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Old 02-02-11, 09:00 AM
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Your Moto GJ and mine could be sisters!
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Hi Auchen,
I was admiring your Moto the other day and was inspired to finally take some pix and post mine. I've had it since it was new but it was in much worse shape than yours, and required a full repaint. I'll post some more images and info on the restoration.
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OK, here’s my restored Motobecane Grand Jubile. I bought it new in 1976 when I was 16, although I believe it’s a ‘74 or ‘75 model. I used it for everything from
commuting and recreational riding to racing and touring. But after 3½ decades of use it was looking very tired and beat-up, with scrapes and scratches all over, a slightly bent left seat stay (from when it was stolen from the HS bike rack), and a motley assortment of replacement parts, most of them quite worn out themselves. On the other hand it had no rust or major damage. Nice old bike + high sentimental value = perfect restoration candidate. I began the project a couple years ago, and within a day or two had transformed into a vintage bike nut.



For me there was no question about whether to refinish the frame, or that I’d do most of the work myself. I had the stay straightened and aligned, then I took the frame to my neighbour Oscar’s auto-body shop. I couldn’t remove the fixed bb cup or the head badge so I just masked them off. Stripping the frame revealed a small round dent in the seat tube, under the original paint, that had to have been filled at the factory (!). Also, a dull primer coat revealed a slight crimp near the top of the seat tube (repair stand?) that I’d never even noticed. Oscar rounded the tube back with a bit of judicious hammer work, I smoothed it out with putty, and after another primer coat it was time for painting. The metallic red came out a bit deeper than the original --less candy-apple and more wine-- but I think it actually goes better with the baroque look of the bike. I’m a big chrome lover but I always thought the half-chromed fork looked too flashy for this frame, so I painted it over. I outlined the lugs by hand, and masked and painted the stripes with my modeling airbrush. Then a clearcoat, the decals (from Cyclomondo), and finally two more clearcoats to seal everything in and put on a nice glossy finish. It’s not a professional job but it looks pretty nice and only cost me about $100, including the decals. Above all, doing the work myself was enjoyable and really made it my own restoration.

I replaced nearly all the parts, leaving only the original Stronglight headset, bottom bracket, and crank arms, and the alloy seat pin. Nearly everything is vintage French, equal to or better than the original components.
Cranks: Stronglight 49D w/TA 32-50 rings
Derailleurs: Huret Jubile
Pedals: Lyotard 460 w/Christophe toe clips
Cogs: Suntour Pro-Compe 14-23 6-speed
Hubs: Normandy Luxe Competition
Rims: Super Champion Gentleman
Tires: Continental Super Sport 700x25
Handlebars: Atax Franco-Italia
Stem: Pivo Professional
Brakes: Mafac Racer
Saddle: Ideale 58 (courtesy of Easthill)
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Great job kroozer! Everything you chose works very harmoniously, and that's all very fine stuff you hung on it. I am curious though if the hubs are original- That would pretty much nail down the date for you.

Are those Planet Bike fenders? I think they look great, and it seems you managed (somehow) to get the front fender line right.
You need a black bell from Niagara though.
I understand those aluminum-framed Ideal saddles are quite sought after.

PS- I know what you mean about having become a vintage bike nut after just one bite. C&V bikes are like Lay's potato chips.
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It's gorgeous, I'd have left the chrome on the fork but that can always be undone as long as it didn't get scuffed for painting.
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Old 02-02-11, 01:15 PM
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The fenders are Zefal. To hold down the front end of the fender close to the wheel I inserted a small piece of drilled aluminum onto the brake center bolt, just behind the calipers-- I needed to fiddle with it a bit to adjust the length but it works great. The hubs are not original. I never would have bought an alloy-rail saddle, but Easthill gave this to me, so what could I do? But it had no clamp, and the damn alloy-rail clamps cost about as much as the saddles. Finally found a no-name clamp in my LBS here in Mexico for about $2.

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My PX 10

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1982/83 Elvish

Frame: Elvish Extra
Frame material: “TUBES LAMINES A CHAUD -- TS 30.0 (NF 49643)”
Year: 1982/1983
Nationality: French
Frame size: Seat tube - 55 cm c-t-c; top tube 56 c-t-c
Crankset: Nevar Star, 52/42
Derailleurs: Huret--look like the Huret/Sachs New Success, but only has word “Huret” on body--no “Sachs”.
Shift levers: Shimano 600
Hubs: Normandy
Freewheel: Atom SGDG, 14-15-16-18-20
Brakes: CLB, new old stock
Handle bars: Belleri (France)- embossed
Stem: aluminum, unmarked
Rims: MAVIC Sport (tubular)
Tires: Servizio Corse
Saddle: BIM #39, NOS buth with some crazing
Seatpost: Simplex - cool aero looking thing - aluminum
Pedals: Atom 600 – end cages cut off
Toe clips and straps: Christophe
Weight: 23.23 lbs as pictured

This is what I know about this bicycle (which isn't much). If anyone can enlighten me, please do so.

