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Old 03-16-18, 10:06 PM
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Velo de Ville Update

It's the end of Winter, and I've been starved for bike projects as I wait for the Spring riding season to start. All the upgrades and maintenance are done, so I've begun to get a little bit artistic, painting and lining the lugs on some of my bikes.

Here's my Peugeot PFN-10 doing its best to emulate big brother PX...



No fancy Nervar lugs here, but even the standard-style lugs get a lift from this treatment.



It was a beautiful day for a ride down in Hastings, MN. Temps climbed into the forties, and there were only a few ice patches in the shady areas up the side of the hill.


My hippo-speak is a bit rusty... do you think he approves? (Or is it a she?)




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Circa '71 Peugeot UO-8

Just finished the build on this UO-8. I'll post more about it in the UO-8 Appreciation thread!
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Originally Posted by BocaJr
Just finished the build on this UO-8. I'll post more about it in the UO-8 Appreciation thread!
Very nice! I'm thinking about building up another UO-8. I found a set of original '72 waterslide decals, now I just need a bike to slide under them. Looking forward to seeing your other pics.

Looks like you used Criterium shifters, I'm supposing you removed the right-side shifter boss? I'm considering the same, much nicer shifters than the cheap Prestige.
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Old 03-20-18, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by jj1091
Very nice! I'm thinking about building up another UO-8. I found a set of original '72 waterslide decals, now I just need a bike to slide under them. Looking forward to seeing your other pics.

Looks like you used Criterium shifters, I'm supposing you removed the right-side shifter boss? I'm considering the same, much nicer shifters than the cheap Prestige.


Thanks! No, I didn't remove the right side shifter boss. I just swapped out the original delrin levers, with the Criterium levers.
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Old 03-20-18, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by BocaJr
Thanks! No, I didn't remove the right side shifter boss. I just swapped out the original delrin levers, with the Criterium levers.
Thanks. I'd never tried that, didn't know that they'd just swap over. Now I know what my next Peugeot build will include.
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Originally Posted by jj1091
Thanks. I'd never tried that, didn't know that they'd just swap over. Now I know what my next Peugeot build will include.
@BocaJr, that is a nice UO-8! It looks similar to mine which I think is a '72 but maybe isn't. There is pretty good love for UO-8's here in C&V.

About the levers, they do swap in place but the threads are different so you have to use the Prestige wingnut adjuster. That is just fine though.
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Hi everybody.

first post for me here.
As a french guy, I am really to see that many people around the world seems to appreciate the french bicycles.
I have looked at the pictures , and I must say that it reminds me some very nice things.
I am 51, but I can remember me as a kid (and as an adult too !) on the side of the road during the "tour de france", and I have seen many of these great bikes "in action" with the "best" like Bernard hinault, Laurent Fignon, bernard thevenet,...etc...

I must admit that I am not a guy who intend to build a collection of bikes and/or extensively restore bikes.
But after the bike of my son ( 13 years old) have been stolen last summer, i have decided to have a look at the local market to purchase something "cheap" for him to go to school, and I have been surprised what can be found.
Very interesting things for a cheap price. It was also the occasion for me to show my son that it is possible to pick up a bike for cheap in a pretty bad condition and have after some hours of work it may turn in something something pretty nice.

I purchased a scott arapaphoe for 20€ (not a french bike !), which is now a perfect daily bike for him.

Then , i recently purchased a peugeot city 85 for my wife for 25€.
I am currently working on it and it will be a perfect city bike for the trip we are planing to sweden during summer

Finally, after following the thread here, It made me think that my kid's bike was always available at my father's home.
It is a bike that my father built "new" for me as a christmas gift when I was 11-13 years old
He had at that time not so much money, so he bought a frame brand new, and parts brand new or what he had available at that time in good shape.
For me it was the same, a brand new and shinny race bike, looking just fantastic !
At that time, riding with my father , it was for me as I was a hero of the "tour de france" !
After I quit the house, my father rides it for a while, and for many years it is "sleeping" in the cellar.
I had the opportunity to travel to my father's house the last week end and look again at the bike .

It is a Gitane Criterium from 1978 (Durifort), grey, with simplex derailleur and Mafac brakes.
I should check deeper for more information
I am happy to see it seems to be a pretty nice bike, and I will probably make it "fit" again , for me or my son.
(I need first to bring back the bikes to my house which is far from my father's house)

If people are interested i will post some pictures.
(nothing to compare with the beauties here)
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As an example, thing we can find here on the local market. (2 days ago)
(I am not allowed to post URL's until I have 10 posts, but you can look at leboncoin.fr / alsace / haut rhin / vélos / 02.04.2018

Beautiful Peugeot gold bicylce
not cheap 320€ (I am not interested), but in pristine condition.
If I compare to yours I suppose they are not cheap too !
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Old 04-04-18, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Manu431
Hi everybody.

first post for me here.
As a french guy, I am really to see that many people around the world seems to appreciate the french bicycles.
I have looked at the pictures , and I must say that it reminds me some very nice things.
I am 51, but I can remember me as a kid (and as an adult too !) on the side of the road during the "tour de france", and I have seen many of these great bikes "in action" with the "best" like Bernard hinault, Laurent Fignon, bernard thevenet,...etc...

