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Old 02-19-14, 08:26 AM
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It's a '74 PX10LE in champagne with a cheap replacement crank, an incorrect Campy FD and cable guide and backwards brake yokes. The stem is original. It wouldn't take much to restore it and that color is very rare on a PX10.

The 531 decal was moved to the downtube in 1974.
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Old 02-22-14, 07:39 PM
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My buddies bicycle, he wanted me to share it with you.
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Old 02-24-14, 10:55 AM
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Some vintage French beauties that I've restored December-February. The weather was finally nice enough to get some pictures. Titles link to the full Flickr galleries.

1950 SPORTING 650B randonneuse / townie - 54cm




1980 J.P. Routens cyclosportif - 58cm




1978 Mercier Saleve velo course - 53cm



1970s C.N.C. Speciale randonneuse / cyclosportif - 52cm

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After much research, I (we?) believe this is a repainted '74 Champion Team



About as French as a high-end bike can be, more or less. The RD may go. And the tires are Italian. Sorry.
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Gee whillikers [MENTION=128980]Catnap[/MENTION], I never had a clue that there were so many fab French bikes patrolling Brooklyn! Four cool head-turning builds in just three months. Sacre bleu!
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
After much research, I (we?) believe this is a repainted '74 Champion Team

About as French as a high-end bike can be, more or less.....
Top-of-the-line AND French at the same time. I just can't get any better than that, Jim!
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Hi Catnap,
Thanks for posting good pictures showing Special C.N.C. in details. Your blue beauty looks great.

By coincidence I am restoring my personal C.N.C. I raced many years ago. For a long time I have been looking for opportunity to get such flat image of the front badge! It can significantly help me to move forward in reconstruction of the front badge that was lost.

I would appreciate your input very much if you could take more pics of the front badge focusing on the right, center and left side and let me know some dimensions of it. The best way, of course, would be to make a paper – pencil copy of the badge wrapping it by tracing paper and using a sharp pointed pencil.

Thank you.
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P.S. I would be glad to answer your questions about C.N.C.
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Old 03-02-14, 02:54 PM
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My Peugeot PY10 1978





My Motobecane Equipe Pro 1982









Peugeot PK65 1979 of my wife.

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What is a PK65? I love it.
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The description of PK65 is here

https://mysite.verizon.net/imagelib/s...%20Randonneurs
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That Sporting is HOT!
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My Follis is getting close to completion.


The bike was motivated by the purchase of these "Iris", made by CLB, brakes. Found the Follis frame on ebay shortly after buying the brakes. Then found a Follis branded saddle on ebay and the bike came together. Even managed to find a Zefal pump, local bike shop find, that fits the pump pegs.
Need to get a normal size water bottle. Hard to find.
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Thanks! I understand almost all of it, so that made me proud. My French isn't very good.
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Hi, Tom-

Nola Wilken on her blog Restoring Vintage Bicycles has an interesting article on buying and refurbishing a PK 65. Link is here.
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My 1970-71 UE-8, acquired a few weeks ago. Mostly original (chain guard included as well, but is not attached in photo). Among the bits that aren't: Peugeot-badged Simplex long-cage RD, random pedals, Mavic Module E2 rims, Kenda K 193 Cremes (which I added for some pop). It's a bit beat up, but rides nice and makes me smile. Based on the rides in this thread, I'm sure it's a turd in the punch bowl for most of you. But I love my slug pug! Thanks for your patience!

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Originally Posted by AL1310
Hi Catnap,
Thanks for posting good pictures showing Special C.N.C. in details. Your blue beauty looks great.

By coincidence I am restoring my personal C.N.C. I raced many years ago. For a long time I have been looking for opportunity to get such flat image of the front badge! It can significantly help me to move forward in reconstruction of the front badge that was lost.

I would appreciate your input very much if you could take more pics of the front badge focusing on the right, center and left side and let me know some dimensions of it. The best way, of course, would be to make a paper – pencil copy of the badge wrapping it by tracing paper and using a sharp pointed pencil.

Thank you.
Regards,
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P.S. I would be glad to answer your questions about C.N.C.
Hi Alex, I will try to take those pictures for you soon. Please PM me with your email address and I will send them to you. I only have a little information about the C.N.C. brand, condensed from what I found online. It's written up here: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...te-restoration!

If you have any more info, like a line-up of the various models, if they had names, etc. and anything else, I'd love to know! I'm going to be writing up a full blog article on the restoration this week and it would be helpful.
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My 1970-71 UE-8,... Based on the rides in this thread, I'm sure it's a turd in the punch bowl for most of you.
Not so! There is a lot of love here for Peugeots of that era.

My commuter waiting for the commuter train, from last year:

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Hi, big chainring-

Most shops don't stock regular water bottles anymore. I found California Springs brand bottles in the traditional style available through Niagara Cycle out of Niagara Falls, New York. I've linked here to their page. Hope that helps.
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Jim, I just noticed you and I are the only two people left using the old bottle generators.
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Originally Posted by bertinjim
Hi, big chainring-

Most shops don't stock regular water bottles anymore. I found California Springs brand bottles in the traditional style available through Niagara Cycle out of Niagara Falls, New York. I've linked here to their page. Hope that helps.
Excellent. Thanks!
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Hi, Tom-

They are good but definitely out of fashion. They're light, cheap, efficient (if you get the ball bearing version) easily wired, don't require a special wheel and braze-ons for contact points and offer no drag when off. Puzzling but there it is.
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Originally Posted by big chainring
Need to get a normal size water bottle. Hard to find.
Check the Specialized website. One nice thing about their bottles is a patented (I believe) glass lining which prevents the water from tasting like plastic.
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Originally Posted by noglider
Jim, I just noticed you and I are the only two people left using the old bottle generators.
Bertinjim pretty much nailed it. A BG simply works. It never runs out of batteries. A hub generator may weigh less, but I'm not sure the difference is significant. And you can disengage the BG. A HG may have less drag when it is running, but I don't really run mine all that much. A few times I ran it on my entire commute on rainy days, but it never prevented me from getting to/from work, now did it?

The main reason I use mine is because I own it. Have owned it for 40 years so I guess it has paid for itself.

Or maybe you and I are the only remaining cavemen.
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Wow lots of new elegant machines posted!

The Special CNC is especially nice

To most people they would say that the CNC was built by Bernard Carre because of the seat cluster treatment.
But i've always wondered whether they used that style themselves as well.

Here is a bike i have just finished.

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jimmuller (or is it actually jimmüller?), a generator hub is much heavier than a bottle generator. It also costs a lot less. I got one off a 30 year old Fuji that a neighbor gave me in a trade. That's on my Raleigh Twenty. I bought a few more off ebay for about $7 each. I have a nice old Miller on my Super Course.

I have a generator hub on my Bianchi Volpe (which you saw in the steel last summer). It's heavy, which contributes to an already heavy bike. But the drag when running lights and when not running lights is utterly imperceptible. So on that bike, I run lights day and night, which is sort of a good thing. I like having a bike where there are no decisions or even any preparations to make.
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