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Old 10-11-15, 03:55 AM
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Pretty "Grand record" !
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Originally Posted by moto635
Here's my 1974 Peugeot U 08- I just finished it. This is my first resto- probably not my last. It rides really well, and my LBS thinks it came out of some time warp LOL. Thanks for the nice forum :-)



Well done. It looks very clean. What bar tape and saddle did you use? My first restoration was a '74ish U08 and that started my love for French bikes and wrenching. Keep it up and do you have more pictures?
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Thanks Greg for your kind comments! The bar tape is actually real white leather sewn together- it is a kit sold by Velobitz in the UK The seat is a NOS French Pryma which is a dead on match to the oem ADGA Chatillonnaise 28A. Here are a few more pix:
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Old 10-29-15, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis
My Peugeot that has been modernized with a compact 2x9. Took her for my first spin to work today! Just finished up working on it last night













The longest reaching brakes I have come across - Dia-Compe 750s
I like this retro commuter build very much. Is it still the bike of choice for your commute?
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Old 10-29-15, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by greg3rd48
I like this retro commuter build very much. Is it still the bike of choice for your commute?
Yup!
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Old 11-11-15, 05:27 AM
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here are my two French bikes, both Berthoud.
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Old 11-11-15, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by jr59
here are my two French bikes, both Berthoud.
Theres a silver one too eh? nice! what brakes are on that silver one?
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Originally Posted by MZilliox
Theres a silver one too eh? nice! what brakes are on that silver one?
The Silver one, is What Berthoud calls his rando bike. It has Paul canti on the back and I sent the fork off to remove the studs from it, b/c modern cantis would not fit and I wanted to keep the Vitus fork. A Pauls long reach is on it now. And it works like a champ!

It also came pre wired for a dyno. You can see the wire wrapped around the rear stay in the pic. Still trying to figure out what the rear braze on is mid way on the rear stay.
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Old 12-30-15, 10:29 PM
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My Bertin. Don't know much about it. It is a pleasant bike to ride.
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Old 12-31-15, 02:13 AM
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Lejeune

I thought some of you fans of French bikes might be interested in seeing this one. It's probably my favourite bike, and certainly my best find of all, even better than a 1948 Rene Herse frame for 51 euros. I stumbled on this when I responded to a local Craigslist ad for some Campy brake levers. The seller said he also had an old Lejeune in the garage. I almost told him not to bother getting it out, picturing some bike boom special. He wheeled out a dilapidated racer, but I could see it at least had Campy parts on it. I lifted it up, and that really got my attention. It turned out to be a '76 BP-Lejeune team bike ridden by two-time world pursuit champion Roy Schuiten. The 753 team bikes were built by BACO, and they had some neat details.

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Old 12-31-15, 02:40 AM
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There are some Lejeune admirers here that are going to be quite taken by this particular bike - i imagine those pedals will be replaced by some appropriate Campagnolo ones soon! Must be a rare one!
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Old 12-31-15, 08:58 AM
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Living as I do right next to Camp Lejeune Marine Base people ask me why I don't have one. Keep looking for one I tell them but they never seem to fall into my lap.

Very nice example Duke7777. Nice pedigree as well!
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Old 12-31-15, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Duke7777
I thought some of you fans of French bikes might be interested in seeing this one. It's probably my favourite bike, and certainly my best find of all, even better than a 1948 Rene Herse frame for 51 euros. I stumbled on this when I responded to a local Craigslist ad for some Campy brake levers. The seller said he also had an old Lejeune in the garage. I almost told him not to bother getting it out, picturing some bike boom special. He wheeled out a dilapidated racer, but I could see it at least had Campy parts on it. I lifted it up, and that really got my attention. It turned out to be a '76 BP-Lejeune team bike ridden by two-time world pursuit champion Roy Schuiten. The 753 team bikes were built by BACO, and they had some neat details.