I must admit that I am not a guy who intend to build a collection of bikes and/or extensively restore bikes.
But after the bike of my son ( 13 years old) have been stolen last summer, i have decided to have a look at the local market to purchase something "cheap" for him to go to school, and I have been surprised what can be found.
Very interesting things for a cheap price. It was also the occasion for me to show my son that it is possible to pick up a bike for cheap in a pretty bad condition and have after some hours of work it may turn in something something pretty nice.

I purchased a scott arapaphoe for 20€ (not a french bike !), which is now a perfect daily bike for him.

Then , i recently purchased a peugeot city 85 for my wife for 25€.
I am currently working on it and it will be a perfect city bike for the trip we are planing to sweden during summer

Finally, after following the thread here, It made me think that my kid's bike was always available at my father's home.
It is a bike that my father built "new" for me as a christmas gift when I was 11-13 years old
He had at that time not so much money, so he bought a frame brand new, and parts brand new or what he had available at that time in good shape.
For me it was the same, a brand new and shinny race bike, looking just fantastic !
At that time, riding with my father , it was for me as I was a hero of the "tour de france" !
After I quit the house, my father rides it for a while, and for many years it is "sleeping" in the cellar.
I had the opportunity to travel to my father's house the last week end and look again at the bike .

It is a Gitane Criterium from 1978 (Durifort), grey, with simplex derailleur and Mafac brakes.
I should check deeper for more information
I am happy to see it seems to be a pretty nice bike, and I will probably make it "fit" again , for me or my son.
(I need first to bring back the bikes to my house which is far from my father's house)

If people are interested i will post some pictures.
(nothing to compare with the beauties here)
Yes. Pictures please!
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Originally Posted by Manu431
Hi everybody.

first post for me here.
As a french guy, I am really to see that many people around the world seems to appreciate the french bicycles.
I have looked at the pictures , and I must say that it reminds me some very nice things.
I am 51, but I can remember me as a kid (and as an adult too !) on the side of the road during the "tour de france", and I have seen many of these great bikes "in action" with the "best" like Bernard hinault, Laurent Fignon, bernard thevenet,...etc...

I must admit that I am not a guy who intend to build a collection of bikes and/or extensively restore bikes.
But after the bike of my son ( 13 years old) have been stolen last summer, i have decided to have a look at the local market to purchase something "cheap" for him to go to school, and I have been surprised what can be found.
Very interesting things for a cheap price. It was also the occasion for me to show my son that it is possible to pick up a bike for cheap in a pretty bad condition and have after some hours of work it may turn in something something pretty nice.

I purchased a scott arapaphoe for 20€ (not a french bike !), which is now a perfect daily bike for him.

Then , i recently purchased a peugeot city 85 for my wife for 25€.
I am currently working on it and it will be a perfect city bike for the trip we are planing to sweden during summer

Finally, after following the thread here, It made me think that my kid's bike was always available at my father's home.
It is a bike that my father built "new" for me as a christmas gift when I was 11-13 years old
He had at that time not so much money, so he bought a frame brand new, and parts brand new or what he had available at that time in good shape.
For me it was the same, a brand new and shinny race bike, looking just fantastic !
At that time, riding with my father , it was for me as I was a hero of the "tour de france" !
After I quit the house, my father rides it for a while, and for many years it is "sleeping" in the cellar.
I had the opportunity to travel to my father's house the last week end and look again at the bike .

It is a Gitane Criterium from 1978 (Durifort), grey, with simplex derailleur and Mafac brakes.
I should check deeper for more information
I am happy to see it seems to be a pretty nice bike, and I will probably make it "fit" again , for me or my son.
(I need first to bring back the bikes to my house which is far from my father's house)

If people are interested i will post some pictures.
(nothing to compare with the beauties here)
Great to have you aboard @Manu431. We do like pictures and they help to make this the best forum around. I currently own the 1965 Dilecta Le Blanc on these pages.
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Old 04-04-18, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Manu431

First post for me here. As a french guy, I am really to see that many people around the world seems to appreciate the french bicycles.

I have decided to have a look at the local market ... I have been surprised what can be found. Very interesting things for a cheap price.
Welcome to the forum! In the 40s and 50s, the French builders made the most beautiful and advanced bikes in the world. Many fine examples still show up today at surprisingly low prices, although the interest does seem to be growing.
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Old 04-05-18, 12:50 AM
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Thank you for the warm welcome

here are some pictures

I am currently working on the peugeot.
It should turn into a prety nice city bike for my wife (she also have an expensive ebike, but for travelling in stockholm this summer it would be just great.
It is probably not an expensive bike. I suppose it is from 1985.

I don't have better pictures of the gitane at the moment , sorry.
It looks crappy at the moment, but it should turn nice after a deep cleaning and tons of "elbow grease".

