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Old 10-17-21, 07:16 PM
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Mystery French gravel conversion

A recent build I did for a gravel-comfortable, around-town racer. I tried to keep it mostly French. The cassette uses the first 8 cogs from a modern 11-speed mountain bike cassette. 11 speed VO 50.4 chainrings on a vintage Nervar set. With the retrofriction shifters, shifting is smooth and very quiet.

The frame has had a quality repaint so there's no evidence of make or model. The serial is stamped under the bottom bracket but there are numbers on the dropouts as well. Either 26.4 or 26.6 seatpost. The dropouts are forged Simplex and the frame weighs about 1,900 grams, so it's good tubing. Threads are all French. Metric tubing. As pictured with 700x35 and 700x40 on front, the angles measure 71.5 ht and 73.5 seat tube.

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Nice build! Red boxlining would be special on this bike, if you want to try that.
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Absolutely beautiful! Have you enjoyed the downtube shifters or have you thought about converting to levers?
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thank you for sharing this project

most handsome

shows much thought & care

great to see the Rampinelli Ref. 164 bottle holder on there; its even a shiny one!

is front hub White Industries?

cycle's Tange fork certainly not an immigrant from Gaul

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Bravo... Down Tube Simplex Friction Shifters!!!
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