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Old 11-15-07, 09:11 AM
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Liberia French Road Bike

I recently bought a french "liberia" frame and am planning on rebuilding it. There is very little identifying information on it... The lettering is gold, the top tube says "type grand luxe", and the head badge says "made in france, grenoble". It has Mafac brakes. Does anyone know anything about this model? I have searched online and found very little.
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You'll probably want to post a few pictures - then you're more likely to get some comments from folks.
good luck...
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I recently acquired a Liberia along with a bunch of other low-end bikes in a barn-find endeavor. Mine is a rough condition "mixte" version with dual sloping top tubes. It has interesting lug work and nice paint/ decals. Mine also has Mafac Racer brakes (fairly common) and very cool Mafac "Guidonnet" levers with white resin handles. It's also equipped with the French standard Simplex dt shifters and derailleurs. The Crank set seems no name and certainly doesn't look as expertly crafted as a Nervar or Stronlight crank.
From what I can tell, given these component factors and the relatively generic stamped dropouts, straight gauge tubing and almost complete lack of literature this bike isn't worth much. I just saw a excellent condition Liberia vintage roadie going for $100 on ebay...not like ebay is the defining principle by which you should place value on your bike (or anything for that matter).
Anyway I plan on using it as a fun, light touring, Porteur/ city bike restoration project. Maybe it will turn a dollar. I'm sure it will be a fun project at any rate. Hope you find yours to provide the same.
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From my recollection. Liberia was one of many French bikes that were imported during the Bike Boom years, 1971-1972 era. It was an OK brand, nothing special from the other French companies, Frejus, Atala, etc.All the usual components-Simplex, Mafac, etc.
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Originally Posted by jacksbike
It was an OK brand, nothing special from the other French companies, Frejus, Atala, etc.All the usual components-Simplex, Mafac, etc.
BTW, Atala is Italian.
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Originally Posted by -holiday76
BTW, Atala is Italian.
for that matter: so is Frejus
https://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/Frejus.htm
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Libertas were your typical low-end French imports, though occassionally nicer ones showed up...

I think they may have been around in the 60s as well, not just the bike boom.
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Hi there,

here's mine liberia single speed project. If someone knows something more about this frame range on behalf pics
would apreciate?

https://s1015.photobucket.com/albums/...eed%20project/
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Looks like a nice mid-range frame (3-main tubes 531) I like the "angular" Huret drop-outs and fork-ends, and how they match those odd angular lugs...very stylish.
It's not a brand we see much in the US...unlike Libertas, which was more common and BTW, not French but Belgian.
The only thing is: you might find replacement rings for that 3-pin Stronglight crank hard to find.
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Libertas were your typical low-end French imports, though occassionally nicer ones showed up...

I think they may have been around in the 60s as well, not just the bike boom.
This company is a very early family run bike manufacturer that originally made frames by hand starting around the early 1920's, but went into industrial manufacturing during it's expansion pre-1960's. Most later bikes 70's-90's were of lower quality compared to earlier frames with lesser components, mass produced for the wider market, but unable to compete with Asian manufacturing in cost and quality. I would assume it to be similar to the lesser Peugeot frames, sporting the same type of components.
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A while back I posted this information about Liberia as sold in the United States during the bike boom. They were primarily a regional manufacturer as far as I can tell, and they were sold here only during the peak years of the boom when buyers and distributors were scouring Europe to bring us brands like A. Camera and Ghisallo and other marques that were rarely seen after, oh, say 1976 or so. I also started this thread after building up and riding a Liberia Grand Luxe in last year's Clunker Challenge 100.

Why so much research initiated by a bike boom campus bike? Simply put, the Liberia Grand Luxe with its nameless frame tubing, basic stamped Nervex dropouts and fittings and Bocama lugs, all hung 'round with French parts makers familiar (M.A.F.A.C., Simplex, Nervar) and less-commonly-encountered (hubs, quick release skewers, headset and bottom bracket by R.F.G., Roulement Francaise Guaranti), somehow rises above all of its humbleness to yield a lovely ride. Mine is Exhibit A in making the case that the French had a way with gaspipe.



My 1972, shown with replacement SunTour derailleurs, Nitto stem and Philippe bars. The bike cries out for a nice set of Paselas.
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