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Old 04-27-16, 07:48 PM
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Thanks! I really like the super vitus frame, it's so comfortable. The Mirage sport looks like a bike that would get lots of usage, it has such clean lines, yet so sporty, hence the name I guess. I've been wanting to pick one up for a while.
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Originally Posted by Duke7777
Here's a French brand that was fairly prominent from the early 1900s through the 1950s, but then seemed to disappear. I bought this as a bare frame and built it up using some of my favourite French and Italian parts from the 1950s.
Your work simply knocks me clean out me tree!

Still have yet to recover from the azurene lion...

Were you able to find the transfers or did you have to have them made?

What make are those riveted chainwheels, Cyclo?

Thanks again for sharing this beauty.
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Old 04-27-16, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by juvela

Were you able to find the transfers or did you have to have them made?

What make are those riveted chainwheels, Cyclo?
I couldn't find Metropole transfers anywhere, so Gus Salmon made these excellent water-slide ones for me. The Durifort tubing decals are from Velocals.

Yes the alloy chainrings are Cyclo. Very nice and light, although I need a lower gear.








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My wife's Christmas present that she did not ask for, but was completely surprised and thrilled with in her favorite color.



And with one of my Merz's that is almost the same color.

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Originally Posted by Duke7777
I couldn't find Metropole transfers anywhere, so Gus Salmon made these excellent water-slide ones for me. The Durifort tubing decals are from Velocals.

Yes the alloy chainrings are Cyclo. Very nice and light, although I need a lower gear.
IIRC the smallest dentition with this rivet circle of 152mm is 43T. One would need a chainwheel set with the rivet circle of 116mm to get lower. Then one gets into the wrap capacity of Monsieur Juy.
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1970s Motobecane

So I'm finaly done with my restoration project, 1970s (circa '78) Motobecane Grand Touring.

Check pics https://goo.gl/photos/iKwvgcjSqVzLEQDF7

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How about a French Wanna be!

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My '74 Peugeot U08 in its current state as my utility bike and daily commuter.
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Originally Posted by greg3rd48
My '74 Peugeot U08 in its current state as my utility bike and daily commuter.

Love it!
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Originally Posted by jcb3
Love it!
There's just something about that Peugeot graphics scheme - At first it looks awfully... busy. But then you realize that every element on there tells a story. It's sort of like the cycling equivalent of a Native American totem pole. Then it makes sense.

Beautiful bike, BTW. I probably should have written that first...
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@jcb3 @DQRider Cheers! Thank you kindly. I have to agree, I really do love the graphics that Peugeot employed in the '70s. This U08 I picked up as a trashed frame with no wheels from a picker right over the Ferry in Staten Island. She is in much better shape now.
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@rsandoval75002 Excellent work, your Moto is lovely. I would love to see the before pictures.
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Hello, would anyone happen to know where I can find tires and tubes for my son's kids Gitani Nantes 44 race bike it looks identical to the green one also the old tire reads 500 x 32 A. Is there an alternative size I can use and where to purchase. Any help would be appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Imani
Hello, would anyone happen to know where I can find tires and tubes for my son's kids Gitani Nantes 44 race bike it looks identical to the green one also the old tire reads 500 x 32 A. Is there an alternative size I can use and where to purchase. Any help would be appreciated.
You may find it helpful to explore this forum thread -

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...roadbikes.html

You do not mention your location. This forum thread gives one source for the 500A size:

https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bi...50a-tires.html

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Just to help move the thread along - a couple of shots while riding around on the P. Peschi yesterday:






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One French beauty , one sweet American made. Both too fun and exciting to explain. Full Campy, full Shimano. Brushpuppy
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5 Speed PX-10 with Fenders and Upright Bars and rhm #148 saddle

A joy to ride (and look at)

Seems to be coming together with the addition of the Lyotard Berthet pedals

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A 70's Gitane Super Olympic (IIRC)
Unfortunatley its not mine, as I waited too long and the Kijiji advertisement was gone.
Oh what could have been. Its the one that got away...
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1976 MOTOBECANE SPECIAL SPORT
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1970s "MODIFIED# PEUGEOT PE41
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1976 MOTOBECANE SPECIAL SPORT
I'm a Peugeot guy, but that Motobecane is sweet!
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Originally Posted by jcb3
5 Speed PX-10 with Fenders and Upright Bars and rhm #148 saddle

A joy to ride (and look at)

Seems to be coming together with the addition of the Lyotard Berthet pedals

Nice! Beautiful upright conversion. I am finishing up my first townie conversion now, a Pug A08.
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Originally Posted by jcb3
5 Speed PX-10 with Fenders and Upright Bars and rhm #148 saddle


Seems to be coming together with the addition of the Lyotard Berthet pedals

& ville toe clips!
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Originally Posted by juvela
You may find it helpful to explore this forum thread -

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...roadbikes.html

You do not mention your location. This forum thread gives one source for the 500A size:

https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bi...50a-tires.html
And it seems they are not available at all in North America. That source is in the UK. That may be your best bet. The alternative is switching to wheels which are similar in size that have tires more readily available.
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My Haral project built with Excell Champion Du Monde tubing (carbon/kevlar lined internally) and Excell Mexico I headtube. I am building this up with Edco Competition headset, nos Spidel Simplex SLJ 6600 rear derailleur, no front dr as yet, nos Spidel Mafac LSX2 brake set, Campy BB, Campy seatpost (although I still need to find a 27.4), Pelissier 2000 Professional hubs with Mavic MA2 rims, Cinelli bars and stem, Gilles Berthoud saddle, Specialites TA pedals. Undecided on the crank set at this point.

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Originally Posted by VintageRide
Just to help move the thread along - a couple of shots while riding around on the P. Peschi yesterday:






I love this P.Peschi. It is in incredible condition!
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