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Old 04-09-12, 04:57 AM
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That Gnome et Rhône is incredible! (and incredibly rare probably. "Classicrendezvous.com" is looking for information ...and pictures perhaps)
I especially like the combination of these bulging tires and beautiful deep-skirted fenders.
Marvelous bicycle!
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Originally Posted by Lance Pierre
Very nice bike; do you know you can find adapters for the Vitus frame that will fit the shimano 600 tricolor shifters? or even shifters with specially designed flat adapters like those:
Thanks for the complement, the Simplex Retrofriction downtube shifters on my Vitus were regarded as the best shifter at the time even better than campy's, so it will break my heart to change it with anything else.
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Thanks guys! Originally this bike would of been a city bike with three speeds and a rear rack. I have another one which is going to become a porteur bike and also i have the female version as well.

This one will be fitted with racks front and back and used for light touring.
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Old 04-09-12, 01:47 PM
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This is the bike when i originally bought it. The tyres were so rotten i had to cut them off!
The crankset here is aluminium cottered. I changed the rear fender for another one i had that was in better condition.
I have changed the wheels as well for normandy hubs with super champion rims.
when i bought the bike the bars and stem and fenders and saddle were no original.

The front derailleur i have now added is a Huret with intergrated chainguard that i think goes well with the bike.
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Old 04-09-12, 01:58 PM
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I have another one which is going to become a porteur bike and also i have the female version as well.

Ah I see it now. You have gnomes working for you. Maybe some close up pics? Your make-over looks very convincing.
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A quick search on French Wikipedia learns that G&R were the greatest European producer of aircraft engines during the interbellum. After WWII they also made motorcycles.

Some pictures in these links, always the same model it seems:

https://www.tontonvelo.com/V48_GnomeEtRhone.htm
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jacques...4212/lightbox/
https://www.stichtingdeoudetweewieler.nl/fietsen.html

Last pic suggests the polishing job of your life, Daveyates!
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Originally Posted by CMAW
A quick search on French Wikipedia learns that G&R were the greatest European producer of aircraft engines during the interbellum. After WWII they also made motorcycles.

Some pictures in these links, always the same model it seems:

https://www.tontonvelo.com/V48_GnomeEtRhone.htm
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jacques...4212/lightbox/
https://www.stichtingdeoudetweewieler.nl/fietsen.html

Last pic suggests the polishing job of your life, Daveyates!
No thanks to the polish job lol
If you notice on that last photo the bike is different. My model has the Jeay brake type braze ons and the shifter is right near the headtube.
The last picture uses standard type brakes with a shifter further back along the top tube.
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Originally Posted by CMAW
Ah I see it now. You have gnomes working for you. Maybe some close up pics? Your make-over looks very convincing.
I'll post some close up shots another time.
You might like to look at this page about aluminium bikes https://www.blackbirdsf.org/caminade/similar.html
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Anybody watching this Alex Singer tandem on ebay?

Very cool bike!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/STUNNING-lat...t_30466wt_1398
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Bike Boom Dynamax Tour de France (Made by Motobecane)

This is an interesting bike. From what I understand, Motobecane was prevented from using their name in Canada so they rebadged their bikes as Dynamax. If you look at the forks, you can see the Motobecane "M". I especially like the graphic on the top tube.





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1960's Special Arliguie 650b Randonneur.
This one will be finding it's way to Ebay next week when i return from my holiday.

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Originally Posted by Daveyates
1960's Special Arliguie 650b Randonneur.
This one will be finding it's way to Ebay next week when i return from my holiday.

This bike brings tears to my eyes. I am going to have to apologize to my Peugeot when I see it today for lusting after this machine.
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This bike was recently featured in its own thread, but I thought it was time to bump this one!

('74 Gitane Champion Du Monde)














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I've had a few frenchies but nothing compared to your collections.

75' Motobecane Tour de' France
70's Regina sport
88' Peugeot Bordeaux conversion

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Just added another frenchie to the 'stable' :

1974 Peugeot PX10LE (frame & fork won on ebay) :



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Motobecane Grand Jubilee: My First Moto!

I like the feel of this bike! I still may make some changes to it, but for the time, I'm very pleased!


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Nice GT. What dérailleurs are on your bike?

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I like the feel of this bike! I still may make some changes to it, but for the time, I'm very pleased!

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Originally Posted by djkashuba
Nice GT. What dérailleurs are on your bike?

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Thanks for the kind words!

It came with Suntour Cyclones, but I decided to build it with Huret Duopar. I have a Huret decal for the rear derailleur, but I haven't glued it yet. The gold freewheel may be too much, but I'm going with it for now.


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Originally Posted by djkashuba
Nice GT. What dérailleurs are on your bike?

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Isn't that a Grand Jubile?
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I just found this bike somebody knows about it?


Bene Hertz???




funny it's comming from Newyorka.....
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^^ Um, are you yanking our chain?
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Originally Posted by Nicolas Ehrhart
I just found this bike somebody knows about it?


Bene Hertz???




funny it's comming from Newyorka.....
You just "found" that bike??
Are you kidding! that's a Rene Herse! Half the C&V world is looking for those!
Congratulations on the great find. PLEASE DO NOT RESTORE IT!

Oop! I see the Euro plate on the scooter, so maybe you're just kidding as you mentioned it's coming from NY. Anyway, A very nice, unmolested Rene Herse with all the patina one will want!

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Originally Posted by auchencrow
Isn't that a Grand Jubile?
In my haste, I goofed and led others astray! I made the corrections. Thanks Auchen!

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hello Chombi
I had "found" this bike because I follow someone who tel me he know someone who know ... the bear,all that to say that I had 4 Herse before this one and it's always a discover after a long search with high and low moment when you discover that the old bike is just a cheap 50" randonneur fully rusted 9/10 time....
I am a serious bike mechanist I have my own smal shop down in Paris France and the oportunity to work with all the partners from Alex Singer (chrome/paint/fillet) who used to be for some them the Herse "supply chain" but I will ride it first,this Herse bike is stamp 69-68 so it's some off the "last" Herse ,the size is exceptionnal (63*59) and the first owner was a really por guy from Central Park west NY it was stamp by Rene on the stem dust cap
I'm really happy that you enjoy this bike
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