Very nice. Now I know why CV-6 really wants one.
A Lejeune was the bike I was riding on with my initial racing successes.
Not nearly as nice at this one.
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Old 12-31-15, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Duke7777
I thought some of you fans of French bikes might be interested in seeing this one. It's probably my favourite bike, and certainly my best find of all, even better than a 1948 Rene Herse frame for 51 euros. I stumbled on this when I responded to a local Craigslist ad for some Campy brake levers. The seller said he also had an old Lejeune in the garage. I almost told him not to bother getting it out, picturing some bike boom special. He wheeled out a dilapidated racer, but I could see it at least had Campy parts on it. I lifted it up, and that really got my attention. It turned out to be a '76 BP-Lejeune team bike ridden by two-time world pursuit champion Roy Schuiten. The 753 team bikes were built by BACO, and they had some neat details.

Good looking bike. I bet it's really light, too.
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You find some radical bikes mr Duke 7777
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Looks pretty French to me!

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Thanks for posting this beautiful machine and piece of Dutch racing history.

BTW, I've met Roy's son Rob a couple of times at C&V events. A really nice guy, who's very much interested in his dad's stuff. I've seen him post on LFGSS, if you would like to get in touch.

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(...) It turned out to be a '76 BP-Lejeune team bike ridden by two-time world pursuit champion Roy Schuiten. The 753 team bikes were built by BACO, and they had some neat details.

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Originally Posted by Duke7777
I thought some of you fans of French bikes might be interested in seeing this one. It's probably my favourite bike, and certainly my best find of all, even better than a 1948 Rene Herse frame for 51 euros. I stumbled on this when I responded to a local Craigslist ad for some Campy brake levers. The seller said he also had an old Lejeune in the garage. I almost told him not to bother getting it out, picturing some bike boom special. He wheeled out a dilapidated racer, but I could see it at least had Campy parts on it. I lifted it up, and that really got my attention. It turned out to be a '76 BP-Lejeune team bike ridden by two-time world pursuit champion Roy Schuiten. The 753 team bikes were built by BACO, and they had some neat details.

Sigh....

Someday. It took me over 10 years to find my NOS (at the time) Champ du Monde. Patience, patience.

I would like to have heard the story of how the seller came to have a team bike.
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My mid-70's Gitane Olympic. Finished the build on Nov 12 and got in an 8 mile shake down ride. Since then the winter cold and snow has prevented any further rides.

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Lejeune 753

Originally Posted by non-fixie
Thanks for posting this beautiful machine and piece of Dutch racing history.

BTW, I've met Roy's son Rob a couple of times at C&V events. A really nice guy, who's very much interested in his dad's stuff. I've seen him post on LFGSS, if you would like to get in touch.
Thanks non-fixie - I've actually communicated with Rob many times over the past few years and have told him he's first in line when I decide to sell. Rob sent me some great photos of his father and also had a couple of interesting stories to tell. Based on the frame specs, this bike was probably used by Schuiten in time trial events. Back then, a time trial bike wasn't much different from a regular road bike.
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Originally Posted by CV-6
I would like to have heard the story of how the seller came to have a team bike.
The fellow I bought it from found it in a sporting goods consignment store in Vancouver in the early 90s, but that's all I know.
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Originally Posted by Duke7777
The fellow I bought it from found it in a sporting goods consignment store in Vancouver in the early 90s, but that's all I know.
NFW. Guess I need to start checking the local consignment shops for hidden gems.
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Originally Posted by Duke7777
Thanks non-fixie - I've actually communicated with Rob many times over the past few years and have told him he's first in line when I decide to sell. Rob sent me some great photos of his father and also had a couple of interesting stories to tell. Based on the frame specs, this bike was probably used by Schuiten in time trial events. Back then, a time trial bike wasn't much different from a regular road bike.
Good! Small world, if you happen to like bikes.
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NFW. Guess I need to start checking the local consignment shops for hidden gems.
or stalking former world champions!
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Gorgeous bike! I really like the detail at the end of the fork blade. I'd love to see more detailed pictures.
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