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Le beau est aussi utile que l'utile - The French Bike Thread

Old 11-16-08, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by stronglight
Hmmm... I've never heard of a Stronglight crank ever breaking.
Bob, unfortunately, I have a non-drive side mod. 93 crankarm with a wicked crack running through the pedal end. Now, it came to me that way, so I have no idea what caused that damage--perhaps it wasn't bicycling related.

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Originally Posted by Bogester
You and about a zillion others! How many of these things did they make? I think the reasons they are modified so much is because they were set up as racers. I mean a 52/45 crank with a low 21 tooth freewheel just doesn't cut it for many...especially for all the overweight bike-boomer Americans that they were sold to. I put a 28 tooth freewheel on mine and I still can't make it up many of the really steep hills in my town.

btw...nice PX!
Actually, this overweight American bike boomer (55yo, 5'6" and 175-180#) was lean and trim (18yo, 5'6", 125#) when these bikes were in their heyday. If I had one back then I'd have been perfectly happy with 52/45 and 14-21 on a 21 pound bike. I WAS perfectly happy with a 25# bike with tubulars, 52/42, and 14/24. Since my '68 PX-10 is still in boxes, I can't tell you how happy I am with it now. Last summer's experience on some rollers riding my Mondonico suggests, not very!

I am sad that the paint is in such poor shape, it's not the right time to be springing for a CycleArt restoration.

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Originally Posted by Charles Wahl
Well, whaddaya know: a classicist! Je me soumets à vôtre connaissance supérieure.
It's too bad, I was going to use Lotek as a source of practice for my long-dead high school French. I've already embarassed myself extensively using real French people.

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It's too bad, I was going to use Lotek as a source of practice for my long-dead high school French. I've already embarassed myself extensively using real French people.
I have nothing but the very highest regard for Americans who try to speak some French, no matter what mistakes they make, if any. Never be intimidated about it. French is closer to Latin than English is, and so it's a more classical language that takes a lifetime to perfect. Nobody ever perfects it in a lifetime, not even French people. French bikes, on the other hand, were perfected a long time ago. It's been all downhill in the bicycle world ever since.
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I just got back from putzing around on my Gitane Grand Tour (Townie) de Luxe. handles the trails around town with ease thanks to the Club Roost knobbies. I like it a lot, but not sure if it's "done" or not, I've got a Sturmey Archer three speed that I'ld like to put on something, maybe after doing the 2 speed fixed conversion to it. also would like to put a porteur rack on her.
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Originally Posted by dbarnblatt@usa.
Here is my 1976 Grand Record from about a year ago... since changed out the handlebars for a Philipe professional, installed a Zefal HP silver vintage pump with Campagnolo pump mount, and changed out the tires to Grand Bois Cerfs.



Possibly my favorite bike on Bikeforms. And you should know that your bike was at least partial inspiration for my Univega.

I only have one French bike, a mid-80s Peugeot PGN-10:

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Originally Posted by muccapazza
This scene looks very familiar, but I could be wrong. You aren't north of Boulder here are you?
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Here's my hopped-up UO-8 daily commuter:



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Originally Posted by kbjack
This scene looks very familiar, but I could be wrong. You aren't north of Boulder here are you?
Depends. About 900 miles north-northwest of Boulder, CO and 100 miles southeast of Boulder, MT.
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One of my frenchies..........
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Originally Posted by Lamplight
Possibly my favorite bike on Bikeforms. And you should know that your bike was at least partial inspiration for my Univega.

I only have one French bike, a mid-80s Peugeot PGN-10
Cool! Have you posted pictures of, or started a thread on the Univega?
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Originally Posted by dbarnblatt@usa.
Cool! Have you posted pictures of, or started a thread on the Univega?

Yes, I've posted it many times, probably more than I should. Look for the "Univega Appreciation Thread". Or in my sig.
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Here's a newer shot of my AO-8....



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Originally Posted by Lamplight
Yes, I've posted it many times, probably more than I should. Look for the "Univega Appreciation Thread". Or in my sig.
Yep, I know that bike! I gazed and even saved some of the pictures you have posted of it. Very nice job!!
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Originally Posted by stronglight
[CENTER]FRENCH BIKES? ...
Stronglight, don't ever tell me where you live. DANG! That's a nice collection.

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Remember when -holiday76 used to start interesting threads......?
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Remember when -holiday76 used to start interesting threads......?
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