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Old 01-23-24, 10:53 PM
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Mercier Mixte

Started 2024 off on a good note, finally sending boxes of bike parts and accessories to the local co-op and selling an old slightly too big Trek frame. But the shed looked a bit bare, and I accidentally browsed CL while selling the Trek, so anyway, this Mercier followed me home last weekend...


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While in need of a good cleaning, I think it is mostly complete and operational. I received the rear fender and rack, but haven't installed it yet.


New tires and rear fender initial install

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Follis 072

I got this Follis couple of years ago and finally had the time to work on it. I added brake bosses, bridges and braze-ons.
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It was pretty crusty. I cleaned and repainted the areas that I torched with a few layers to kind of match what is left of the original paint. I built it up with as many French parts as I could. I have MAFAC cantilevers I'm refurbishing for this, but in the meantime it has debadged Shimano cantilevers. I wanted it to be a "Velo de Ville" Even though it is made of gas pipe it rides very light and feels good. Handling is pretty crisp.
Haven't finished all the details, but I'm riding it.

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Old 02-16-24, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by fordbailey

Follis 072 at the park
Nice! Mafac cantis will definitely look better! Is that a delrin RD with a long cage grafted onto it?
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Originally Posted by ehcoplex
Nice! Mafac cantis will definitely look better! Is that a delrin RD with a long cage grafted onto it?
Thanks ! No- it was the original derailleur on my '74 Raleigh Gran Sport. It has the original long cage. I'd also love to replace it with something else low end like an Alvin or a Svelto. The Follis had a short cage that didn't work as well with a triple. I need to make springs for the MAFACs before I can mount them.
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Recent pic but posted on other thread but belongs here…my 69/70 Gitane Super Corsa.
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Finally my beloved Peugeot Prestige got its upgrades withdura ace 7400-7700-7800 bits, the reynolds 708 classic is very pleasant to ride




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Originally Posted by georges1
Finally my beloved Peugeot Prestige got its upgrades withdura ace 7400-7700-7800 bits, the reynolds 708 classic is very pleasant to ride




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...not sure there are enough MAVIC transfers on there...


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Originally Posted by juvela
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...not sure there are enough MAVIC transfers on there...


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I also have its original wheelset from 1997 mavic cosmic expert wheels. I am a mavic fan since 1992.
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Originally Posted by georges1
I also have its original wheelset from 1997 mavic cosmic expert wheels. I am a mavic fan since 1992.
That bike looks really aggressive, in all the best ways It is good to hear that this bike is so special to you. You're ready for the summer!
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
That bike looks really aggressive, in all the best ways It is good to hear that this bike is so special to you. You're ready for the summer!
Yes it is the one that started it all and the geometry is indeed a racing one. But I am also having many other road bike projects to be completed. Plus my last crash this winter doesn't really put me at ease or in self confidence on open roads. Some people I know had terrible accidents on open roads because of car drivers negligence. I will do maybe one ride with the hybrid first and once I find the roads are absolutely safe, I will switch back to the roadie. I can't risk to have another crash.
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Originally Posted by georges1
Yes it is the one that started it all and the geometry is indeed a racing one. But I am also having many other road bike projects to be completed. Plus my last crash this winter doesn't really put me at ease or in self confidence on open roads. Some people I know had terrible accidents on open roads because of car drivers negligence. I will do maybe one ride with the hybrid first and once I find the roads are absolutely safe, I will switch back to the roadie. I can't risk to have another crash.
Head away from the city!
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Originally Posted by georges1
I also have its original wheelset from 1997 mavic cosmic expert wheels. I am a mavic fan since 1992.
I should send you over some more mavic decals, I'm pretty sure I've got a few around I'm not a Mavic fan. Happy with their pre 1992 stuff though.
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Originally Posted by VintageSteelEU
I should send you over some more mavic decals, I'm pretty sure I've got a few around I'm not a Mavic fan. Happy with their pre 1992 stuff though.
Thanks that is very kind of you. I have always liked their 1995-2008 stuff. I have several pairs of Cosmic Pro, Cosmic Carbon and on pair of Cosmic Expert for my road bike projects
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Gitane Tour De France in 3 speed 650b garb. It's an excellent ride!

