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Old 11-20-18, 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Elev12k View Post
1989 Peugeot Europe Express


That's a beauty, Elev12k. I've never seen one of those before. That is some paint job!

Here's an update on my Canyon Express. I thought she needed something... you know how it goes.

So I added a rack and a bag, and swapped out those Kenda Kiniption tires for some Continental Retro Rides:









I really like the way she turned out. The ride feels a bit lighter with the new tires. She's a keeper.

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Old 11-20-18, 01:53 PM
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My 1982 P8(?) I am considering putting drops on it when I get the chance, just so I have more hand positions.


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Old 11-20-18, 04:28 PM
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Thanks for posting this one, Duke. Very nice! Love that fork crown.

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I would have posted this one in the French 3-speed thread, but ... it’s no longer a 3-speed.

I picked this one up from French eBay as a knock-around project. I think it was the chain guard that drove the impulse decision. It arrived either poorly packed or was the victim of US Customs searches (Customs tape all over the box). The front fender was crushed flat and the pump was about to escape through a hole in the box. I don’t know if the manufacturer was Mongilardi or if the bike just acquired some decals, but I really don’t care. It’s quite solid, yet light. Nervex lugs and bottom bracket shell. It came with a Simplex Prestige (mostly plastic) derailleur stuck on so that I had to disassemble it in order to turn the wing nuts to remove the rear wheel. There’s a rough area under the right chainstay that could be where there was a hole for a bell crate derailleur spring. Wheels were lovely chromed (heavy) Liotard steel. The 3-speed 20-26 freewheel provided an easy leisurely ride. Not really what I wanted. But it would not budge even with thermal wrench and punch and hammer treatment.

So I built some wheels with a set of Normandy Luxe competition hubs I had and some alloy rims and installed a 5-speed 14-26 freewheel. I replaced the ugly derailleur with a Campy Gran Sport. The Simplex shift lever will be replaced eventually. I didn’t have a prettier one in my parts box. So it’s no longer a 3-speed. It is a wonderful ride, very peppy and responsive to turn suggestions. But also very comfortable and stable. I added a front rack because I’m addicted to handlebar bags. So now I have my neighborhood cruiser with a French accent














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Old 11-23-18, 01:25 PM
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What a beauty - very classy refurbishing! Those forks look like they have a good amount of offset creating a low trail setup. How does it handle with a front load?
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Old 11-23-18, 01:34 PM
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Funny you should ask! I had her out around the TCU campus this morning with a bag full of electronics and a heavy lock. Very stable handling. Oh - and the saddle is amazingly comfy!
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Old 11-24-18, 12:50 AM
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The French really knew how to do bikes right!
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What a beauty Honusms.

That chain guard would have sold me as well. Very cool. The whole bike just oozes Frenchness and it would be right at home on the streets of Paris, or of course, the campus of TCU as well!
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Old 11-24-18, 09:39 AM
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Here is a PFN 10 that had wheels that match what was on the PF 60, the PFN was supposed to have maillard hubs on mavic rims but this had maillard hubs on Wolber super champion gentleman.

Also so here is my newly cleaned Raphael Geminiani.


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Old 11-26-18, 01:30 AM
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I have to say I'm very impressed with the ride. Normandy Lux Comp. Hubs w Supra Corsa Tubulars. I still need toe clips and straps.



I'm running Vittoria Supra Corsa Tubulars.


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Old 11-26-18, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Honusms View Post
I would have posted this one in the French 3-speed thread, but ... itís no longer a 3-speed.

I picked this one up from French eBay as a knock-around project. I think it was the chain guard that drove the impulse decision. It arrived either poorly packed or was the victim of US Customs searches (Customs tape all over the box). The front fender was crushed flat and the pump was about to escape through a hole in the box. I donít know if the manufacturer was Mongilardi or if the bike just acquired some decals, but I really donít care. Itís quite solid, yet light. Nervex lugs and bottom bracket shell. It came with a Simplex Prestige (mostly plastic) derailleur stuck on so that I had to disassemble it in order to turn the wing nuts to remove the rear wheel. Thereís a rough area under the right chainstay that could be where there was a hole for a bell crate derailleur spring. Wheels were lovely chromed (heavy) Liotard steel. The 3-speed 20-26 freewheel provided an easy leisurely ride. Not really what I wanted. But it would not budge even with thermal wrench and punch and hammer treatment.

So I built some wheels with a set of Normandy Luxe competition hubs I had and some alloy rims and installed a 5-speed 14-26 freewheel. I replaced the ugly derailleur with a Campy Gran Sport. The Simplex shift lever will be replaced eventually. I didnít have a prettier one in my parts box. So itís no longer a 3-speed. It is a wonderful ride, very peppy and responsive to turn suggestions. But also very comfortable and stable. I added a front rack because Iím addicted to handlebar bags. So now I have my neighborhood cruiser with a French accent













Very nice! What tires are you using?
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Old 11-26-18, 10:00 AM
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Those are Grand Bois Hetres (42mm). Very nice ride on a variety of surfaces.
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Old 11-26-18, 10:17 AM
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I like how these pictures turned out so wanted to share although some of you guys might be tired of seeing these bikes lol sorry
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Originally Posted by honusms View Post


funny you should ask! I had her out around the tcu campus this morning with a bag full of electronics and a heavy lock. Very stable handling. Oh - and the saddle is amazingly comfy!
sweet!!!
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197? Velosolex Saint Tropez
This was a CL find that I grabbed for $50 because I noticed the Reynolds 531 decal. Put a lot of elbow grease into fixing this up.


1977? Peugeot U-08
This one is my beater/commuter. Has a great ride and a lot of random parts. Got it on CL for $60 in awful condition complete with nasty gold spray paint job that I actually kind of like.

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This thread has earned its place as my current favorite. I just picked up a matching pair of Lejeunes. One a Professional which the previous owner switched over to NR at some point and the other a matching 531DB track bike. Both have quite rough paint so pictures will have to wait. They also have matching Ideale 2001 saddles with equally rough leather covers. Has anyone recovered one of these? Iíd prefer not to toss them.
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1974 Motobecane Grand Jubilee


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Old 11-27-18, 08:30 PM
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Thanks! Lovely ride; I remember drooling over these in the bike shop as a teenager
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Old 11-28-18, 02:25 PM
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nice collection! I love the chromed bike in the back<3 what is it?
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Originally Posted by amillhench View Post
This thread has earned its place as my current favorite. I just picked up a matching pair of Lejeunes. One a Professional which the previous owner switched over to NR at some point and the other a matching 531DB track bike. Both have quite rough paint so pictures will have to wait. They also have matching Ideale 2001 saddles with equally rough leather covers. Has anyone recovered one of these? Iíd prefer not to toss them.
Before pics are as wanted as any, we want to see what it starts as, the rougher the better for a more dramatic transformation.

Our very own @rhm is the saddle guru and can undoubtedly advise.
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My girlfriend's custom SS '72ish Peugeot PX10:

As above, apologies to those that have seen it many times before.

What a beauty!!
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[QUOTE=wtgrantham;10401879]Didn't start out to collect French Bikes, but they just keep finding me!

hahahaha i know how that feels, i must have had 15 bikes at once at some point!
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Those are Grand Bois Hetres (42mm). Very nice ride on a variety of surfaces.
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