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Old 04-13-17, 07:19 PM
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If you google Atom 440 pedal, there is a YouTube video on rebuilding these pedals. In the video, they measure the size of the ball bearings needed. Good luck!

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Old 04-13-17, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Cibie probably only made the reflectors. They were a automotive lighting company, after all, famous for driving lights and headlights. Pedals are likely Atom or Lyotard.
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If you google Atom 440 pedal, there is a YouTube video on rebuilding these pedals. In the video, they measure the size of the ball bearings needed. Good luck!
Thanks guys !!
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This is the Ficelle mixte that I had purchased new in ~1983 for my Mom and added a bunch of upgraded parts to for her. It maybe has 100 miles on it. Has not been used in 30 years. I think I will clean her up and sell it.




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Old 05-07-17, 07:08 AM
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How do I insert images inline into the post rather than having a URL link that opens another browser window for the image?
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Old 05-07-17, 07:52 AM
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How do I insert images inline into the post rather than having a URL link that opens another browser window for the image?
If you click on the yellow and black "postcard" icon in the message window you can post photos via the URL; just "copy" and "paste." If a photo fails to load it is most commonly due to too large a file size.

If you click on the paperclip icon you can load photos direct from your computer's HD.

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Thank you for sharing your bicycle. We do not get to see many of this marque here on the pacific coast where I live. Have always thought there must be an agent for them in the east.

One thing I noticed was the elaborate routing for the cycle's rear brake cable. It is so much simpler on a mixte to fit a brake bridge to the laterals for a direct line pull and shorter cable length. Alternately, if one wishes to use the seat stay bridge it is possible to have a caliper which pulls from the bottom. Wonder what the thinking was behind this arrangement.

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Old 05-07-17, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by BikeTales View Post
Mercier I picked up on eBay. Couldn't resist the color and the white detail. Will make a fine tweed ride bike


I'll do a somewhat thorough restore on it and won't change much.
Thanks very much for sharing this handsome find. Outstanding condition for ~45 years old. A bit unusual to see a bike with MAFAC brake calipers combined CLB tourist levers. You might wish to consider replacing the Union 40U pedals with a french set which can be serviced. The handgrips look like they may be REG.

Please post once again when you have completed your work.

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Old 05-07-17, 08:17 AM
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Whenever I click on the paperclip and try to upload a pic from my computer's photo files, it just says "failed" and won't upload.

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If you click on the paperclip icon you can load photos direct from your computer's HD.

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Thank you for sharing your bicycle. We do not get to see many of this marque here on the pacific coast where I live. Have always thought there must be an agent for them in the east.

One thing I noticed was the elaborate routing for the cycle's rear brake cable. It is so much simpler on a mixte to fit a brake bridge to the laterals for a direct line pull and shorter cable length. Alternately, if one wishes to use the seat stay bridge it is possible to have a caliper which pulls from the bottom. Wonder what the thinking was behind this arrangement.

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Old 05-07-17, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
Thank you for sharing your bicycle. We do not get to see many of this marque here on the pacific coast where I live. Have always thought there must be an agent for them in the east.

One thing I noticed was the elaborate routing for the cycle's rear brake cable. It is so much simpler on a mixte to fit a brake bridge to the laterals for a direct line pull and shorter cable length. Alternately, if one wishes to use the seat stay bridge it is possible to have a caliper which pulls from the bottom. Wonder what the thinking was behind this arrangement.
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Yea, the rear brake is not so good right now. It works but it exhibits its 30 yr age - stiff. I know that after purchasing this one I replaced the brakes, shifter, handle bar, cables, wheels, and tires.

I am torn about selling it or not. I have a Ficelle racer in white as well that is seldom used. I had purchased/sold maybe 30 of this brand bikes back in 1983-84.
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Old 05-07-17, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by 59ctd View Post
Yea, the rear brake is not so good right now. It works but it exhibits its 30 yr age - stiff. I know that after purchasing this one I replaced the brakes, shifter, handle bar, cables, wheels, and tires.

I am torn about selling it or not. I have a Ficelle racer in white as well that is seldom used. I had purchased/sold maybe 30 of this brand bikes back in 1983-84.
Wow, 30 is one big number for a not so well known marque. Did MN have an importer for them?

Thanks for the response.

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Old 05-07-17, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
Wow, 30 is one big number for a not so well known marque. Did MN have an importer for them?

Thanks for the response.

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I purchased all of them from Island Cycle in Mpls. Hard to recall all of them. I was probably 14 at the time running a small repair shop out of my parents basement.
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Old 05-07-17, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by 59ctd View Post
I purchased all of them from Island Cycle in Mpls. Hard to recall all of them. I was probably 14 at the time running a small repair shop out of my parents basement.
Thank you. I can recall seeing their display adverts in the trade publications of the 1970's. Never had occasion to buy from them. Did some business with QBP.

Operated a home workshop also. It was a full-time thing for about twenty years, ~1970-1990.

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Old 05-07-17, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
Thanks very much for sharing this handsome find. Outstanding condition for ~45 years old. A bit unusual to see a bike with MAFAC brake calipers combined CLB tourist levers. You might wish to consider replacing the Union 40U pedals with a french set which can be serviced. The handgrips look like they may be REG.

Please post once again when you have completed your work.

