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Mid 60's? Jacques Anquetil

Old 02-26-09, 03:55 PM
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Mid 60's? Jacques Anquetil

Bought this for my girlfriend.

Its is really awesome shape, seems to have been hardly ever ridden or left out.

The Wrights Saddle is barely worn.

You can all see whats on the bike, so I wont blab on about the details. ( Simplex / Mafac / Rigada / Normandy / Universal Cottered Cranks / Lyotard )

Nervex Lugs?

What I am more curious about, is what maker produced the frame and put the Jacques name on it... My fist thought would be Puegeot?

Also more info on Jacques Anquetil himself would be interesting, I know of his drug habits and sexual orientation but more details into any of it would be welcome.









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Old 02-26-09, 03:59 PM
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Some people say Anquetil had a relationship with Gitane...
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Cool bike. But I have to ask - what's with the cat? After a woodchuck?
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Old 02-26-09, 04:45 PM
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Ah, that's Kniles.

He always goes after the shiny things on my bikes.
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Old 02-26-09, 04:57 PM
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Several makers produced "Anquetil" models under contract with Jacques, with most likely suspect being Gitane (definitely not Peugeot, as Anquetil never rode for Peugeot and they were Gitane's rival). Anquetil won the Tour de France on Gitanes in 1963 and '64, and the Giro in '64.
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Classic french Bike Boom bike. I had one just like it only mine was branded Turin, as in the bike shop. Those plastic Mafac levers worked but were kinda funky. Always wanted a Jacques Anquetil bike. Some had his likeness on the headbadge. Should be a nice ride.
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Originally Posted by Dyermaker View Post
What I am more curious about, is what maker produced the frame and put the Jacques name on it... My fist thought would be Puegeot?

Also more info on Jacques Anquetil himself would be interesting, I know of his drug habits and sexual orientation but more details into any of it would be welcome.
"Jacques Anquetil" frames were produced by a number of companies, including Helyett, MICMA, and (I think) Gitane. I think yours is probably a MICMA frame.

Wikipedia has a decent article on Anquetil's career.
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Old 02-26-09, 09:00 PM
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I love that arrow on the stem. Intended to aid in assembly, perhaps?
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Old 02-27-09, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
"Jacques Anquetil" frames were produced by a number of companies, including Helyett, MICMA, and (I think) Gitane. I think yours is probably a MICMA frame.

Wikipedia has a decent article on Anquetil's career.

MICMO (not "MICMA") and Gitane were the same company - Gitane cycles changed its name to MICMO S.A. in 1960 but continued to use the name "Gitane" on its bicycles. Whether the Anquetil models it produced are a sub-brand (of a type common at the time) of MICMO or Gitane is largely a matter of semantics. I was actually going to write MICMO instead of Gitane in my post, but couldn't think of it off the top of my head.
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Old 02-27-09, 07:49 AM
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Those aren't Nervex lugs, BTW, at least not the top-tier type (Pro, Legere).
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Old 02-27-09, 08:37 AM
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Anquetil is the subject of a TERRIFIC book, ´Sex, Lies and Handlebar tape´.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sex-Lies-Han.../dp/1845963016

Thoroughly recommended, along with the Rendall book on Pantani.
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I have my pre-order in with Amazon - placed it after buying a Gitane on ebay with Anquetil's pic on the seattube. There aren't enough really good books in English about cycling in non-English-speaking countries. That looks like one of the good ones. (Also recommend "The Eagle of the Canavese" about Franco Balmamion by Herbie Sykes - tremendous insights into Italian cycling in the post-Coppi, pre-Gimondi era.)
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I don't know anything about it, but she sure is perty!
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Originally Posted by Barchettaman View Post
Anquetil is the subject of a TERRIFIC book, ´Sex, Lies and Handlebar tape´.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sex-Lies-Han.../dp/1845963016
Since the paper back in only £5.99, I will think I will buy one
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About the stem

Originally Posted by luker View Post
I love that arrow on the stem. Intended to aid in assembly, perhaps?
I just pulled the same stem as above of a 1972 Peugeot UO-8, any ideas who manufactured the quill stem with the arrow?

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do not see how this bicycle could date from "Mid 60's." the MAFAC Course 130 brake levers did not launch until 1973. the model of Simplex Prestige shift levers on the machine did not launch until 1971. iirc aduprat universel cranks did not launch until ~1969.

always possible that some fittings may have been changed but she does have the look of being all original.

x's and o's to Kniles; he's a cutie.
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have a very similar anquetil myself . When I got it had long guards and straight bars (2nd pic )
has had some changes since :-)
As to origins it has a sticker right down at the base of the seat tube which says "made in England " ?
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Interesting bike. Nothing special looking about dropouts or tubing or anything but I love these old low-mid range bikes anyway and especially something rare like this. I'd definitely replace some cables, housing, etc and spruce the thing up for your GF.......building could use paint too.

Have read the biography and he led an interesting life alright.
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have a very similar anquetil myself . When I got it had long guards and straight bars (2nd pic )
has had some changes since :-)
As to origins it has a sticker right down at the base of the seat tube which says "made in England " ?
most interesting. thank you fro sharing this example. those seatstay caps certainly say u.k. the zeus competition chainset is something unlikely to be seen on a frankish machine. one can only wonder as to who the maker might have been...
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most interesting. thank you fro sharing this example. those seatstay caps certainly say u.k. the zeus competition chainset is something unlikely to be seen on a frankish machine. one can only wonder as to who the maker might have been...
Tying up some loose ends here: that would probably have been Carlton, who were in cahoots with Ron Kitching. (source)
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Tying up some loose ends here: that would probably have been Carlton, who were in cahoots with Ron Kitching. (source)

Thank you non-fixie!

So we have a RonKit Jacques
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I have never seen one with an arrow on the side, but that sure looks like the AVA Stem of Death to me. Anyone else care to interject?
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They were made by Falcon(Carlton, Raleigh etc) as well, carrying the same components as my Carlton Corsa for the most part.
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I have never seen one with an arrow on the side, but that sure looks like the AVA Stem of Death to me. Anyone else care to interject?
Is that the model name, or just a euphemism??
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