Elvish was a French bicycle manufacturer in the early 1920's, probably based in or around Pau in southern France. They partnered with the French cyclist Victor Fontan to create the team 'Elvish Fontan' and raced the Tour de France in 1928 and 1929. Elvish produced high-end, Ducati-powered mopeds from the early to mid-1950’s. Then, in the 1970s, Elvish bicycles appeared and were sold under the “Fontan” brand name. No idea what happened in the gap years.

Decal at top of downtube says:

FABRICATION
ELVISH
FRANCE

Jump to the 1980’s. Elvish/Fontan bicycles were imported into Canada by Ottawa Bikeway, a shop that went belly up in the 1990s. Another Canadian shop, Bicycles Fiset in Montreal, served as a dealer as well. The dealer’s decal on the downtube says,

VENTE SERVICE REPARATION
BICYCLES FIEST INC.
AGENT: CCM – RALEIGH – PEUGEOT
RAPIDO – VELO SPORT – LEADER
ELVISH
10629 PELOQUIN, MTL
387-5121

A quick check of the web shows that Bicycles Fiset is still in business, and even has the same address and phone number. Unfortunately, I was unable to get any information from them. When I dialed the number on the seat tube decal I got a woman who said, in perfect English, "We do not speak English here". She was of little help.

I purchased the bicycle as a seat-less, wheel-less frame several years ago (in the midst of my “French” period of bicycle collecting). I put on wheels, seat, seatpost and handlebar tape and replaced the original CLB brakes with a NOS set, in addition to a full regrease/rebuild. The Shimano shift levers are probably a replacement. The originals would have no doubt been Huret.
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Don't know a thing about the Elvish, but it's a great name.

Biofuel's PX-10 is a stunning garage queen. Where's that baby been hiding for 35 years?
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yeah,
That's a beautiful PX-10. Fantastic shape. Sends me back in time.
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yeah,
That's a beautiful PX-10. Fantastic shape. Sends me back in time.
+1 to that. It looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor!


grifone37 : I love your Elvish. - and the colors are simply fabulous.
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Biofuel--

Where did you find that pump?

Been looking for a while for one.
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Beautiful!

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Well done! Great story, too... you and the bike have been through a lot!
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Many beautiful Frenchies! This is a great thread.

Here's my restored 70 Gitane Super Corsa. I located the framset in it's battered but original white and located all the components here and there. I have since outfitted the bike with polished aluminum V-O fenders, TA front rack, and Acorn bags for Brevet rides. I finished a 200k on it on New Year's Day.


Here also is my 73 Gitane Tour de France. This one has the original paint but almost all the decals have fallen off. There are only small patches of the original Reynolds frame tube sticker and the "globe" headtube badge. I have a Cyclomomdo set to put on it when I have the gumption. This TdF has Simplex dropouts. I had outfitted this bike for my son to ride (it's too small for me and now too small for him). That's why it has STI and Tektro brakes, etc. I have almost all the original parts and plan to put it back in that condition. Shame about the non original forks.
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Hi leaping_gnome -

Those are sweet Gitanes! You owe another round of pics with the enhancements though.
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Yes, I kissed a french frog too! I really enjoyed bringing this bike back to life, first time I did that. Think its a 73 frame thats been built up/upgraded a few years later because it has the yummy Super LJ derailleurs and Delrin retrofriction shifters. Also E-module clincher wheels and very cool vintage (Belgian!) tires that came off another bike. First ride scheduled tomorrow.
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Just finished this. 1983 Peugeot PSV 10 64cm



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Originally Posted by leaping_gnome
Many beautiful Frenchies! This is a great thread.

Here's my restored 70 Gitane Super Corsa. I located the framset in it's battered but original white and located all the components here and there. I have since outfitted the bike with polished aluminum V-O fenders, TA front rack, and Acorn bags for Brevet rides. I finished a 200k on it on New Year's Day.


Here also is my 73 Gitane Tour de France. This one has the original paint but almost all the decals have fallen off. There are only small patches of the original Reynolds frame tube sticker and the "globe" headtube badge. I have a Cyclomomdo set to put on it when I have the gumption. This TdF has Simplex dropouts. I had outfitted this bike for my son to ride (it's too small for me and now too small for him). That's why it has STI and Tektro brakes, etc. I have almost all the original parts and plan to put it back in that condition. Shame about the non original forks.


Those stands.....are those the Velo Orange Stands? Ive been looking for those to prop up my 2 bikes in the living room. I think VO sells something simular. They are about $20 each but they only have them in black.
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Beautiful bike, CMAW. (That's a great photo-backdrop for this bike too, BTW)

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1984 Gitane Criterium & Peugeot PGN10

Almost done with the Peugeot, just waiting on some fresh cable housing from a buddy. Now I'll I need is a 1984 Motobecane and my collection will be complete - anyone know who, where and/or how to get one???
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I'd love to find a frame pump to fit the pegs on the keel tube. Does the Lapize (spelling?) come in different lengths?
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That's a beauty. After seening this and CV-6's Lejeune, I think my next build will be a vintage tandem.

A couple years ago I bought a '73 Paramount from an owner that was clearing out his garage. He offered to sell me a '74 Motobecane Grand Record and a mid '70's Motobecane tandem to go with the Paramount. I regret to this day not taking all three bikes.
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