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Thanks. It'll be a while. I have 2 projects in front of it and little time. I'll probably make a new thread for the restoration progress. Can you recommend some replacement cranks that don't cost a lot? One of the cotter bolts has been replaced with a big ugly bolt and I have a hunch the threads are stripped out.
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Old 05-07-17, 10:46 AM
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Whenever I click on the paperclip and try to upload a pic from my computer's photo files, it just says "failed" and won't upload.
See which file it uses and find out if the size is too large. That is most likely the problem. I use jpg to upload from my computer and had to go through all my pics and resize them to work.
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Old 05-07-17, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by BikeTales View Post
Thanks. It'll be a while. I have 2 projects in front of it and little time. I'll probably make a new thread for the restoration progress. Can you recommend some replacement cranks that don't cost a lot? One of the cotter bolts has been replaced with a big ugly bolt and I have a hunch the threads are stripped out.
The chainset on there is OEM from A. Duprat, Universel brand. "hunch threads are stripped" - which ones? pedal? bottom bracket? other?

For a chainset it would be nice to find a period plausible french alloy cotterless set. While ebay prices can get into the stratosphere there are no shortage of bargain venues. You probably know them all already... Dump, junkyard, yard sale, charity bazaar, thrift store. One many enthusiasts fail to check are the depots operated by the large thrift store chains such as Goodwill, Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul. They keep donated items there which are too far gone or too incomplete to send out to the individual stores. Oftimes they will have a yard (or pile!) of tired bikes sitting out in the weather.

Wheels not original. Are thos ACS hubs? Originals would have had Normandy Sport QR hubs and Rigida Super Chromix steel rims.

Please do begin a thread on the bike when she becomes a "front burner" project.

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@juvela

Haven't been to the bike to check on the parts you mentioned. I started a separate thread so we don't hijack this one. I was talking about the replacement cotter bolt-- It may be a random bolt that was forced into the crank arm. Anyway, I just want some cotterless cranks

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Rear Center Pull Brake Question

I'm refubrishing a stripped out large Mitata 90 and am working through some unknowns.
- Would there have been a barrel adjustor on the frame? If so I'm "assuming" it's an extra long one with "something" to protect the frame.
- Would the brake have been mounted on top of the bracket, where the manufacture's name would be visible or underneath? I've seen photos of it either way.

Biggest difference that I can see is underneath puts the link cable under the top tubes. Can't see it makes much of a difference to the leverage on the pivot bolt.

I'm sure I come up with more questions, but this is it for now.

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Here's a photo of a photo of our old Helium, built by Peugeot. Berseau ("cradle") frame, 650B white tires, wingnuts, 4-speed derailleur. Nice little bike, but we had no use for it and no room to spare. It was given to me, so I gave it to someone else.
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I'm refubrishing a stripped out large Mitata 90 and am working through some unknowns.

- Would the brake have been mounted on top of the bracket, where the manufacture's name would be visible or underneath? I've seen photos of it either way.

Biggest difference that I can see is underneath puts the link cable under the top tubes. Can't see it makes much of a difference to the leverage on the pivot bolt.



TIA

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Consider the only difference between front & rear brakes is the length of the mounting bolt. And 99% of bikes have them facing opposite ways in terms of wheel rotation direction. So leverage on the bolts (mounting and pivot bolts) is not a factor. Some times heal clearance is a factor on mixtes. You won't see canti levers on very many mixte frames. The sidepull and center pull style just don't stick out as far. I've never seen a mixte (road bike) with u-brakes (mtb) but those would solve clearance issues. I suppose Mixte bikes were pretty much discontinued by the time the u-brake fad came and went. Oh yeah, some older brake shoes are open on on end so if you flip the rear caliper, check the pads so they don't slide out. Label side up is a tad easier to work on.

As to the adjuster. Most mixte bikes do have adjusters on that stop between the two tubes. There were some variants in levers that had adjusters on top of the brake levers. Some deluxe Dia Compe, Mafac, Universal had those on the levers. I worked on may Raleighs & Peugeots but not Miyatas so I couldn't say what a Miyata had.
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Thanks Rick. I'll continue my research on length etc. In the mean time, I have a pair of Dia Compe with the flip down brake arm openers, I'm going to give them a try. I'm also going with a pair of MAFAC that have a the ability to customize the length of the bridge cable to get it forward of the seat tube.
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Here is a 70s Torpado. I did a partial re-paint and re assembled with mostly original parts. It's a low end bike but a beauty.
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Old 09-01-17, 01:37 AM
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My mixte

Here's before & after, new wheels & tyres and powder coat and loads of polish
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I built up a Raleigh Mixte for my Niece as her Grad School bike (Oregon State my alma mater) it started like this

[IMG]77 Record ltd Drv side profileJPG by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

A stuck stem was solved with amputation and a new Chrome fork.

[IMG]Raleigh record mixte finished by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Upright bars, thumb shifters, and a basket - perfect. But that rear fender line? Sorry to be critical.
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I finally have a mixte again, I just acquired this Raleigh Super Record to serve as a winter bike. It was in decent shape to start with, but steel rims and drop bars were not in my plans. I think the fenders came off a Schwinn World Tourist, and are a perfect match for the accents on the frame. Both wheels were destined for the scrap bin, but with enough hammering and truing I made them usable. My future plans involve lacing a new wheelset with a Shimano Nexus 3-speed coaster brake hub and a dynamo hub, cartridge bearing headset and bottom bracket, among other things.

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