lipstick on a pig with the parts it has. I had a friend who worked at the shop, Cumberland Transit, who put me in touch with Myer. Until a few weeks ago they were the wheels Myer built when they were new. The drive side spokes were two different lengths. The other side spokes were radial. I rebuilt the matching front hub with the original 1 cross pattern. After 45 years and thousands of miles the front hub is so friction free that a 1"x6 screw taped to the rim is enough weight to off-set the balance, roll to the bottom and stop.
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Some before and after on the rebuild. I'd still like to find some 70's alloy handlebars with the same profile if anyone knows. MSD



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welcome to the forum and thanks for posting!

your frame is constructed with BOCAMA lug pattern Nr. 30/I

forum member Ottomotion has a St. Etienne from ~1972-73 which is likely two notches up the range from your example.
it is a bike I did mechanical work on back in the early 1980's. it is now blue; original finish was orange with black trim and gold lining.

you two might wish to communicate.

the Curry/CDI branded bicycles were made by more than one producer. there were also some Italian ones around this time as well. these were reportedly manufactured by Gino Liotto. we had a forum thread on one of these cycles several years back. it is located here:

CDL Italian Built. Any thoughts on age and value?

best wishes with your Curry/St. Etienne.

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Thanks verktyg and juvela! I find it amazing that minutes after my last post a member jumps in with deep obscure knowledge about this bike. I got it new in 73 or 4, my first 10 speed and got the French CDI because my friend at the bike shop who could get me a good deal told me the Italian CDI had a stiffer ride. It fit my budget and kept me from drooling over bikes that cost hundreds more. With the hours and hours of work and money the bike will never be worth what I'm spending to get it running and pretty again but I don't care. A few weeks ago I knew nothing about the brand, its' history or this great forum for that matter. A combination of the lockdown, time on my hands and a friend who wanted to empty a shared storage unit gave me the kick to get started. Thanks for the information and good words. MSD

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Old 07-05-20, 06:31 AM
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Hello again MSD,

forgot to include in me post the link to the discussion thread on the example owned by member Ottomotion :

Any guesses? Help ID mystery bike...

look forward to the updates as you advance work on the Curry...

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