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Old 12-11-18, 05:45 PM
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This post is probably illegal since this bike is only 10 years old and it is not steel. My other 16 bikes are all vintage steel. Here is my 2008 Look 585 plastic bike.

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Old 12-11-18, 08:56 PM
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She was covered in a thick layer of grime, grease and dust when I first met her in a shopping mall parking lot, a CL transaction. Overhauled everything, changed some things (chainrings, stem, saddle), added fenders, built new set of wheels, and glued on my first tubulars. I got a little carried away, arguably, but I learned so much. And she rides so sweetly.

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Originally Posted by corn on the cog View Post



She was covered in a thick layer of grime, grease and dust when I first met her in a shopping mall parking lot, a CL transaction. Overhauled everything, changed some things (crankset, stem, saddle), added fenders, built new set of wheels, and glued on my first tubulars. I got a little carried away, arguably, but I learned so much. And she rides so sweetly.
Beautiful! The read bar tape is a wonderful accent.
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Old 12-12-18, 11:44 AM
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Beautiful! The red bar tape is a wonderful accent.
Merci, David de la Montagne!
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Old 12-13-18, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by bertinjim View Post
jboisleduc-

I would think a very late 1960s or early 1970s production for your Carre/Lejeune/Elvish due to production details. Your bike's production details are similar to this Carre/Lejeunne:



There are further details here at Classic Factory lightweights including what is possibly Jan Janssen's TdF bike by Carre. Glad you are getting the background to the bike that the originally seller cannot or will not provide. Be aware that bikes were often re-decaled to suit racers who changed teams but not bikes. It was far easier and cheaper to re-spray and re-decal in a new livery than provide an amateur or semi-pro with new equipment.
I know it has been awhile but I only just now got to follow up on this thread.

I cannot agree with your dating. Two reasons. As I stated in my own dating post, the 531 decal used appears starting around 1973. One can say that it might have been put on later, but why would it? It was a chrome bike. It is highly unlikely that it was rechromed and then had the 531 decal placed on it. AFA characteristics, the photo shown has different lugs, lugs often seen in the late 60s early 70s on Lejeune. The lugs on the OP's bike are of a type that I see appearing on 73 and up Carré and Lejeunes. It does share certain production details with the earlier dating, but I believe the lugs and crown as they appear put it later. Save for the windows in the lugs, it is pretty much a dead ringer for a couple of my Lejeunes that are dated 1973 or later.

No matter the date, it is a killer bike and one I would be proud to have in my collection.
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Old 12-13-18, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by CV-6 View Post
I know it has been awhile but I only just now got to follow up on this thread.

I cannot agree with your dating. Two reasons. As I stated in my own dating post, the 531 decal used appears starting around 1973. One can say that it might have been put on later, but why would it? It was a chrome bike. It is highly unlikely that it was rechromed and then had the 531 decal placed on it. AFA characteristics, the photo shown has different lugs, lugs often seen in the late 60s early 70s on Lejeune. The lugs on the OP's bike are of a type that I see appearing on 73 and up Carré and Lejeunes. It does share certain production details with the earlier dating, but I believe the lugs and crown as they appear put it later. Save for the windows in the lugs, it is pretty much a dead ringer for a couple of my Lejeunes that are dated 1973 or later.

No matter the date, it is a killer bike and one I would be proud to have in my collection.
Lynn, we are exactly on the same line... Since you and Jim have helped me identify my Elvish, i havent stopped trying to find more info about it. thankfully i know french and can dig on french forums and sites* also. This morning i got back to the reynolds 531 decal, and i agree with you, my frame must have been built between 73 and 77 according to the 531 stickers.*
Reynolds tubing transfers

Althou i have found older Carré frames that are very similar, i have seen quite a few newer that are even more similar. Post 73 Elvish bike frames ive seen, althou not as high end as the chromed exemple were talking about, seem to have* a Carré influence in the way they are assembled..*
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Old 12-14-18, 12:35 PM
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Very nice Gitane! Those are wonderful.

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Old 12-14-18, 01:29 PM
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Here's a gold Gitane TdF I bought off Craigslist in October. In high school (1973) I rode my first one all over Eastern North Carolina while my friends were riding Schwinns! Talk about follow the leader. So now, 45 years older and 50 lbs heavier, after looking for another TdF on Craigslist for 3 years (sold my first one in college, and regretted it ever since), I'm finally losing weight, getting over saddle sores and remembering why I love this model so much. Didn't know they produced gold ones though until I spotted this one...1973-4 model.

