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Old 08-19-10, 01:32 PM
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Dang,........I need a Gitane myself to build up, an 80's Columbus tubed Pro.......with the little number tag tab under the TT, so I can once and for all pretend to be Hinault. Got all the major Mavic bits together, but I have no idea how I will ever find the frame. Also have a whole bunch of Stonglight stash together for a Peugeot PY10-FC build, but I can never find one thats not all beat up to hell and the right size!....Maybe the PY10-FC was just junk that easily fell apart????.....blehhhhh........

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Haral Chambery

Having owned this frame since the early '90s, just recently I found more info on this rather unusual frame thanks to a helpful ebay watcher. Personally I love this bike and it is surprisingly stiff and accelerates better than my other steel rides. I have torn down and built up this bike at least 3 times, now it's finally how I wanted it........for now.
headset: stronglight
stem/handlebar: 3T/Scott
derailleurs: Chorus 9spd front; Athena rear, Victory shifters
crankset: Corce dAnue
seatpost: Record
brakes: Cobalto calipers wit Dia Comp levers
wheelset: Mavic 550 hubs laced to Sun hard annodized rims with Wheelsmith bladed spokes; Dura Ace 7spd freewheel
saddle: Flite Titanium

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They were based near Chambery in the Haute Savoie alps...I remember
the first day I ever visited them...on industrial estates in such a
wonderful part of France. The Swiss type emblem on this frame is the
emblem of Haute Savoie..so the frame is truly French..and
top-of-the-range. The tubing is definitely not Reynolds or Columbus, but
is EXCELL Mexico II series. The tubes were made by Gautier-Trousell of
Longueville, near Paris for Excell. The gauge is .6mm, plain gauge , with
a resistance to rupture of 1180/1380N/mm(sq)...it's wonderful stuff

Haral5 (Medium)..JPGHaral2 (Medium)..JPGHaral4 (Medium)..JPGHaral3 (Medium)..JPGHaral1 (Medium)..JPG
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My French Herd

These are the French bikes in my herd - a 1972 Peugeot PX-10, 1983 Peugeot P8, and a date-as-yet-to-be-determined Follis 072.

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The idiot previous owner of the PX-10 drewed the frame making it impossible to hang original components on the rear, so I've used a hanger for the Shimano 600 RD. I plan to swap it out with a Simplex SX610 when I find a nice example. The P8 is a dream ride - honestly! - updated components, but still friction shift. The Follis is almost complete and I'm considering setting it up as a randonneur.
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The Chambery - What a gorgeous bike!
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Old 11-18-10, 03:41 PM
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1982-3 UO-14, work in progress.






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Old 11-18-10, 03:45 PM
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85 or 86 PH501

Unfortunately, at the moment it doesn't look quite as good as the photos show. I got caught out in a couple of downpours while riding, and the bike took on a little bit of a mud bath. On a good note, the fenders work pretty damn good.






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Old 11-18-10, 04:05 PM
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The Chambery - What a gorgeous bike!
+1 Exquisite.
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Old 11-18-10, 09:14 PM
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Here's mine, I don't know why but French bikes just seem to find their way into my garage.

Vitus 979, Bought with the intention of flipping.



Mid 70's Tour de France, Keeper for sure.



My wifes 1975 Motobecane Nomade,



My sons '72ish Ao8, he doesn't ride it with the seat that high.



Late 70's Uo8, Also for a flip.



Gitane Gypsy, flipped this summer.



'80's Peugeot, flipped this summer to a friend.



That's all that's complete but I have a white Uo8 in the works now as well.
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Old 11-18-10, 10:09 PM
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My 1975 Motobecane Le Champion. I got it done a week ago and managed only 1 ride before the snow hit :-(IMG_0782..jpgIMG_0781..jpgIMG_0779..jpgIMG_0778..jpg
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Old 11-19-10, 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS View Post
Here's mine, I don't know why but French bikes just seem to find their way into my garage.

My sons '72ish Ao8, he doesn't ride it with the seat that high.




Whoa, I have what's been identified as a PL8 that has the same color. I don't think I've seen another one - lots of blue, white and dark green Pugs but not this light, champagne color of green.
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My 87 Interclub with 531 pro frame

which replaced my loved but too big Super Corsa
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Old 11-19-10, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by scozim View Post
Whoa, I have what's been identified as a PL8 that has the same color. I don't think I've seen another one - lots of blue, white and dark green Pugs but not this light, champagne color of green.
I've never seen another this color either, check this site out http://retropeugeot.com/ that's how I dated it and ID'd it. I think I'm right anyways.

I believe the PL8 came out in the 80's but again I could be mistaken.

