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"Olympic Sport Cycles" - anyone know anything about this?

Old 06-14-08, 08:25 PM
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"Olympic Sport Cycles" - anyone know anything about this?

I bought a 70's road bike that says that says "olympic-sport cycles" on the side and the front badge. It is a French made bike. It has Allvit and Huret components and a "welcome" seat. Anyone know anything about this brand? I will try to get a picture up soon.
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Old 06-14-08, 08:37 PM
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some photos of the decals:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/areyous...er/2578713329/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/areyous...er/2578713331/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/areyous...er/2578713333/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/areyous...er/2578713339/
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Old 06-14-08, 09:31 PM
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I don't know. But I looked at your other photos of the bike -- that is beeeyootifful. Enjoy.

Hopefully, a french bike person will come along and have some ideas.

Good luck, and welcome to bike forums and C&V.
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Old 06-14-08, 09:38 PM
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thanks! I am loving it so much... just kind of curious where it came from!
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Old 06-15-08, 07:49 PM
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anyone?
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Old 06-15-08, 08:39 PM
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Heres my two cents. Looks alot like a Mercier. The Decals, lugs, striping etc. I'm thinking maybe a special edition bike for the 1972 olympic games. Sure looks about that vintage. Love the color, and everything about it. Keep it and cherish it.
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Old 09-02-08, 12:17 PM
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I just got the same bike

My nine year old daughter spied it on a neighbor's curb to be thrown or picked up. I cleaned it up and it seems pretty cool. same decals although mine has granny type handle bars and the five speed shift is up on the bars as well. different seat - mine is mesinger or messinger

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Old 06-23-13, 06:30 AM
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Resurrecting an old thread because there is so little information out there on Olympic Sport bicycles. I bought one new in 1973 from a hardware store in Orono, Maine for $199. This was during the bike boom of the early 70s. The bike is long gone -- traded in the late 80s at a bike shop in Cambridge, Mass. It probably ended up as a single-speed conversion. Here's what I remember about it:

Frame: Reynolds 531. The sticker said "Trois tubes renforce" which I took to mean double butted main tubes only.
There was another sticker that indicated in French that it was manufactured by Gottfried Industries International.

It was built with typical French components of the time: Stronglight 93 cotterless cranks, Simplex derailleurs, Atom freewheel, Normandy hubs, Mafac Racer center pulls. Wheels were 27" clinchers that I replaced in the late 70s with tubulars.

I have no clue as to the geometry, but it was more to the aggressive, racing side. It was black and beautiful. I learned basic road bike maintenance and mechanics on it.
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Old 06-24-13, 07:49 AM
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I still have mine. feel free to call 414 364 0275 dave
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any more info on these?
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Do you have pictures? still have the bike? I got one as a kid and still have the frame
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Originally Posted by rhorne14 View Post
Do you have pictures? still have the bike? I got one as a kid and still have the frame
Man, that dude hasn't visited here in about 11 years!

I'd like to see your frame though, if it hasn't been repainted.
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Had one come through me workshop.

It was a deep blue flambouyant with foil transfers and white lining.

A relatively base model comparable to a U08.

Appeared to date from ~1972.

Name can be a possible source of confusion as there is also an Olympic marque from Italy.

There was also a U.S. marque by this name back in The Golden Age.

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Old 05-24-19, 02:30 PM
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Hey, he could still be around (his post was from 2013)Ö and sorry, I painted it about 30 years ago.

So, I understand that the bike isn't worth a lot, but it has sentimental value to me. My brother bought it for me for helping him with his paper route around 1972 or '73. He was killed in a car accident about 3 years later, so I really would like to restore it and at least make it rideable. At the time, I did as much research as a 12 year old kid could do back then and wanted a Gitane or a Jeunet bike, but the sales guy at the local shop talked us into this one. We bought it at a bike shop on University Ave in Madison Wisconsin for around $150 and if memory serves my correctly (My hindsight is more like 20/40 than it is 20/20), the guy said that it was made by the same company that made Gitane bikes (he probably went on to be a great Used Car salesman).

As I remember: Olympic Sport "Tour de France" model, lugged 20" frame (I'm short LOL), medium metallic blue, foil decals, front badge I remember had the words "Cycles" and "Made in France" but that's all I remember, Mafac Racer brakes, Simplex derailleur (I think), dark brown leather saddle (Not sure of the brand) and I remember it being super light (as compared to my friend's Schwinn 10 speed bikes). I probably put several hundred miles on it before I got my first car.

SO, I'd like to resurrect it now that I am retired and am looking for a little project (Way easier than restoring a boat and cheaper than doing a Cuda convertible - been there done that). Would love to have input on what I should be shopping for to get somewhat correct parts. (Gitane, Jeunet, Mercier, Peugeot)

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Old 05-27-19, 08:48 AM
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I'm here! Not that I would have checked... the forum emailing me that there had been posts here was handy

Still don't know much about this bike, but ended up turning it into a single speed for cruising around town. A friend hooked us up with some vintage French-threaded parts and we were good to go.

I tried to attach a photo but the forum won't let me since I have less than 10 posts. Hmm.
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I couldnít post pictures either .
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I'm here! Not that I would have checked... the forum emailing me that there had been posts here was handy

Still don't know much about this bike, but ended up turning it into a single speed for cruising around town. A friend hooked us up with some vintage French-threaded parts and we were good to go.

I tried to attach a photo but the forum won't let me since I have less than 10 posts. Hmm.
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The only Olimpic I know of came on a Spanish bike. Spanish bikes also had French parts often as well.
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