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Old 11-11-23, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
You did an honorable job. Is the paint and overall finish as good as it looks? I wanted to ask you about your new rims. Why are you going from the Gentlemans to the Elite 19's? Are they stiffer or lighter?
the gentleman rims were 27”. Tire selection? Not that many.
returning to the original Mafac Racer brakes would have been a problem- with 700c the pads are all the way up in front.
the Ambrosios were at hand, not correct, but 700c and allowed using the same spokes - the spokes are the correct length now- filling the nipples fully. They are not correct and short, need Robergel-
maybe one day. Super Champ Gentlman rims in 700c? Not holding my breath. Clincher tires are decent enough now, will stick with them.

paint is original- replicating the pin striping at some point will be a problem. Paint polished up reasonably well, I taped off to either side of the stripes to not buff them away.

the seat tube sticker suffers from some ignorant shop mechanic clamping it in a Park work stand no doubt. Replacements are close but not correct enough. At some point I will create suitable vector art.

a few smaller details- the rear brake cable stop is not a Mafac. I have looked for a TA unit, not found yet at an acceptable price. I have a 3ttt stem, need Grand Prix bars.
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Next up.
57cm Lejeune CdM

from 1973- 74, cut out lugs, different crown.
black outline type, acceptable paint.

details still to attend to.





I have a 56cm from 1972, it has a longer top tube. Things progress.
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Originally Posted by repechage
Next up.
57cm Lejeune CdM

from 1973- 74, cut out lugs, different crown.
black outline type, acceptable paint.

details still to attend to.





I have a 56cm from 1972, it has a longer top tube. Things progress.
Would like to try one of these one day. How does the ride compare to boom era PX-10's and Gitane TdF's? Looks great, by the way.
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Would like to try one of these one day. How does the ride compare to boom era PX-10's and Gitane TdF's? Looks great, by the way.
thanks.

”boom era PX-10…” those were not static either and were I think very size dependent.

this one is… words are an issue often, more nimble and maybe sporty than my older CdM.

I have not test ridden a Upper tier Gitane.
I did consider a 1975 PX as a training bike later in the season that year. That bike was different, not bad, but different than my 1972 CdM.
I purchased this later one before the pandemic.
required a bit of rehab. Had those one piece pads and holders, other goofiness. Aero brake levers of some brand.
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Originally Posted by repechage
thanks.

”boom era PX-10…” those were not static either and were I think very size dependent.

this one is… words are an issue often, more nimble and maybe sporty than my older CdM.

I have not test ridden a Upper tier Gitane.
I did consider a 1975 PX as a training bike later in the season that year. That bike was different, not bad, but different than my 1972 CdM.
I purchased this later one before the pandemic.
required a bit of rehab. Had those one piece pads and holders, other goofiness. Aero brake levers of some brand.
Thanks for the response. Was referring specifically to the '68-'72 PX-10. I know the geo changed a good bit after that. My very limited understanding of this model LeJeune is that it's similar to the more laid back PX-10 before it tightened up. Geo from the pictured bike looks like it's already not as slack as a '72 PX-10, though. Still would like to try one. Nice work on the rehab.
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Jean Paul Routens fillet brazed from ~2000. More pictures in this thread.

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My recently completed 1989 Vitus 979 with all Mavic components.




My 1985 Peugeot PGN-10.



My 1983 Gitane Interclub.



And my recently received 1955 Liberia. The restoration has begun and a thread is coming soon.

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That is a sweet collection!
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Berger "Robust"


Early 70s Durifort frame from Berger Cycles St Etienne aka "Robust". Refinished as an urban commuter.
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There are two bicycles now somewhere in the wild I'm hoping to see here at some point. Someone purchased a white NOS Grand Record frame from US eBay seller and that will build into a gorgeous ride. The price was a bit steep, especially with shipping to the UK, but still very tempting. And a few months back (late Summer) someone got a black C5 with Simplex derailleurs from a French eBay seller (whoever did this, I'm very cross with you right now, I was going to buy that one ). So I'm hoping both buyers are on this forum and share some photos. Come on, you can't be snatching bicycles from under my nose and not even show how lovely they look!
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finally got this green PSV10 to a ridable point . ( have posted it earlier in this thread )
wheel set ( 27'' large flange ) is just so i can see how it rides .
Have plans to rejuvenate some mavic/normandy tubular rim wheels I have in the cave later .

