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Old 04-07-19, 07:42 AM
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My new to me Lejeune. 63cm frame is a bit large for me, but riding it...it doesnt feel big at all. I actually could use a longer stem. Very nice feel to this bike and it definitely handles like a racing bike. And it was the easiest frame to build up. My brother picked this up at the Madison, WI brazen dropouts swap. Seller didnt get much interest in it and sold it at a very reasonable price.
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This started as a frame only. I had to source everything and built the wheels. I still have an issue with the preload on the mounting bolt spring of the rear derailleur. It's a complete diy re-spray, and I worked months on the frame. The original color was a pearlescent white.
Great work! Maybe a couple extra links in the chain?
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Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post

Great work! Maybe a couple extra links in the chain?
That's a touchy one, @mountaindave, as the Simplex derailleur has to take up a lot of slack with this gearing. It's a 52-38T front and a 13-28T 7-speed rear. I tried different lengths and found this length gives me the crispest shifting while on the small chainring. It is too short for big-big, but I just have to be careful. I normally am very aware of what gear I'm in. Except when I'm not...
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
That's a touchy one, @mountaindave, as the Simplex derailleur has to take up a lot of slack with this gearing. It's a 52-38T front and a 13-28T 7-speed rear. I tried different lengths and found this length gives me the crispest shifting while on the small chainring. It is too short for big-big, but I just have to be careful. I normally am very aware of what gear I'm in. Except when I'm not...
P-G, you should know better! There will be a time when you shift to big-big even though you say you won't. No, let me re-phrase that There will be a time when you shift to big-big even though you say you won't.

I have never had a RD grab the spokes from shifting with too short a chain but I have had it happen from busted cage stop. (Long story.) The result can be, uh, damaging. In the blink of an eye I hit the ground hard, didn't hurt myself but broke some stuff on the bike The wheel survived but the RD sure didn't. It ain't pleasant. If you are sure the drive train can handle it even if it isn't optimal the you can leave it. But do not tell yourself you will never shift like that!
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Old 04-08-19, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
P-G, you should know better! ... If you are sure the drive train can handle it even if it isn't optimal the you can leave it. But do not tell yourself you will never shift like that!
You made me laugh. Technically, I've never said that I won't make the tragic shift. I'm hoping that I don't. It's like we say at work all of the time, "hope isn't a strategy". I think that "on the stand" I can make this set-up shift big-to-big, but just barely. With the long cage stretched straight to the bottom of the large chain ring. I'll try it tonight and take a photo. That'll be just before the whole thing explodes into a pile of parts...
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Old 04-08-19, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
You made me laugh. Technically, I've never said that I won't make the tragic shift. I'm hoping that I don't. It's like we say at work all of the time, "hope isn't a strategy". I think that "on the stand" I can make this set-up shift big-to-big, but just barely. With the long cage stretched straight to the bottom of the large chain ring. I'll try it tonight and take a photo. That'll be just before the whole thing explodes into a pile of parts...
If you aren't a hammer head, you should be able to get away with it once or twice. I have a Simplex Prestige on my wife's bike and I have her set up with a triple in front. A couple times I have seen her in big-big and it nearly triggered me with the RD rotated so the chain was almost completely straight through the pulleys. Without completely freaking out on her, I strongly encouraged her to never do that again if she didn't want to walk home with a mangled RD and/or rear wheel.

It's amazing what those Delrin rear derailleurs can handle.
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Old 04-09-19, 01:42 PM
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I had to laugh at this, as I also spotted the Chain Thing right away. That's because as part of my minimal preparations for Eroica Gaiole 2018 I fitted a 14-28 freewheel to my '75 Gitane Super Olympic (Super Corsa in North America), which is all Campagnolo. That really 'stretched' the capabilities of the NR rear unit, so I had to remove chain links to get sufficient clearance to - just - engage the 28T cog. A humble Simplex would have taken that in its stride, of course, but this was something of a desperate hack ahead of the Tuscan hills.
Anyhow, after I got back I home again I couldn't live with that look (or the thought of possible effects on jockey-wheel cage spring tension), so I popped the links back into the chain, and adjusted the stop so I can't change down far enough to hit that cog. Now I have a replacement 5-speed freewheel on my shopping list... 25T max. :0)
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Originally Posted by rmfrance View Post
I had to laugh at this, as I also spotted the Chain Thing ... Anyhow, after I got back I home again I couldn't live with that look (or the thought of possible effects on jockey-wheel cage spring tension), so I popped the links back into the chain...
You guys were right, obviously. I went back and installed an additional link. Now I'm able to shift it into big-big (gently) and the cage line is better. Feedback is good. Thanks.
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Old 04-14-19, 11:35 AM
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1978 Grand Jubile w/ replacement fork. Was a mess when received. The rear wheel is my first ever complete rebuild.

