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Old 02-14-20, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
Yes. I don't recall the pressure gauge feature but your note prompts me to imagine that I remember it.
What I do remember is they broke easily. The handle pulled off mine after maybe two uses. Neat idea poorly executed.
It wasn't French though.
Curious - is this it? I got this with a batch of pumps from a shop closing here in Memphis a few years back. Useless to me but I never tossed it.
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Old 02-15-20, 08:19 AM
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Not mine. Gitane Interclub for sale on FB right now.
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Old 02-15-20, 09:28 AM
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French bike with poodle.
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Old 02-17-20, 08:24 AM
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Lovely bikes, those Grand Sprints. Had one identical to the photo but without the dog.
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Old 02-17-20, 06:26 PM
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Motobecane Le Champion

I bought this frame at Eroica last year. I checked out the Saturday flea market, left without buying anything and rode back to il Palazzo where @Andy_K asked why I didn't buy the Le Champion frame that was in my size. I raised my hand, Andy threw me his keys, and I went back to pick it up. This 3 day weekend I decided to put it together. The wheel didn't sit centered in the fork, a bit of massaging with the standard tools of persuasion fixed that. I pulled and cleaned the BB, then welded locktited the fixed cup, as I'd seen Andy unwind a couple french BB's in the past couple of years. The frame came with Campy BB and HS, which made life a bit easier. I bought a 7 speed IRD freewheel and new tires, other than that it was a parts bin build. First ride today with Andy, needs a small tweak in the front derailleur, reused chain needs some oil, but other than that it's a quick handling, swift climber. Some particulars: VO 50.4 BCD crankset, 46-30, SunTour barcons, SunTour Cyclone first gen GT rear derailleur, Gen 2 front derailleur. Mavic MA40 rims, Rene Herse 700c x 32mm tires. Nitto 44mm wide bars, Technomic stem that fit into the metric steerer without mod. Brooks Imperial saddle.



First ride today was with Andy up our Bald Peak route. Andy brought his 7 iron.

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Old 02-17-20, 06:35 PM
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@gugie, nice Moto! I envy your parts bin.

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Lovely bikes, those Grand Sprints. Had one identical to the photo but without the dog.
I agree. There is something about this bike - size, geometry, magic voodoo - that is as right for me as I have encountered. I am very fond of it. Here it is sans pooch:

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Thank you for the drive side profile. They are light for being a Vitus 888 main frame with hi-tensile elsewhere but, like Super Courses, they ride beyond their spec point.
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Old 02-17-20, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
I bought this frame at Eroica last year. I checked out the Saturday flea market, left without buying anything and rode back to il Palazzo where @Andy_K asked why I didn't buy the Le Champion frame that was in my side. I raised my hand, Andy threw me his keys, and I went back to pick it up. This 3 day weekend I decided to put it together. The wheel didn't sit centered in the fork, a bit of massaging with the standard tools of persuasion fixed that. I pulled and cleaned the BB, then welded locktited the fixed cup, as I'd seen Andy unwind a couple french BB's in the past couple of years. The frame came with Campy BB and HS, which made life a bit easier. I bought a 7 speed IRD freewheel and new tires, other than that it was a parts bin build. First ride today with Andy, needs a small tweak in the front derailleur, reused chain needs some oil, but other than that it's a quick handling, swift climber. Some particulars: VO 50.4 BCD crankset, 46-30, SunTour barcons, SunTour Cyclone first gen GT rear derailleur, Gen 2 front derailleur. Mavic G40 rims, Rene Herse 700c x 32mm tires. Nitto 44mm wide bars, Technomic stem that fit into the metric steerer without mod. Brooks Imperial saddle.



First ride today was with Andy up our Bald Peak route. Andy brought his 7 iron.
That's a good looking bike. What kind of loctite did you use for the fixed cup?
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Old 02-17-20, 10:05 PM
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That's a good looking bike. What kind of loctite did you use for the fixed cup?
Locktite 222, cause that's what I had.
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Old 02-17-20, 11:38 PM
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Curious - is this it? I got this with a batch of pumps from a shop closing here in Memphis a few years back. Useless to me but I never tossed it.
there was a pump in the 70’s called the No.1 pump? The pump USA? I forget. I won one at a race- double action, “o” ring seal- clear barrel
this reminds me of it.
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Old 02-18-20, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
there was a pump in the 70’s called the No.1 pump? The pump USA? I forget. I won one at a race- double action, “o” ring seal- clear barrel
this reminds me of it.
That is a #1 pump. I had one. It broke like that on its 2nd or 3rd use. But for being a #1-time-only pump it worked great.

Speaking of French bikes, I did my first non-commute ride of the year on this lovely piece of French steel, '83 (IIRC) PF10, nee PFN10. (The N signified clincher tires but this machine rides on sew-ups.

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The No.1 pump one could say was a CONcept.
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Old 02-19-20, 12:43 PM
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Going to put detailed shots of this one on the PX10 thread:
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Going to put detailed shots of this one on the PX10 thread:
Gorgeous! Is it a repaint?
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My 1987 Mécacycle «Chrono» (posted here before but now with revised stem and brakeset). Fillet brazed Reynolds 753. 20.1 lbs

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Gorgeous! Is it a repaint?
Thank you! It is not a repaint, and all decals except the Nervex and Reynolds decals are original. Lots of small touch-ups to both black and white. I put more pics on the PX10 thread (and a couple of the frrame alone on the before and after thread) and you can see small scratches, etc., that I did not polish out because I did not want to risk removing too much original paint!
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My 1987 Mécacycle «Chrono» (posted here before but now with revised stem and brakeset). Fillet brazed Reynolds 753. 20.1 lbs

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Just a beautiful bike, thanks for the story, purchase, restoration ,and history, Bravo!
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Here's a bike that sort of fell into my lap from CL. It had been advertised as a "Record du Monde" (don't they all say that?) and I had thought of just buying it for parts. But when I looked at the decal indicating Super Competition, my eyebrow raised.

Met the guy and it turned out to be his father's bike and he had been a local racer/club organizer back in the 80's or something. The first thing I noticed was that he had switched the brakes to be right/front - not something the average Joe does - so that gave me some hope of the bike being in decent condition. However, it had been hanging for quite some time and has some rust issues on the tubes, but everything looks very serviceable - even the 23mm tires stayed pumped up when I got it home.

Looks like only the saddle was changed out to an Avocet Touring I. Thank god they spec'ed a Laprade seat post as it was the only thing with a date code: I-79. Best I can tell, based on brochures and the late 1979 date code, is that it is in fact a 1980 model PXN10E "Super Competition" - my first complete, rideable PX-10 And I guess I won't be trying to put fenders on this sexy lady...

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