That bike is seriously hot. Is that a sugino crank with a 144 bcd? If you want a crank with smaller chainrings for climbing, I'll bet you could get an sugino mighty tour to work on that spindle; that will let you drop down to 34 on the inside. An SR apex with an 86 bcd will let you run even smaller rings (as small as 28 on the inside). A stronglight 99 (also with 86 bcd rings) would look good on that bike. That's the crank I usually use when turning a French bike into more of a climber.
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Old 12-16-18, 09:29 PM
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Beautiful bike, recommend some Veloflex Master 25’s over the Panaracers...
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Old 12-16-18, 09:40 PM
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I spent the afternoon yesterday at the Alex Singer 80th birthday event. I've uploaded a gallery of photos here
wow, such extraordinary bicycles, thanks for the pictures!
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Old 12-18-18, 12:30 PM
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My Motobecane



Rear Track dropouts. 3 Speed fixed Sturmey Archer.

Built from the spare parts bin.


Rides nice.

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Originally Posted by CV-6 View Post
Oh my!! That is a stunner. And on closer inspection it is likely Carré and likely a Lejeune despite the Elvish markings. I know of another. Small wonder you like the ride.
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Thank you Lynn!

Noticed that it not only has Bernard's seat stay caps and fish mouths but the gear cable guide on the right seat stay as well.

Gorgeous frame.

Thank you for posting jboisleduc.

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Old 12-21-18, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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Thank you Lynn!

Noticed that it not only has Bernard's seat stay caps and fish mouths but the gear cable guide on the right seat stay as well.

Gorgeous frame.

Thank you for posting jboisleduc.

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Old 12-21-18, 12:13 PM
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I am still trying to find production year of my Elvish Carré frame.. I thought maybe adding pictures could help.

Possibly someone would be able to tell what years Cycles Elvish was using that ''E'' head badge...
Althou most parts seem to have been upgraded, im thinking the seatpost i got it with (JPR 26.4mm) could still be original...
And maybe the saddle too...

What do you guys think?


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the other pics...
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Old 12-23-18, 10:28 PM
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A quick snapshot on the way to work this
morning. 24 miles of enjoyment on my ever-reliable daily companion.

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peugeot



i believe it's a pfn10 vitus 171
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A brace of Peugeots

Had a couple of wins on Ebay recently (absolutely no alcohol involved).

First one was (I think) an early 1970s 5 speed, which my son's appropriated for college and work - cool retro or something along those lines. The photo is as it was when collected; I've redone the brakes since with new cables and pads, and he's put on new bar tape and changed the saddle (an Ideale No. 39) - "I'm not sitting on THAT, Dad". Against my advice (well, he's a teenager, no chance of listening to Dad) he's taken off the mudguards (the seller included a full rear guard as well as the short one on the bike) and the rack. Rides really nicely now, and the 5-speed works out well for him as the rides to his college and workplace are flat.
No idea what the model is, but I'm sure someone can help me out. The frame number's 2085237, if that helps.

Second one's a Festina Team Replica I bought from a seller in France as a frameset. The frame arrived very well packed and in good condition, only a few minor paint chips. I added a pair of wheels and a set of Tiagra brifters I bought locally, and built it with bits from boxes in the garage. The ride isn't bad at all for a 1990s aluminium frame, certainly a big improvement over my other aluminium bike.


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Peugeot PH10S back on the road after 37 years

Brought my dad's '82 Peugeot back into action after being stored since almost new, he rode it for maybe a year and then it was a garage ornament. Tore it down and built it back up, all original except for tires, chain, cables & housings, bearings, grease, handlebar tape, and brake pads. Oh yeah, had to replace the front derailleur since the delrin had cracked on the simplex one, common problem I guess. Really smooth riding machine.




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Well done on your dad’s Pug!
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is there one of these on the thread ? Alex Singer "Sportif" built for me in year 2000. It has the larger "cyclo touring" rear rack.
I rode it from Seattle -> San Diego in 2009.






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is there one of these on the thread ? Alex Singer "Sportif" built for me in year 2000. It has the larger "cyclo touring" rear rack.
I rode it from Seattle -> San Diego in 2009.






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Hi @mpetry912 ! Nice to see you hanging out on Bikeforums. Must be snowbound :-)

There a few Singers spinkled here n there in this thread. Mine is here and so are several from vonruden. We should get them together for a ride later this spring.

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Hello Matt ! Yes snow bound. I rode your cream colored Singer last summer and remember what a sweet riding bike it was !

Hope you don't mind me posting this pic of your bike



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is there one of these on the thread ? Alex Singer "Sportif" built for me in year 2000. It has the larger "cyclo touring" rear rack.
I rode it from Seattle -> San Diego in 2009.






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Hi @mpetry912 ! Nice to see you hanging out on Bikeforums. Must be snowbound :-)

There a few Singers spinkled here n there in this thread. Mine is here and so are several from vonruden. We should get them together for a ride later this spring.

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Beautiful bike Mark!

@Vonruden won't be able to ride all of his when you guys get together so I will graciously volunteer to ride one of his.

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Beautiful bike Mark!

@Vonruden won't be able to ride all of his when you guys get together so I will graciously volunteer to ride one of his.

Brent
Brent,

If you ever make it out to New Jersey, you can ride all three.



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