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Ever heard of a Velosolex La Parisienne?

Old 06-08-08, 05:47 PM
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Ever heard of a Velosolex La Parisienne?

I bought it for $40, spent $160 for a tune up and have been riding it for over a year now. The rims are about to go though. The is a terrible wobble in the back wheel, and it seems as if my rims can only be trued so much at this point, according to my local bike mechanic, whose opinion I trust.

I want to fix this bike. It is the frame. I love this frame. I just want to simply the whole thing. I really enjoy it for what it is, but... to simplify. That's what I want...

OH! But a question: is the fact that this bike is French going to be an issue when it comes to parts and measurements? I'm still a novice when it comes to understanding bikes, but I'm eager to learn, especially considering my car just died and I am averaging about 100 miles of commuting each week all on my bikes. So I need to start learning more real quick.

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There was a Velosolex at a bike show today, looked pretty nice.
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I just came across (and finished cleaning up) same type of bike as you have. As far as your problem (and if you still have the issue), look into getting a pair of replacement 27 in. wheels - problem solved.

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I believe VeloSolex was mostly in the business of making scooters and mopeds - never seen a VS-branded bicycle.
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Look into getting a good pair of alloy wheels to replace those. You'll be amazed.
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Likewise, here. When I saw the thread title, I immediately expected to see a 50cc French moped, engine mounted above the front wheel. Which means, you've got something unique. Unfortunately neither rare nor valuable, but unique. Worth taking care of.

Looking at the pictures, the wheels seem to be the standard French low-buck-but-quality setup from the 70's: Rigida rims and (I'm guessing) Normandy hubs. Which means your talking the same wheels as the Peugeot UO-8, Gitane Gran Sport, Raleigh Gran Prix . . . . . . and lord knows enough other bikes that sold in the $125.00 range back then. You've got a couple of choices.

Find another set of wheels off of a 5-speed freewheel bike - that'll take care of the 120mm rear dropout spacing. Have a new rim laced in on your current hub, although you'll probably have to go alloy, as steel rims have gotten kinda scarce nowadays. Not a bad thought, though. Going to alloy wheels is the biggest single weight and performance improvement you can make for that bike.

By the way, the biggest negative I've got to my UO-8 is a back wheel that sounds like its in the same condition as yours - there's a noticeable wiggle, well past what I'd normally put up with, and it's not truing out anymore. Just the same, I still put 7-800 miles a year on the bike.

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