Low end Peugeot mixte with a three speed conversion. Popular loaner at my house.
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Originally Posted by georges1
Thanks that is very kind of you. I have always liked their 1995-2008 stuff. I have several pairs of Cosmic Pro, Cosmic Carbon and on pair of Cosmic Expert for my road bike projects
In summer, I run the Mavic XC717 (silver) rims on Deore hubs on my MTB in its road set-up
. These rims are among the lightest and strongest rim-brake rims ever made. I think they were made 2010-2015 or something like that.
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
In summer, I run the Mavic XC717 (silver) rims on Deore hubs on my MTB in its road set-up
. These rims are among the lightest and strongest rim-brake rims ever made. I think they were made 2010-2015 or something like that.
On three of my mountain bikes I have the XM819 tubeless back in 2009-2013 their strongest tubeless vbrake rim, I have three pairs rims of XM819 as spare rims , I also have my two Treks sporting D521 rims linked to hope hubs. The D521 was one of their downhill strongest vbrake rim, another last mountain MTB project, a Gary Fisher Hookoo Ekoo will get the D521 with hope hubs.
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Originally Posted by georges1
On three of my mountain bikes I have the XM819 tubeless back in 2009-2013 their strongest tubeless vbrake rim, I have three pairs rims of XM819 as spare rims , I also have my two Treks sporting D521 rims linked to hope hubs. The D521 was one of their downhill strongest vbrake rim, another last mountain MTB project, a Gary Fisher Hookoo Ekoo will get the D521 with hope hubs.
I'm not familiar with those rims but Hope hubs are among the best. I have the Mono Pro III on the front of my fastest road bike. I'd like to try down-hill some time.
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Originally Posted by Hproduguidon
Interesting, and we love pics, but help us out here - what are we seeing?
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Interesting, and we love pics, but help us out here - what are we seeing?
A motobecane I think a professional model 1 from 1977
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Very nice frame-set. I like the work on top eyes. Is this a recent acquisition?
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Updated the captain's cockpit with upright bars to reflect the fact that casual rides to the local coffee shop and/or farm brewery are about all I can get my stoker to agree to...
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Originally Posted by Hproduguidon
A motobecane I think a professional model 1 from 1977
Probably Le Champion? Could be Team Champion, not sure if the rear seatstays bridge is reinforced. Later on the lugs were cut out on TC, but not on LC, not sure when they started doing this. And also, not necessarily on the French / European models.
Is this a Huret standard derailleur hanger? If yes, you might have problems with Campy / Shimano standard derailleur, though there were homemade solutions posted on this forum previously. Or you could just go for mid-70's Huret Success Titane with the correct mounting hardware.
Very nice frame, it will look great after some cleanup and polishing. The paint seems to be mostly intact, just gunked up a bit.

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Originally Posted by ehcoplex

Updated the captain's cockpit with upright bars to reflect the fact that casual rides to the local coffee shop and/or farm brewery are about all I can get my stoker to agree to...
That is beautiful and frankly I tour with a fairly similar cockpit. My partner rides but won't do a tandem at all. So there's that.
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Probablement Le Champion ? Pourrait être Team Champion, je ne sais pas si le pont des haubans arrière est renforcé. Plus tard, les pattes ont été découpées sur TC, mais pas sur LC, je ne sais pas quand ils ont commencé à le faire. Et aussi, pas forcément sur les modèles français/européens.
Est-ce une patte de dérailleur standard Huret ? Si oui, vous pourriez avoir des problèmes avec le dérailleur standard Campy / Shimano, bien que des solutions maison aient déjà été publiées sur ce forum. Ou vous pouvez simplement opter pour le Huret Success Titane du milieu des années 70 avec le matériel de montage approprié.
Très beau cadre, il aura fière allure après un peu de nettoyage et de polissage. La peinture semble être en grande partie intacte, juste un peu sale.
Elle sera montée avec Jubilee Huret et peinte en orange.
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