The scott is my 13 old son's bike to go to school.
More than enough and no fear to be stolen.
(He cleaned the bike by himself after I show him how to do it. Learning by doing !!)
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Old 04-05-18, 01:43 AM
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some more pictures of the gitane
(It seems that the bike has no front derailleur. I should check with my father. Maybe it doesn't work and my father just have remove it ?? )
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Old 04-05-18, 01:23 PM
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@Manu431 The Gitane appears to have a shift lever for a front derailleur so I would guess that someone removed the derailleur at one point.
I'm curious about the brake caliper pictured. Is the brand name "MAFAR?" AN interesting copy of the MAFAC logo.
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Old 04-05-18, 11:19 PM
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Welcome! That Gitane will be a beauty with all the parts polished, fresh grease & shiny paint. Don
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I really have no idea about the brake caliper.
It may be a copy ? I have absolutely no idea of what could be found at that time in france !
A picture of the other one is clearly Mafac.

As I said , the bike have been "built" and not purchased "brand new" except the frame and some of the parts at that time.
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MAFAC made that kind of brake in around 1979 or 1980. I remember them.
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Have never seen a Mafar brand caliper before, but do remember that off-center label style Mafac caliper with no model name or #.

Mafar...vs ...Mafac. What's in a name anyway? Makes it an even more interesting bicycle. Don
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I think I can solve that mystery...

Many bike from that era had Simplex front and read déraillieurs with Delrin parts, and the front units tend to develop cracks in the clamps and become unusable.

I have three Peugeots on which previous owners had solved exactly that problem by fitting more robust Huret front units. I'm currently fitting my PF10 with Suntour Cyclone units, which are much lighter and better finished/engineered.

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@Manu431 The Gitane appears to have a shift lever for a front derailleur so I would guess that someone removed the derailleur at one point.
I'm curious about the brake caliper pictured. Is the brand name "MAFAR?" AN interesting copy of the MAFAC logo.
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Newest addition to the riding fleet is a private label Mercader frame by Bernard Carré. It has yet to be ridden other than around the block for basic testing but hopefully that will change Friday when the temps here appear to be favorable. I had planned on refinishing it due to the dings in the top tube, but upon finding the Mercader markings hiding under the paint, I decided to hold off and do some more research into the brand. More photos later.

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I had not posted this bike in this thread, but I've owned it for IIRC since 2011. Great bike, but it's in the for sale sub-forum as it's time to rotate.


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Here's another one of my French bikes, now sold, and also like the PX10 above, just a little smaller than I like. The bike came to me primer only, but when stripped had 531 tubing markings and too many Gitane TdF characteristics to not be one, probably from about 1973. Decals - back in the early aughts, there were none to be found. Koolbikes had made some, but were not responsive, and I found they left the bike business around then. So I turned to homemade decals. Also my first matching pump.

I caught a lot of grief on the Gitane forum when this sold. I had sold it locally through CL with full disclosure, but the buyer immediately turned around and put it on eBay with ridiculous claims. G'Forumites assumed it was me, as I had posted pics during my ownership - it was not.

I am a little curious what fate befell this guy.


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Lower Level 1978-79 Gitane

Originally Posted by Manu431
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(It seems that the bike has no front derailleur. I should check with my father. Maybe it doesn't work and my father just have remove it ?? )
EDIT: The next post by the owner Manu431 explains a lot about the mix of components. Sometimes my posts may seem critical or snobbish. That's not the case... I try to present an historical perspective (I reserve the right to express my own biases).

A bike may be someone's pride and joy! Criticizing it is like saying "Your dog sure is UGLY!" I think back fondly of my first Gitane, an Orange 1972 Gran Sport. I sold my car when I went back to finish school at 29 and I rediscovered the freedom a bike provided.

That was many bikes ago but I still keep my eyes open for one of those GS in good shape.

To quote an old Brit on another forum: "Just ride the bloody bike!"

My response to the original inquiry I received:

Judging from the decals I think that its an lower end Gitane from about 1978-79. Not many Gitanes came into the US between 1977 and 1983 so it may have been a European or Canadian model.

By that time most US models in that price range had low end cast aluminum cotterless cranks. In Europe not so much.

The MAFAC model S brakes and Simplex derailleur were economy versions that date from that period. The Philippe stem is from the early 70's and was probably installed because of it's length.

The mystery is the Durifort sticker on the down tube. That would have been reserved for a higher level model, the Interclub equivalent.

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Originally Posted by verktyg
Just guessing from 3 pictures of components, I think that its an entry level Gitane from about 1976. A picture of the whole bike from the right hand side (drive side showing the gear train) would provide a lot more information.

The MAFAC brakes and Simplex derailleur were economy versions. The Philippe stem is from the early 70's and was probably installed because of it's length.
Thanks for your information.
As I said, (and so far I can remember as I was a kid at that time), the only thing I am sure abour is that my father bought the frame brand new.
I suppose that some of the part have been bought brand new too, but they may have been second hand from a recent bike at that time and/or part avalaible to my father.

My bike is not a complete gitane bike purchased brand new.
(The phillipe stem is the best example of that)

For me as a kid at that time it was just a fantastic looking bike . I must say that my father never lie to me. It explained to me that it was a bike he built for me with parts he could afford, and I remember being very proud of him for that . The gift have been even more precious to me.
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