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Old 05-24-22, 06:31 PM
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I have had many wonderful experiences in France, rides all over the country, in Paris, plus seven successful shipments of wine, 12 cases each. Viva la France! Many thanks for sharing this, a lovely experience indeed.
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I had enough time for a quick ride this morning before starting the weekend stuff. I will be heading out tomorrow for work, but wanted to get in a few miles.

What would that be worth without pics?


Taken at the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial and Cemetery, remains of the fallen Americans who were the first combat pilots in France in WWI are interred in the crypt below the monument. A fitting place to visit the day before Memorial Day.



This is the spot in Versailles where I had my negligent spontaneous sudden stop in 2020.

The Pershing/Lafayette memorial just outside Versailles. Even Pershing salutes a Singer.

Cool spot in the Bois de Boulogne.



Bagatelle park gates in the Bois, a small park full of carefully groomed plantings and flowers.
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If you haven't already, take a roll out to the Parc de St. Cloud and see the Grande Cascade, just a little further SW from your ride above. While not on the "B" list,
in the spring/summer there's a seasonal cafe at the base of the cascade serving salty fatty snacks and Kir. The Parc is huge with many paths all sans cars.
You very well may run into more chrome under veteran rollers out there...In addition, although it involves traversing the city, surface or metro, the bois de Vincennes
is another lovely large bikable Parc that is home to the velodrome. Though few were made, AS made track bikes too, Olivier used to have one he bought from a client, maybe he still has it ?
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If you haven't already, take a roll out to the Parc de St. Cloud and see the Grande Cascade, just a little further SW from your ride above. While not on the "B" list,
in the spring/summer there's a seasonal cafe at the base of the cascade serving salty fatty snacks and Kir. The Parc is huge with many paths all sans cars.
You very well may run into more chrome under veteran rollers out there...In addition, although it involves traversing the city, surface or metro, the bois de Vincennes
is another lovely large bikable Parc that is home to the velodrome. Though few were made, AS made track bikes too, Olivier used to have one he bought from a client, maybe he still has it ?
Thanks Bob, I do know the Parc de St Cloud and have been there several times. Never tried the cafe though, maybe next ride! I don't much care for the insane road nest at the far side of the bridge there, but recently a friend showed me the trick to navigating that without playing Frogger across lanes of the weekend speedsters. I haven't been to Vincennes but know there's a way to get there via the bike path mostly. I'll add that to the lsit, but admittedly my first order of business on most rides is getting out of the city, not further in! As I live on the western edge in Neuilly sur Seine, that generally means Versailles and towards Rambouillet or St Germain if I feel up to the super confusing roads there.

I'm very excited to get back to fitness and get this thing out into its native environment on the tiny farm roads far from cities in the pre-dawn gloom. I want to see that spear of light from the Edelux punching its way onto the road in the Vosges and the Pyrenees. For now it's base work and then stretching and ice, but I can dream big.

I'll have to ask Olivier about the track bike... and look up how to say that in French.

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"velo piste"........and you can enter the Parc from the back side, avoiding the "quai", take RER to Ville d'Avray.
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This thread is kind of addictive and incredibly enabling.... Thanks!
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Lafayette wanted to be buried in American soil, and indeed he was. An American flag waves over his grave. And during the Nazi occupation of Paris, the caretakers of his grave flew the American flag! Many thanks to Lafayette.
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Update: with Olivier's blessing Jen Green is working her magic






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Very nice!
Cloisonne infill next?
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Very nice!
Cloisonne infill next?
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It's quite literally up to her. I can't wait to see what she decides.
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Just because I can't stop taking photos of this bike:


View of Paris from St Germain, the Eiffel Tower is the tiny stick behind the hill on the right.

Jean De La Fontaine approves
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And in case anyone is interested in the fox/crow thing:
The great fable is all about vanity and how important it is to not be obsessed with your looks and yourself. A raven is perched in a tree and holds a delicious and giant cheese in his mouth that he will soon enjoy. A fox passes by and starts telling the raven how beautiful he is, how incredible his voice is and how he is the most majestic creature in all the forest. The raven opens his mouth to sing to the nice fox but drops the cheese. The fox catches the delicious cheese and warns the raven that if you say what the person wants to hear then you’ll probably get what you want from them.

Not so bike but very classic.
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Looks like some morning mileage.
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Looks like some morning mileage.
Indeed. We're getting into high summer here and the sun is up by 5:30. I took the one shot at St Germain directly into the sun and it turned out one of the best of this bike. Iphones make photo experts of us all.
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Originally Posted by poprad View Post
Update: with Olivier's blessing Jen Green is working her magic

impressive!
Is that all hand work, or cut with a laser or plasma cutter?
Will it be a small bit of art for the desktop, or is it destined to be used as a headbadge? I'm voting for "headbadge"!

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
impressive!
Is that all hand work, or cut with a laser or plasma cutter?
Will it be a small bit of art for the desktop, or is it destined to be used as a headbadge? I'm voting for "headbadge"!

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All hand work, Jen is an artisan and I think the satisfaction she gets is thorugh creating these things without using modern automated equipment. If you haven't checked out her stuff it's worth a look, but be warned; you will want one.

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The one she's making will adorn my Singer, that is without question.
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Meanwhile on the other side of the Atlantic, another fabulous day spent on a Singer ( my bike was made maybe 4-5 before Mark’s)…





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Meanwhile on the other side of the Atlantic, another fabulous day spent on a Singer ( my bike was made maybe 4-5 before Mark’s)…




You ran across my totem animal for cycling. "Start slow and then taper off" that's my motto....

Lovely bike, thanks for posting
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