BTW- My son found that bike at a local garage sale for $10.00


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motobecane 72

1972 Motobecane Team Champion, with original saddle and brake levers off for riding purposes. Not the best pics.

See link to album of this bike below. Thanks
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Old 11-19-10, 07:33 AM
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Here's mine. 1972 Motobecane Team Champion, with original saddle and brake levers off for riding purposes. Not the best pics.
Impressive! - Would like to see more and better pics.
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
my one and only french bike, a 1972 jeunet 630, made into a porteur:

BEAUTIFUL! Love that color.
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Impressive! - Would like to see more and better pics.
Thank you Auchen. I'll see if I can do some better pics.
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Good lord there are some beautiful bikes here!
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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS View Post
I've never seen another this color either, check this site out http://retropeugeot.com/ that's how I dated it and ID'd it. I think I'm right anyways.

I believe the PL8 came out in the 80's but again I could be mistaken.

BTW- My son found that bike at a local garage sale for $10.00


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Here's the info I got from Tom Simmons from the Retro Peugeot website a couple of years back. My dad bought the bike as a fixed gear and then had it converted back. The paint is in really bad shape (down to the bare metal in several places) but I can't get rid of it.

... Based on the color (champagne?), the decals, the pump pegs on the top tube, the fully painted fork, and the black lugs, I believe you have a 1972 or 1973 PL8. Note that your bike has the braze-on on the left seat stay for a generator, so it likely had fenders, lights and a rear rack. Too bad they are gone. This bike was probably not originally purchased in the United States, since it does not match the AO8 (the U.S. equivalent)...
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Let's see if this works. 1972 Motobecane Team Champion

http://s1227.photobucket.com/albums/...20bike%20love/
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Originally Posted by scozim View Post
Here's the info I got from Tom Simmons from the Retro Peugeot website a couple of years back. My dad bought the bike as a fixed gear and then had it converted back. The paint is in really bad shape (down to the bare metal in several places) but I can't get rid of it.

... Based on the color (champagne?), the decals, the pump pegs on the top tube, the fully painted fork, and the black lugs, I believe you have a 1972 or 1973 PL8. Note that your bike has the braze-on on the left seat stay for a generator, so it likely had fenders, lights and a rear rack. Too bad they are gone. This bike was probably not originally purchased in the United States, since it does not match the AO8 (the U.S. equivalent)...
Interesting, I didn't go through every page of the thread and I can't see half the pics from work but is yours in here somewhere?

Sounds like we do have different models, mine has the pump pegs on the downtube and no sign of ever having fenders but I'd like to see the color of yours.
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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS View Post
Interesting, I didn't go through every page of the thread and I can't see half the pics from work but is yours in here somewhere?

Sounds like we do have different models, mine has the pump pegs on the downtube and no sign of ever having fenders but I'd like to see the color of yours.
Here's some old photos. The one on the wall you can see the generator tab on the left seat stay. This is a long term project. It sat in the basement of my dad's office for at least 10-12 yrs with no use. For many years he just used it during the winter on his indoor trainer.

I've done some cleaning and need to get a cotter press since the cotter pins are completely mangled now. I have gone back and forth on repainting. It's got character the way it is, but man it's ugly in a few spots. I'm also not completely convinced on how I'll build it back up. It had an 80's style Phillippe stem that moved over to another Peugeot. I'll get a Pivo for this one. The original derailleur isn't there. The front is original but cracked. The Mafac brakes had been replaced with Altenberger's. At this point I'm looking at building it up with an almost complete Shimano Tourney group - I have the centerpull brakes, crankset and a Shimano Tourney rear derailleur. I also have Shimano non-aero brake levers. I'll go with a VO cartridge French thread bb.







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Here's some old photos. The one on the wall you can see the generator tab on the left seat stay. This is a long term project. It sat in the basement of my dad's office for at least 10-12 yrs with no use. For many years he just used it during the winter on his indoor trainer.

I've done some cleaning and need to get a cotter press since the cotter pins are completely mangled now. I have gone back and forth on repainting. It's got character the way it is, but man it's ugly in a few spots. I'm also not completely convinced on how I'll build it back up. It had an 80's style Phillippe stem that moved over to another Peugeot. I'll get a Pivo for this one. The original derailleur isn't there. The front is original but cracked. The Mafac brakes had been replaced with Altenberger's. At this point I'm looking at building it up with an almost complete Shimano Tourney group - I have the centerpull brakes, crankset and a Shimano Tourney rear derailleur. I also have Shimano non-aero brake levers. I'll go with a VO cartridge French thread bb.


Cool bike, mine has some very definite patina as well but other than cleaning I'm leaving it alone. Any idea what's up with the cable routing? Was it like that when you inherited it?

Both derailleurs on mine have been replaced and the wheels are more modern aluminum wheels but otherwise it's pretty original.

Different head badge on yours also.

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I've cleaned a lot of the grease off the bike and it looks pretty good now. The pictures with the cables are exactly how I got it. I'm not sure what was up with the duct tape to hold the cable housing - it'll take awhile to get it off. It definitely wasn't needed. Probably should post it in the dumb things people have done to bikes.

I have a set of Super Champion tubular rims that'll replace the steel ones on it now. I'll use the same hubs though.
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So is yours a French market bike? I was looking through all the brochures and couldn't find it anywhere except the French brochure, it's neat seeing some of the stuff that turns up.
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