Oddly the OLN is 120 /98 ? considering the decal sets make it an 1982 ?
I had expected 126mm by then .
Things are different in NZ I guess ?


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Originally Posted by Guy Retreau

Early 70s Durifort frame from Berger Cycles St Etienne aka "Robust". Refinished as an urban commuter.
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Originally Posted by Guy Retreau

Early 70s Durifort frame from Berger Cycles St Etienne aka "Robust". Refinished as an urban commuter.
That's a lovely build! I've got a '69 PX10 I picked up as a basket case I plan to do a similar sort of 'urban commuter' build with. What gearing are you running there? The Jubilee RD handles the large cog?
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Originally Posted by 1simplexnut
finally got this green PSV10 to a ridable point . ( have posted it earlier in this thread )
wheel set ( 27'' large flange ) is just so i can see how it rides .
Have plans to rejuvenate some mavic/normandy tubular rim wheels I have in the cave later .

Oddly the OLN is 120 /98 ? considering the decal sets make it an 1982 ?
I had expected 126mm by then .
Things are different in NZ I guess ?


the rear brake pads appear at max reach, 700c might require the axle to be farther forward if lucky or a different brake?
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Originally Posted by repechage
the rear brake pads appear at max reach, 700c might require the axle to be farther forward if lucky or a different brake?
hi there ,

Yes ,rear is right on the limit .
Will be interesting to see how the mavic/normandy tub wheels fit .
The set I have are 126 so will need respacing / redishing etc .
Helicomatic rear (quelle horreur) which is correct to original
I got hold of a 1983 NZ (82 overseas ? ) Peugeot build sheet that also shows Weinmann 605 fitted rather than the currently installed Modolo Speedy.
Could always change them if need be .



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With a longer pivot bolt - moving the caliper to inside the rear triangle will buy you some capacity. A bushing would be required.
or, 605’s that did have a longer reach.

I do not think sliding the wheel forward will improve the reach that much, might help some.
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Oddly the OLN is 120 /98 ? considering the decal sets make it an 1982 ?
I had expected 126mm by then .
Things are different in NZ I guess ?
I think it's perfectly normal for a French bike. Especially front hubs, the ones I have are all narrower than 100mm OLN.
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Originally Posted by Guy Retreau

Early 70s Durifort frame from Berger Cycles St Etienne aka "Robust". Refinished as an urban commuter.

what is that rd? it looks like filigree jewelry....

cheers,
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Originally Posted by quakerparrot67
what is that rd? it looks like filigree jewelry....

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re is the early 70's? Gitane Inter Club I just cleaned up for the bike Exchange.


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does it work as well as it looks?
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Yes. It was in very good shape when we got it. All it really needed were new tires and a saddle. I did a complete service anyway and changed the derailleurs to someshing a bit better than the original. I also swapped out the original sew up rims for clinchers though there was nothing wrong with the original rims. The clinchers are just more practical.
My only regret is that the yellow bar tape I tried to instal broke while I was wrapping it and we put blue bar tape on it instead. I think the yellow was much better.
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The Jubilee short cage only handles up to a 24~26T large cog. I've adjusted the inside limit to not go to the largest cog while I source a different freewheel.
Good catch! It's interesting what stands out to an experienced observer.
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This Gitane Super Olympic passed through the basement last summer. Circa 1975, did not originally came equipped as such, but nice mix. Love those erector set dropouts!



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This Gitane Super Olympic passed through the basement last summer. Circa 1975, did not originally came equipped as such, but nice mix. Love those erector set dropouts!




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the half thickness tab at the rear of the drive side dropout it there to accommodate the fitment of a chainholder attachment



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