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Old 02-17-12, 11:19 PM
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[QUOTE=KonAaron Snake;13865804]?

NR was stock on that moto, both derailleurs. It also came stock with a Campagnolo cable guide and Campy drops. QUOTE]
I kinda suspected that might be the case, but I guess I was thinking that you were further Frenchifying it with the retros and I was wondering why you didn't go all the way and installed a Simplex RD/FD to match it.... With the TA crank and the retros, the NR RD is starting to look a bit lonely on the frame

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Old 02-18-12, 06:23 AM
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Gotcha...from what I've read, the Motos were a bit weird, and were set up with a Frankenstein hodge podge based on price, value and quality...they even have some Japanese parts. The one component choice that bugs me are the Weinmanns. Who in their right mind would put Weinmanns on this bike over Mafacs???

I would NEVER voluntarily replace Campagnolo, except maybe C-record.

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Old 02-18-12, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by due ruote
That's a fine gentleman's bicycle you have there, Mr. Snake. Is that a 7 speed fw?
Thanks Mr. Due

Unfortunately yes...with a Forte hub and rim

The front is Cyclone. If I were keeping it long term, I'd probably buy a set of Normandy hubs to make it more period correct, or maybe go for a rear cyclone to match the front. Heck, I even have a Campagnolo 6sp wheelset laying around that would fit.
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Old 02-18-12, 09:26 AM
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Better photos:







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One more opportunity to show this French bike. From today's ride:





The drivetrain is all French and original-like except for the stoker's crank and pedals. The rear hub, the brakes, and the captain's crank and pedals are original.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
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Now we're talkin'. Pretty snazy. Vive' le Motobecane
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Yeah Aaron. Replace those Weinmanns with some NR or even Gran Sport brakes and you're home free. Pretty bike.
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Old 02-18-12, 11:01 PM
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I found a Jeunet Franche Comte Mixte for my wife. She is having issues now with her DF bikes. I don't think this was an expensive bike but I fell in love with it even before we pulled it out of the weeds behind the sellers house. It thought is was a Motobecane for some reason, but hey, it's French! The paint is pretty far gone, but you can see how cool it must have looked when new. I left the wheels and took the rest. Mostly steel components, I think it is an early 70's bike. Steel A. Duprat Universal crank, Mafac brakes, Jeunet bars. I will restore it with alloy parts and try to say French. Hoping to try to carefully peel off the decals an scan them for reproduction, unless anyone knows of a source. There seems to be very litte information about Cycles Jeunet on the web. Thanks for taking a look.
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That sure is a lovely 'becane KonAaron. Impossible to find, even here in France. Just one observation, for me the brake cables would look better (and maybe perform better) if they looped over the handlebars.
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Yeah...the cable routing definitely needs work, as does the lever position. I thought these were fairly common, but I'm not an expert either.
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Old 02-20-12, 06:05 AM
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Beautifully put together.
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Old 02-20-12, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by juls
70's Mercier 300
Beautifully done. The coloured tape is insane!
Oh btw .. wondered how u tell if its 200 or 300? Thanks
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Originally Posted by Sierra
All these really nice old French bikes, but not a single Mercier 300.

I was hoping to see few nice early-mid seventies examples.
I have one here I think buts more like 1979-80 but with 1985 LOOK clipless pedals. The bike photos here
Is it a 300?
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I thought these were fairly common, but I'm not an expert either.
I spend more time than I should scouring the classifieds and I've only come across a couple in that 2-tone black and red. It's definitely turning into a grail bike for me especially in a size 60cm.
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Old 02-20-12, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I'm not sure how long I'll be staying...I strongly suspect I'm just passing through.
Give it chance. Old French bikes are like old French cars: a little quirky, lousy build quality, but the ride is wonderful and they can be kept running forever with some paperclips and a piece of string.
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Ehhh, I'm sure it's a nice ride...but I just can't see picking this come ride time over some of my other bikes. It's also not an ideal fit.
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Originally Posted by abarth
This was sitting in my garage in a box for over a year. I finally got off my lazy butt and finished it last night.

This your $50 frameset from the swap meet last year?? What's the crankset?
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
Ehhh, I'm sure it's a nice ride...but I just can't see picking this come ride time over some of my other bikes. It's also not an ideal fit.
Ah, yes, I see how the latter would get in the way of the riding experience. But, just to give you an idea: last spring I started out with my rather aristocratic Koga Miyata Gent's Luxe-S as my primary ride, but as the season wore on, I found myself choosing this Gitane more and more often whenever I wanted to go for a ride.

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Never say never, but I've ridden a bike or two in my day, and I haven't found anything I would take over my KM as an every day all 'rounder. I'm in a weird place...I REALLY love the 6 bikes I ride frequently and honestly can't see myself doing better than what I have. The only things I'm really curious about anymore are a quality CF bike and a custom ti spectrum sports tourer with rolhoff. I'm sure I wouldn't turn down a Vanilla or newer Sachs for the right price. I can't really afford either...and there just aren't many c and v bikes I'd have interest in anymore. I'd find room for a Passoni...I'd find room for a Grandis and that's really about it.

Heck, even my Lemond Poprad...which is a bike I absolutely love...was probably replaced by the Huffy. I'm going to have 4 or 5 bikes up for sale pretty soon.

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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
Never say never, but I've ridden a bike or two in my day, and I haven't found anything I would take over my KM as an every day all 'rounder. I'm in a weird place...I REALLY love the 6 bikes I ride frequently and honestly can't see myself doing better than what I have. The only things I'm really curious about anymore are a quality CF bike and a custom ti spectrum sports tourer with rolhoff. I'm sure I wouldn't turn down a Vanilla or newer Sachs for the right price. I can't really afford either...and there just aren't many c and v bikes I'd have interest in anymore. I'd find room for a Passoni...I'd find room for a Grandis and that's really about it.

Heck, even my Lemond Poprad...which is a bike I absolutely love...was probably replaced by the Huffy. I'm going to have 4 or 5 bikes up for sale pretty soon.
The obvious C&V solution, of course, is to make it the 7 bikes you ride frequently ...
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That tandem is so awesome...

Vive la France!
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^Looks familiar^

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My UO-8 with original Simplex derailleurs that work exceptionally well.


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Originally Posted by scozim
This your $50 frameset from the swap meet last year?? What's the crankset?
Oui, this is the $50 frameset. It has a Stronglight 93 crankset on it. Here are couple shots I took last Saturday when I was out riding it.





I actually hit over 31 mph on the flat with some tail wind. Despite the metric tubing, the frame feels stiff compared to other vintage steel bikes I have.
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