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Old 02-02-13, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by papik
Picture of my 60 s "LA PERLE"
That's an attractive looking La Perle, papik. Very uncommon on this side of the pond.
You should re-post with some detail pics, and a drive-side photo.
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Yes, it is a pretty bike, with typicals French components of the 60s, frame built with "RUBIS" tubes (ancestor of "VITUS") MAFAC "racer" brakes, STRONGLIGHT chain transmision, SEDIS chain , JEX fork....it is a modern version of the bike which won the 1951"TOUR DE FRANCE" with the Swiss champion Hugo KOBLET....
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Originally Posted by papik
Yes, it is a pretty bike, with typicals French components of the 60s, frame built with "RUBIS" tubes (ancestor of "VITUS") MAFAC "racer" brakes, STRONGLIGHT chain transmision, SEDIS chain , JEX fork....it is a modern version of the bike which won the 1951"TOUR DE FRANCE" with the Swiss champion Hugo KOBLET....

Well when I saw that it was red, I knew it was fast, but I never would have imagined its frame was built with "RUBITS" cubes!

Seriously, very lovely bike you have there. It appears to be remarkably long-legged for a racer, but I'd wager it's a fabulous ride.
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1976 Motobecane Grand Jubile

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Originally Posted by auchencrow
Well when I saw that it was red, I knew it was fast, but I never would have imagined its frame was built with "RUBITS" cubes!
When I first read the note I thought it was made with hubris.
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Originally Posted by fettsvenska
1976 Motobecane Grand Jubile

Very nice fettsvenska. I see you have you GJ all dressed-up for it's original intended purpose. (You certainly have yourself a very classy-looking bike to make that long haul.)
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
When I first read the note I thought it was made with hubris.
I think we both need to see our optometrists, Jim.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow
I think we both need to see our optometrists, Jim.
No, I just figured it was French. Or made with rubits zirconium.

But it is a nice bike! Bet it rides nicely too.
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Thanks Auchen. Here is a link to the details in case you're interested...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/5579964...7630062404536/


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Very nice fettsvenska. I see you have you GJ all dressed-up for it's original intended purpose. (You certainly have yourself a very classy-looking bike to make that long haul.)
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Indeed, with is name LA PERLE (the pearl) and his frame built with RUBIS tubes it is a real treasure......
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peugeot "pulse"

my PEUGEOT "pulse" with aluminium frame and crmo fork , not really a vintage (just 13 years old....)an excellent bike but too little for me ...
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An other interesting bike , this "BLONDIN", made in Alsace (France); Blondin was a local cyclist champion who makes up and markets his bikes with his name in his store of Strasbourg .
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One of my favorite bike, this 1975 " Lucien AIMAR" (L.Aimar was the winner of the "Tour de France" 1966....
Frame and fork are made by "ELVISH", 3 reynolds tubes, and a 40-52 chainrihgs , excellent to climb the little pass around...
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Originally Posted by papik
One of my favorite bike, this 1975 " Lucien AIMAR" (L.Aimar was the winner of the "Tour de France" 1966....
Frame and fork are made by "ELVISH", 3 reynolds tubes, and a 40-52 chainrihgs , excellent to climb the little pass around...
Great, papik, you're bringing lots of nice new bikes to the forum. Thanks for sharing them! I have a soft spot for bikes like this Aimar. It seems to have been part of a wave of "tre tubi" offerings from French manufacturers during the mid-seventies, like the Peugeot PR10 and the Gitane Racing Team (if that's the correct model name - please correct me if I'm wrong!). They provided most of the pleasures of a top-end model at little more than half the price. They were (and still are!) great value.
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(...) "RUBIS" tubes (ancestor of "VITUS") (...)
Aha! That explains this decal on the seat post of my Gitane:

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Here are pics of two of my Peugeots, a '71 PX10 and an '83 UE8M - essentially a European U08 with fenders (both with a couple little updates since last I photographed them):











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FYI,
The proprietary sized (23mm) seatpost on my 1985 Vitus Carbone is branded as "Rubis". Never encountered the "Rubis" brand before I got the bike. I suspect the relationship maybe extended back to Vitus' "Bador" days......

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I hope you all aren't too tired of seeing my Look! It's French, so I may as well add it to this thread.





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Like the Look of it
+1 Three different colors of housing?
- On THAT bike, it's a big three thumbs up!
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Originally Posted by auchencrow
Here are pics of two of my Peugeots, a '71 PX10 and an '83 UE8M - essentially a European U08 with fenders (both with a couple little updates since last I photographed them):




I really like that color, Auchen. Scozim is working on a PX 10 project in that same color.

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Nice work Gaucho. I like the 'period correctness' of that. Very Nice
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Thanks, Roger, and right back at you! That's a clean machine you have there.
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More Frenchy goodness. Here's an updated shot of my '74 UE-8 with all the usual upgrades: Ideale saddle, Kool Stop brake pads, new wheels (Normandy Luxe Competition HF hubs laced to Mavic Monthlery rims, Dugast 32mm tubular tires - nice!), long-cage metal RD to replace the delrim OEM unit, metal Simplex shifters. I also replaced the outer ring gaurd with a full-sized Simplex chain guard. Oh, and I finally found a replacement tail light to boot.

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Randy - Fab job on your UE8 ! And congrats on finding that tail light. No small accomplishment.

Roger - I still haven't seen a Grand Touring to top that big blue one of yours.
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