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Old 06-28-12, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
Thank you very much! I've always said that the French had a way with gas pipe. That 620 rides pretty nicely. It's only slightly overweight. The PX10 tubular wheel set is a big help.

I'm getting ready to sell off some of my bikes to help finance a pool table, but I'm going to keep that one.

Please keep your Nor Cal Francophiles in mind when you have your garage sale. Slate table?

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Originally Posted by Nicolas Ehrhart
I just found this incredible Motobecane supose to be a "service course" but one thing is shure this bike was build in spain by Zeus....


unfortunaly it's a 54*54 too small for me...
I see gold....grab that bike if the price is right. The gold components are high dollar. As for built in Spain...no. Just Spanish dropouts. Just as Raleigh using Campag drops did not make the frame Italian built.
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Originally Posted by CV-6
I see gold....grab that bike if the price is right. The gold components are high dollar. As for built in Spain...no. Just Spanish dropouts. Just as Raleigh using Campag drops did not make the frame Italian built.
really???

it's a Zeus frame build in Zeus factory cause of the lug and especialy the seat stay shape when those tube joint the front triangle,chrome style and so on...... a team was riding those bikes but unfortunatly I cant remember is name

look at this> https://www.speedbicycles.ch/bikes/38.../speed_008.jpg
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Originally Posted by Nicolas Ehrhart
really???

it's a Zeus frame build in Zeus factory cause of the lug and especialy the seat stay shape when those tube joint the front triangle,chrome style and so on...... a team was riding those bikes but unfortunatly I cant remember is name

look at this> https://www.speedbicycles.ch/bikes/38.../speed_008.jpg
No, really.

You have found a Zeus bike on the net which does indeed look like the Motobecane. But you have not provided any written or anecdotal documentation that the bicycle identified Motobecane was indeed. built by Zeus. Got a catalog? Maybe an article from the day? Bear in mind that lugs, etc were available to other frame builders. Builders copied features. An example that come to mind is the similarity in seat stay caps used by some Lejeune and some Raleigh frames. You may be right...it may have been built by Zeus. But I don't think you can say that as a certain fact yet unless you have some info you have not shared.
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Originally Posted by djkashuba
Please keep your Nor Cal Francophiles in mind when you have your garage sale. Slate table?

-D
I'l post them on this Forum first, but I don't plan to sell any of the French bikes. If you see them for sale, you'll know I've gotten desperate for cash. I like bikes, but I love French bikes.

Yes, slate for sure. I want to go have a look at these in Santa Clara. They look great online, but the price seems too low for them to be decent quality. There's another shop in Stockton that I want to check out if they're still in business.

https://www.billiardwholesale.net/p34...duct_info.html
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VERY nice Gaucho! It appears that you upgraded the essential bits too. (rims and derailleurs) - I'm sure the ride is just wonderful.
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Just the rear derailer has been upgraded.. That chain guard is designed to work with the Prestige front derailer. An all metal version exists, but is rare and expensive.
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Thanks, Auchen. Yes, I upgraded the RD, along with the wheels, brake pads, and saddle. The chaingaurd is an upgrade, too. The bike came with an outer ring guard. Though this chaingaurd is meant for the prestige FD, it's not original. I also have some metal Simplex shift levers I haven't yet installed.
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Bernard Carr้ Vitus frame built mostly Campagnolo until I change my mind.


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Just picked up this Gitane Nantes 44 yesterday. I really know nothing about French bikes. Frame quality, durability, etc. Is this worth investing time and money in for a general road/touring bike? Can someone tell me where the serial number is located? Help and thoughts would be appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Len S
Just picked up this Gitane Nantes 44 yesterday. I really know nothing about French bikes. Frame quality, durability, etc. Is this worth investing time and money in for a general road/touring bike? Can someone tell me where the serial number is located? Help and thoughts would be appreciated.
Your bike is pretty much like a U-08 (entry level) road bike, but if it is like the other French boom bikes, it offers a ride that far outclasses its place in the hierarchy.
Gitanes are known for being especially good rides and it doesn't hurt that it's beautiful too.

Apart from a thorough down to the bones rehab and alll new rubber and expendables, the one upgrade you ought to do is to replace those steel rims with some alloy hoops that look the part. I'd suggest a set of Sun CR18 rims.
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Just finished putting together this old Gitane School. I just have a couple of things todo, I've some old G40 rims I want to lace up to something (these wheels are from another bike really) and then it'll be more or less done.





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Thanks for the reply.

I put together a Youtube presentation of 3 minute presentation of bike pictures. To make it go fast and hopefully supplying some pleasure in it I set it to some French music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2i5GrYI3XU
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Just finished putting together this old Gitane School.
Beautiful!
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Originally Posted by Len S
Thanks for the reply.

I put together a Youtube presentation of 3 minute presentation of bike pictures. To make it go fast and hopefully supplying some pleasure in it I set it to some French music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2i5GrYI3XU
Very nice presentation!

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One for the demoiselle, a young woman now with a French bike. Today, she took it out for the first time and told me she really loved the bike, "people were turning their heads, dad!". (Dad refrained from further comments).




More importantly, what the heck does a three tube sticker do on a mixte frame, should be two or four!
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Originally Posted by CMAW
One for the demoiselle, a young woman now with a French bike. Today, she took it out for the first time and told me she really loved the bike, "people were turning their heads, dad!". (Dad refrained from further comments).



Maybe there are a lot of bike-forum'ers around you? I've never seen your daughter(nor do I mean to be creeping on your daughter), but if I saw a girl
on that bike I'D stare. That's a fantastic bike. I love the bars, those look so much nicer on a mixte than drops.
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Peugeot & Motobecane Super Mirage. First light in 15+ years said the previous owner, need some cleaning.

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Here is my old Peugeot, I'm actually restoring/upgrading it since the picture was taken (aluminium rims instead of Rigida Superchromix fitted on the original high flange hubs, and the frame will be sandblasted and powdercoated soon (it's not visible on the picture because of the color, but there is lot of rust)



And here is my Girlfriend Peugeot 3 speed with 650B tyres

Since the pictures was taken, I replaced the saddle with a brown one with springs











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Well, they're really the kids', not mine, but....

Oldest's son's (13) Motobecane Junior Sprint: this bike is really fast for him at the local velodrome.




Second oldest son's (11) Peugeot G50 (?)



Oldest daughter's (9) 550A Gitane Midget Racer -only one I've ever seen with 550A wheels: (Thank God Hutchinson still makes tires in this size!)



Next younger daughter's(7) 500A Gitane Midget Racer-really fast on this too.



And all four together:


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Look at all those tiny French road bikes! Adorable!
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delcrossv: motobecane, peugeot, gitane's - your children are very fortunate to have such fine bicycles- love the color varieties, and the good condition. Thanks for the display photos, very, very nice. Particularly the group shot.
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