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Old 08-02-20, 02:32 PM
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First good yard sale find - and a couple of questions

Roger M scored an early 70's Gitane Tour de France yesterday at a yard sale in the Seattle area and then clued me in on a bunch of parts still there (including a tubular wheelset and freewheels). After some contemplation I decided to make the trek over the mountain this morning to check it out.

Turns out the owner was in his 70's and had passed away. He had a collection of 20 or so bikes that had been sold but still had all these parts. I asked about the wheels and out come some dirty (still spin nicely though) Mavic Montlery Championnat du Monde tubular rims laced to Campagnolo Tipo (I think) high flange hubs. They will get a good cleaning and then rebuilt with new spokes.

Other items I picked up included a Blackburn low rider rack in the box, 2 Avocet 20 computers (one looked unused), Camichael derailleur pulleys, 2 Sachs/Sedis chains in the box unused, a no-name headset, Deore XT cantilever brakes (I think, at least the pads are), never used black Modolo stem, 5 freehweels (2 Suntour 13-26 7 spd, 3 Normandy 5 spd - need to figure out the threading on those). A pair of Pearl Izumi shoe covers for cold weather, unopened can of Cycle Pro bicycle grease, numerous tubes, two bike stands so I don't need to find a piece of wood, etc to take pictures of a bike.

Finally, the lady asked if I needed a Yakima roof rack (I didn't) but then I spied a Yakima Quickstand workstand next to it. So, that made it into the car too.

Overall, it was fun to catch a break in our crazy world and buy some C&V stuff. Photos below - including two things I bought that I had no idea what they are. The Dia-Comp things look like may they could fit on the end of a handlebar instead of a plug and the other thing (I got two) have Cinelli stickers so I couldn't pass it up.










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Here's the two parts I'm not sure about




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The bottom pics look to be covers for stubs sometimes used on stoker bars for tandems. Used in lieu of an actual brake lever.

You can see them in the photo below.

Lejeune Tandem early 70s by L Travers, on Flickr
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The other is a chain guide hanger for transport with the wheel off.
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Originally Posted by CV-6 View Post
The bottom pics look to be covers for stubs sometimes used on stoker bars for tandems. Used in lieu of an actual brake lever.

You can see them in the photo below.

Lejeune Tandem early 70s by L Travers, on Flickr
That would make perfect sense since they had Rodriquez tandem there for sale. Thanks
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BF for the win. (I had nothing.)
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
The other is a chain guide hanger for transport with the wheel off.
That was my guess - just wasn't too sure.
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the MAVIC wheel rims are a model called Montlhery

the "CHAMPIONNAT DU MONDE" transfer is merely an appelation referencing a past victory on MAVIC wheel rims

Montlhery is the location and name of a famous track circuit in France for the racing of autos, motorcycles and bicycles:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autodr...inas-Montlhéry

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Those are fine rims. They’re strong. Funny thing about those Normandy 5 speed free wheels, they’re will be more interest in them if they’re French threaded.
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Those are fine rims. They’re strong. Funny thing about those Normandy 5 speed free wheels, they’re will be more interest in them if they’re French threaded.
At least one is English thread. Will look at the others when I can move all the stuff into my new shop. My hope is to get the rims rebuilt with new, shiny spokes after a thorough cleaning and put them on my old Peugeot PL8. I've got Super Champion tubular rims on that one with Normandy hubs right now. The axle is solid on that hub which was a pain when I couldn't loosen one of the nuts last week after a Yellow Jersey sew up tire blow out at 97 degrees. So, I was on the look out for a quick release hub and voila.
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Great find. Let me know if you don't want the handlebar bag rack(red rubber).. I would love to find one of those to replace the clamped one I use.
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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the MAVIC wheel rims are a model called Montlhery

the "CHAMPIONNAT DU MONDE" transfer is merely an appelation referencing a past victory on MAVIC wheel rims

Montlhery is the location and name of a famous track circuit in France for the racing of autos, motorcycles and bicycles:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autodr...inas-Montlhéry

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Yep - found the Montlery stamp on the rim as I started cleaning it up.
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At least one is English thread. Will look at the others when I can move all the stuff into my new shop. My hope is to get the rims rebuilt with new, shiny spokes after a thorough cleaning and put them on my old Peugeot PL8. I've got Super Champion tubular rims on that one with Normandy hubs right now. The axle is solid on that hub which was a pain when I couldn't loosen one of the nuts last week after a Yellow Jersey sew up tire blow out at 97 degrees. So, I was on the look out for a quick release hub and voila.
Be careful, once you upgrade the wheels on your old PL 8, you'll want to upgrade the frame next . . .
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Be careful, once you upgrade the wheels on your old PL 8, you'll want to upgrade the frame next . . .
Done that with the PX10 and Gitane Olympic. The PL8 is just a mess around, don't go anywhere real fast bike that is comfortable to ride. The tubulars just lighten it up and make it a little more fun.
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Nice finds. My condolences to the family. Having to see their father’s fun and hobby stuff leaving can be hard even if it is important to do. It is my sincere hope that all of us respect and treasure the bikes and parts passed on to us for our use and pleasure. For some of us, it may not be long before we or our families must do the same.

Ride on in health and put out these parts to good use.
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...you might already know this, but you can figure out the freewheel threading on those by taking an adjustable (RH) standard threaded BB cup and screwing it into the socket (very carefully...don't force it). If it goes in smoothly, more than three or fouir turns, they are threaded standard. If it hangs up somewhere about there, try a French cup (either side). I keep a couple of these in my tool box just for this. I've been meaning to put handles on them, because if the threads are a little funky on the freewheels, they can get stuck even if you guess right. So use a little grease or oil, and don't force anything.

5/6 Freewheels with a largest sprocket of 26 are getting harder to find here. I've been forced into dismantling them and building up my own, which for a person as lazy as me is painful.
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For some of us, it may not be long before we or our families must do the same.
...the chrome Paramount goes with me into the afterlife. You guys can have everything else.
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I'm at N=13 so far. Probably half are tubular equipped. If I get my way N+1 will happen with one of the bikes they had left. Just need to find out if they still have it. Not a complete grail bike, but pretty close.
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A Rodriguez tandem for sale and no picture? No fair.
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A Rodriguez tandem for sale and no picture? No fair.
My bad - what was I thinking? Here's one from the for sale ad. Had a matching color Zefal frame pump too.


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I might be interested in the Blackburn Custom Lowriders if you have no plans for them.
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Here's the two parts I'm not sure about

[...]

Here in Japan, I've seen these on (non-tandem) touring bikes that have a single pair of brake levers on the tops. Of course it's the same idea as on the tandem: another place for the hands.
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'Sup with the front mudguard?
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'Sup with the front mudguard?
Its so he can tell it’s his when he parked it next to all the other tandem bicycles. He had some nice stuff. Our kinda guy!
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Do you plan to use the Deore XT M730 or M732 front hub? I like those.
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