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Old 07-26-05, 01:29 PM
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Astra "Tour de France"

I just picked up a nice old lugged steel road bike at the Bike Church for $30. It's a 60 cm Astra "Tour de France" with Huret derailleurs and cottered cranks. I know nothing about the bike, but it really spoke to me. So, she'll be my fixie! I've been stripping the parts off (lots of rust!) and haven't found anything horribly exciting, but then again I don't know much about Huret parts, plus I can't read a model name off of them yet. Any input would be most appreciated.

Oh, and it's all made "en France," but seems to be made for the American market. And the lug joining the seat tube and top tube has a 75 stamped on it, so I'm assuming it's from 1975. That's all I can think of for now...
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Old 07-26-05, 01:48 PM
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According to the gospel of Sheldon, the Astra is a house brand bike that is simply a re-badged Motobecane! I'm stoked!
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OK, seems to have an Allvit rear derailleur, and a generic front. Rear wheel is a no-name (so far) textured steel with unknown hub. Front is a replacement, with Weinmann alloy rim. Brake levers are Weinmanns with suicide levers with old Dia Compe centerpulls. Came with clamp-on DT shifters, but one of the bosses (left) is brazed to the frame.
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Old 07-26-05, 02:27 PM
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One of my neighbors came dragging home with one of those a couple months ago. This one had the Motobecane winged 'M' on each side of the fork crown, and on the Ideale-looking leather saddle, so it wasn't hard to figure out the pedigree. From the components I figured it to be early '70s. I posted about it then and was told they were sold through Pep Boys back then. They've probably got zero value, but I thought it was sort of cool looking.
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One of my neighbors came dragging home with one of those a couple months ago. This one had the Motobecane winged 'M' on each side of the fork crown, and on the Ideale-looking leather saddle, so it wasn't hard to figure out the pedigree. From the components I figured it to be early '70s. I posted about it then and was told they were sold through Pep Boys back then. They've probably got zero value, but I thought it was sort of cool looking.
I was wondering about the fork crown! Thank you. Yeah, I'm not looking for value, it's gonna be a fixie to tool around on.
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Old 07-26-05, 02:46 PM
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here's a thread about my Astra:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=113671
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Thanks, jhota. That's my bike ('cept mine's a dark green)!
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El Twe, I've been following your fixie quest over on the FG/SS forum, looks like you got a good score. And it's green! Have fun with the cotters
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75 on the seat lug is probably the angle. BCM as used often had angles atamped in them for identification, head lugs may show the BCM logo.

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Originally Posted by jhota
what a beautiful bike! el twe I'm so jealous!
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Yeah, it's a low end model (per Sheldon) but it's a good lookin' one! I've just about got it up and running, and can hopefully get it done before leaving for Colorado. Mucc, I decided not to post this in the fixie forum until it's done becasue I'm kinda sick of the wars over there.
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I have one. My dad gave it to me for my 13th birthday (1970). It was purchased at a local bicycle shop for $ 110.00. I put many a mile on it and kept it in the garage. It is still in mint condition.
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Originally Posted by George A. Griev
I have one. My dad gave it to me for my 13th birthday (1970). It was purchased at a local bicycle shop for $ 110.00. I put many a mile on it and kept it in the garage. It is still in mint condition.
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Originally Posted by number6
75 on the seat lug is probably the angle. <snip>
agreed.
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So, any idea on a year? There's a 609 stamped on the BB shell...
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So, any idea on a year? There's a 609 stamped on the BB shell...
I was gonna suggest looking on the shell, my old Moto has a date stamp there.
Sorry, I can't decipher that number for you. Is there a plastic cable guide down there?
It's a long shot, but more numbers could be underneath...
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Nope, no guide. I'm thinkin' it means it was built in September (9th month) of 1960. Who knows, though...
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Nah -- it's not that old. I'm trying to remember where I found a date on my neighbor's Astra; on one of the Huret derailleurs?
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Ooh! Good plan! Lemme go check...

No dice. The original Normandy rear hub didn't have a date either. Weird, I thought that was a standard Nomandy thing.
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