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Old 05-02-24, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Hproduguidon
Equipe Gitane pro
1984
One of the best, the accomplishments of the 80s Gitanes is unparalleled and the livery on the 83-84 and 87 Team Pros is just oh so perfect…striking while not being garish.
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Some recent photos of my circa 1965 Dilecta Le Blanc. The bike was treated to an upgraded Suntour rear derailleur and some nos Bluemels mudguards. My fleet of bikes has been diminishing for the last few years, but this one hangs on.




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Originally Posted by ehcoplex
Oh, do it- try uprights on it! I'm in a similar spot with a '69 PX-10 that's a tad too small for me- but I want to keep it, so I'm going to give uprights a try. Of course, I've got to finish stripping it and then I've got to paint it first...
il manque 2 ou 3 centimètres pour être à ma taille
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Originally Posted by canuto
Thank you very much. :-) I think putting that photo here has caused a chemical change in me at the cellular level, because this morning I woke up thinking, wait a minute, why don't I put upright handlebars on this, and try it that way before letting it go? I have a VO Left Bank handlebar in my basement that could be just the thing.....Need to check my stem clamp compatibility, but this might be the way go....
This is the right idea. I put a set of Left Bank bars on my wife's mixte. For some reason they make it a lot of fun to ride, and I find myself coming up with reasons to ride it. It feels like steering a sailboat with a long tiller or something.
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Originally Posted by canuto
Thank you very much. :-) I think putting that photo here has caused a chemical change in me at the cellular level, because this morning I woke up thinking, wait a minute, why don't I put upright handlebars on this, and try it that way before letting it go? I have a VO Left Bank handlebar in my basement that could be just the thing.....Need to check my stem clamp compatibility, but this might be the way go....
Like this?

VO porteur bars and City Bike brake levers. I really like the bar-ends for shifting.
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Old 05-05-24, 10:04 AM
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It's fun seeing options online. This one from GS Cicleria flickr site
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Originally Posted by Panurgist
Like this?
Yes! That's the idea.
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French bike has me frustrated...

Greetings all French bike likers,
I acquired a nice Peugeot Mont Cenis frameset from 1986, lovely yellow color, nice and clean, and in 25.5" size which will (hopefully) fit me. Learned after owning it a while that it takes a certain type of seat post, which doesn't use a seat post tube binder bolt. It fastens into the tube like a handlebar stem, using an expander slug on the bottom and a through-post bolt to tighten it in position. Began the quest to find one but haven't yet; believing that they're more rare than hen's teeth..! Hopefully someone on the Forum who is a French road bike maven, enthusiast, connoisseur can help me find one of those seat posts. The seat tube diameter for the post is 25.92 mm approximately, if that is helpful. I'm itching to ride the bike but gotta find the proper seat post for it before going forward in any aspect. Anyone who has any clues or leads can contact me via e-mail: stevee2012@yahoo.com and hopefully I can get lucky and find one. Thank you all..
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Awesome!

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handsome!

looks to be ~2cm piccolo for our non-fixie...or at least for his "francaise fit" self


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Now, THAT'S a groovy color purple..! 👍👌
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Originally Posted by SilverSteve
Greetings all French bike likers,
I acquired a nice Peugeot Mont Cenis frameset from 1986, lovely yellow color, nice and clean, and in 25.5" size which will (hopefully) fit me. Learned after owning it a while that it takes a certain type of seat post, which doesn't use a seat post tube binder bolt. It fastens into the tube like a handlebar stem, using an expander slug on the bottom and a through-post bolt to tighten it in position. Began the quest to find one but haven't yet; believing that they're more rare than hen's teeth..! Hopefully someone on the Forum who is a French road bike maven, enthusiast, connoisseur can help me find one of those seat posts. The seat tube diameter for the post is 25.92 mm approximately, if that is helpful. I'm itching to ride the bike but gotta find the proper seat post for it before going forward in any aspect. Anyone who has any clues or leads can contact me via e-mail: stevee2012@yahoo.com and hopefully I can get lucky and find one. Thank you all..
That was not one of Peugeot's better ideas . . . . You could search on eBay and Le Bon Coin (leboncoin.fr) for "tige de selle Peugeot" and wade through the results. Even in France those are hard to come by.
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Originally Posted by Aubergine
That was not one of Peugeot's better ideas . . . . You could search on eBay and Le Bon Coin (leboncoin.fr) for "tige de selle Peugeot" and wade through the results. Even in France those are hard to come by.
Also, including “quill” in your search terms might help.
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Would this work? Even if you have to add a shim….
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The expanding seatpost is not a bad idea, it actually presents a cleaner way of anchoring the seatpost, in lieu of external clamps on the frame. The example from Atax is what Peugeot supplied on their midrange bikes. The post itself works good enough, but the big amount of Delrin is suspect to eventually cracking and falling apart from stress, age and exposure. That detail could be considered not a good idea from Atax.
I would also hesitate using the expanding seatposts on non-steel frames (aluminum and CF.), because, the pressure from the expanding wedge could damage/rupture the seat tube.
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B.Carre, Vitus 971 frame configured for urban transit


B.Carre 971 frame, mostly French with DFV bar and stem, Normandy hubs, Simplex seat pillar, Ideale 90 saddle, TA cranks, Huret derailleur and shifter.
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BTW, it’s not too hard, in my opinion, to make your own quill seat post.
Quill wedges are available in a few diameters, and then get a screw to match the seat post length required.
Obtain a non-quill seat post of appropriate diameter and… with a little searching there are a few sites explaining the details.
Don’t despair, it’s totally doable, and there are others to show you the way.
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Originally Posted by cyclic_eric
BTW, it’s not too hard, in my opinion, to make your own quill seat post.
Quill wedges are available in a few diameters, and then get a screw to match the seat post length required.
Obtain a non-quill seat post of appropriate diameter and… with a little searching there are a few sites explaining the details.
Don’t despair, it’s totally doable, and there are others to show you the way.
Yup, I did it. I think I didn't even make measurements. I bought an aluminum straight seatpost and a steel stem that was long so I could harvest the wedge and bolt. I cut the seatpost at an angle and then eyeballed how the fit was. It wasn't right, so I cut again. I might have filed it down a bit, too.



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