Next, my 1979 Grand Sprint. One of my favorite rides ever. Swapped in the Campy changers.
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Old 04-14-19, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by BFisher View Post
Next, my 1979 Grand Sprint. One of my favorite rides ever. Swapped in the Campy changers.
Nice work on both Motos - love the pink touches with the blue!
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Old 04-14-19, 02:45 PM
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@mountaindave, Thanks, man!
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One more for you Francophiles - my '71 UO-8:

I use it mainly for post office runs. It's really a nice riding bike.
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Old 04-14-19, 03:08 PM
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Finished (just need bar tape) up the free UO-9 from last weekend. Gonna give it to a kid who used to live with us and wants to commute to work this spring and summer. Told him to ride this first before dropping more money down on a newer bike to see if he even likes commuting by bike. Even after switching the steel wheels out these definitely are not light. But, it rides nice and solid. Took a little longer than I wanted because I had to overhaul a couple of hubs including a Helicomatic rear. I kept the Stronglight 99 crankset and went with a Sakae 48-36 set up. Freewheel is 13-24



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Old 04-14-19, 03:30 PM
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Next, my 1979 Grand Sprint. One of my favorite rides ever. Swapped in the Campy changers.
Nice!

Did the same Campy swap plus a bit more on this Sprint - BiC / Ocana tribute. A good tubular wheelset will do wonders on a lower tiered Vitus 888 frameset.

DIY rattlecan, graphics, parts bin 'whats ya got' old Campy jobbie. This was fun, especially pointing to the C&V purist police. I think its lighter than my clincher equipped 1972 Motobecane Le Champion with Campy N.Record.



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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
My new to me Lejeune. 63cm frame is a bit large for me, but riding it...it doesnt feel big at all. I actually could use a longer stem. Very nice feel to this bike and it definitely handles like a racing bike. And it was the easiest frame to build up. My brother picked this up at the Madison, WI brazen dropouts swap. Seller didnt get much interest in it and sold it at a very reasonable price.
Dig! I recall earlier on some other thread about this one. Your classic lightweights are always fun to see. (And the VW too!)
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@crank_addict, I've seen this build on here. It looks great! I bet it rides like a champ.
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My first French bike! My uncle's old Motobecane Grand Jubilť, which he let me have after my grandfather passed away over the summer (my uncle took Grampa's '90s Fuji Team). This bike is what I rode the last time I got to ride with my grandfather, when he was 86, and I've refurbished it and made some adjustments to make it more usable for me.

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Repaint? Beautiful bike. Love the simplex Retrofrictions. Lightyears better than the plastic crap prestige ones they came with.
Thank you Mountaindave it a repaint and yes Iíd have to agree with you.By the time Peugeot realized there was a problem it was way too late.I also have to point out that I had to get my hands on a strong light crankset because the bike was fitted with of all things a schwinn crankset and if you think maybe something possibly happened to this bike think again lol I also have another PX10 with guess what crankset..........A schwinn.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
Nice!

Did the same Campy swap plus a bit more on this Sprint - BiC / Ocana tribute. A good tubular wheelset will do wonders on a lower tiered Vitus 888 frameset.

DIY rattlecan, graphics, parts bin 'whats ya got' old Campy jobbie. This was fun, especially pointing to the C&V purist police. I think its lighter than my clincher equipped 1972 Motobecane Le Champion with Campy N.Record.


Made me bring up my Motobecane team champion... the tubing states Columbus on the graphics, and the fork is... but the frame is Reynolds 753 as seen under the paint. I recall Motobecane had a tiff with Reynolds, or they with them. Who knows, canít claim its 753 but letís move it out. Call it pragmatic.
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Beautiful work! Let's meet up for a NYC PX10 ride once the spring arrives! Here is my blue version.


Untitled by irishbx4th, on Flickr
Thank you for the compliment and yes that would be a great idea on a nice cool day.
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I’m really liking all I see on this thread.Much love for French bikes by many.
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My first French bike! My uncle's old Motobecane Grand Jubilť, which he let me have after my grandfather passed away over the summer (my uncle took Grampa's '90s Fuji Team). This bike is what I rode the last time I got to ride with my grandfather, when he was 86, and I've refurbished it and made some adjustments to make it more usable for me.
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What a great way to honor your grandfather. I sure hope Iím still riding at 86 -*Iím just over half way there!
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My Motobecane CT2 from 1984 Lots of modifications
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My Motobecane CT2 from 1984 Lots of modifications
650b conversion on an old moto? Very, very nice. I'll bet that's a plush ride.
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Thanks a lot, yes it's a real pleasure to ride it

no it's not a conversion, it was originally a 650b
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