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Old 09-05-18, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by bertinjim
Sounds perfectly normal to me!
I didn't mention the three actual Carrés.
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I picked up this '80s Mercier recently. Here is a picture from the ad. I have it up on the stand and am tearing it down. It didn't cost me much. It has Campy shifters, hubs, pedals, derailleurs, bottom bracket, headset and crankset. I will post pictures once the makeover is complete. It is in very good condition. It is too small for me so it will move on.
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Old 09-06-18, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by CV-6
LOL. I have eight Carré built Lejeunes. A bit of an unhealthy obsession maybe?
Do I spy a LeCarre here?
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Old 09-08-18, 07:09 AM
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My 1984(?) Peugeot Course with Alesa 700cwheels
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Mid '70's Fontan.
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Rainy day, fiddling with the french
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Old 09-09-18, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by big chainring

Mid '70's Fontan.
Sweet
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Originally Posted by big chainring


Mid '70's Fontan.
Great looking bike! What's the tubing
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Old 09-10-18, 03:52 AM
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Originally Posted by CV-6
I surrender to temptation and bought an actual barn find ca. 73 Champion du Monde. I bought it mostly because I did not have a CdM with the plain block letters. Although you cannot see it in the auction photo, the frame finish was rough. Several hours of work with 1500 sandpaper, rubbing compound, and then polishing yielded an improved finish. It should be repainted, but I wanted one that was not. I am still working on the wheels but I didn't want to wait to ride it. More photos later.

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Great job! I'm really impressed by the finish you've achieved - care to share a little more of the clean-up process on the frame? Specifically I'd like to know how far gone the paint was, as I have a similar decision to make on a '75 Gitane Super Olympic I recently picked up. I'm reluctant to refinish it and lose the authenticity, but I'm equally concerned about rubbing through the existing paint in an effort to improve things.
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Old 09-10-18, 04:08 AM
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Here's a '78 Gitane Vuelta which I picked up awhile back in a slightly neglected state. It's too small for me, but I just couldn't pass it up - Vitus 971, 1st Gen Shimano 600, etc. As you can see, it cleaned up really well, despite the years - a sign of great built quality. It also rides beautifully, and got me hooked on better Gitanes from this era. The '75 Super Olympic (Corsa in the US) is more my size, but will require much more work to even come close to the Vuelta (which will have to go).
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Old 09-10-18, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by rmfrance
Great job! I'm really impressed by the finish you've achieved - care to share a little more of the clean-up process on the frame? Specifically I'd like to know how far gone the paint was, as I have a similar decision to make on a '75 Gitane Super Olympic I recently picked up. I'm reluctant to refinish it and lose the authenticity, but I'm equally concerned about rubbing through the existing paint in an effort to improve things.
It wasn't the paint had deteriorated (it has) so much as the grime and whatallelse that had accumulated on it. This was literally found hanging in a barn with its twin (I got that frame also). I used 1500 wet sandpaper to knock off the worst of it. Then rubbing compound followed by a clear coat friendly polishing compound. I used the latter because I had it on hand. The bike is not clear coated. The paint is cracked in places and in other places I inadvertently went to bare metal. It was waxed and assembled. I am still working on one wheel. Eventually I will share more photos and you will be able to see the recovered finish in more detail. The second frame is much worse and the seller sanded down a couple of spots to verify the frame was "okay". So it eventually will get painted.
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Old 09-17-18, 03:04 AM
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Originally Posted by big chainring


Mid '70's Fontan.
Très joli !
probably built by ELVISH in the city of PAU ...
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Originally Posted by bertinjim
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Good heavens, what an elegant bike! No surprise, I suppose, since the French invented the word "chic".
Thanks Bertinjim ...you have find the good word with "elegant"...that is the impression who come from when we are looking this bike
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Last picture of my 1980 GITANE "Giro d'Italia"
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My first bike, at age four.
Never rode it...
I want to pick it up at my moms and clean it to hang at the wall.
Peugeot c32 c, 32cm 16 inch.
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Originally Posted by Susannav
My first bike, at age four.
Never rode it...
I want to pick it up at my moms and clean it to hang at the wall.
Peugeot c32 c, 32cm 16 inch.
That pic also belongs framed on the wall, If it isn't already. Love it!
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Here's my Vitus 979 i built a while back !
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I have this baby coming. Anyone have any idea as to vintage, model?
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Originally Posted by mackgoo
I have this baby coming. Anyone have any idea as to vintage, model?
I can't tell you much except that it looks like late 40's to 50's to me, but I would love to see more photos when you have it in your hands!
Others will be along soon who can tell you a lot more about it than I can.
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Old 09-23-18, 05:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Susannav
My first bike, at age four.
Never rode it...
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Peugeot c32 c, 32cm 16 inch.
Priceless photo
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Originally Posted by mackgoo

I have this baby coming. Anyone have any idea as to vintage, model?
1959 PLC-50, French market.
​​​​​​https://www.bikeboompeugeot.com/Broch...uperchrome.jpg
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I have this baby coming. Anyone have any idea as to vintage, model?
How do you work those brake levers? Looks like a long reach from anywhere on the bars.
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Here's my Vitus, guarded by some dusty lego

I also had an old Peugot as my first road bike, basically a pint sized touring bike, but I don't have any pics of that.
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Great looking bike! What's the tubing
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