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Old 04-03-10, 03:36 AM
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New Lejeune racer.

Hi,
I'm new to this forum and i have just bought a classic Lejeune racer bike.
Does anybody have any idea of the year of it?
I am guessing the 1980's but i don't know exactly.
Also what is the general impression of these old french bikes?
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You can often times use component numbers (marked on every component usually) to determine approximate age of a bicycle. Check this page out, compare the information there, to the information on your components and you should be able to come close to determining approximate vintage.

My guess would be mid eighties also. Nice bike.

Hope this is a help.
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Old 04-03-10, 04:17 AM
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Ok thanks for the link.
I think it has the original components so i'll check that link out.
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Old 04-03-10, 08:23 AM
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A drive side pic would be good...
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that bike has some long stays for a "racer". If it really is a racer it is probably older than '80.
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that bike has some long stays for a "racer". If it really is a racer it is probably older than '80.
Its not a top tier model, but should ride quite nice. From the transfers I would place it later 70's, but LeJeune was small, so who knows.
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Welcom Daveyates !
- More pics please! - and if you don't mind, include shots of the crank, lugs, brakes, derailleurs and tube sticker if it has one. . . That looks to be an interesting late 70's bike.
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Thanks everyone for the input.
I have been converting this bike to a single speed and so i no longer have the gears on the bike to photo.
But if it helps the gears were made by Simplex and the brakes are Mafac racer.
I haven't been able to find any serial numbers anywhere on the frame etc.
Where should i be looking?

Thanks for the welcome.
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Welcome to the forum. Your Lejeune is beautiful. Probably late 70's or early 80's. The lugs look like Nervex. Do you have bigger pictures? Always include a picture of the drive (right) side, that way we can see what components are on it.
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Here are some more shots showing frame details and some components.
Like i previously said the gears have been removed and they were simplex.
Also the back wheel won't stay on firm and safe unless i keep on the removable derailleur hanger.









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I think the bike is trying to tell you it wants its derailleurs back.
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The rear axle is too long when the mount is removed,so the quick release is just compressing against it, not the dropouts. If you remove the quick release centering springs, it might help, or get a new rear derailluer and have gears again, with a longer chain... of course.
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The rear axle is too long when the mount is removed,so the quick release is just compressing against it, not the dropouts. If you remove the quick release centering springs, it might help, or get a new rear derailluer and have gears again, with a longer chain... of course.
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I removed the gears because they were quite stiff to change and needed a bit of tuning. As i live in Paris and everything is relatively flat i thought one gear would be fine.
This set up works really well for me and the bike feels great to ride. I just have to figure out how i would go about taking off the cassette and just have one cog on there.
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I removed the gears because they were quite stiff to change and needed a bit of tuning. As i live in Paris and everything is relatively flat i thought one gear would be fine.
This set up works really well for me and the bike feels great to ride. I just have to figure out how i would go about taking off the cassette and just have one cog on there.
Paris is not that flat, reasonably flat, but one can find a hill or two, okay, a sprinter's hill.
I had a great time in Paris, happened onto Rue de Seze by mistake on a bike, first time I saw a clean autos in that city, with women who forgot to finish dressing under their mink coats waiting for a client sitting alone. Had fun talking to them, too bad it seemed they all were smoking, I guess it was a slow night, early October, the Fall strikes about to start.

Your bike does not have a cassette, it has a freewheel, you need a shop with someone who has a memory of old stuff, might try Alex Singer, but only take the wheel alone, he might get mad about the no gear plan, say you are going to repack the bearings, it probably needs it anyway.
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Originally Posted by Daveyates View Post
Thanks everyone for the input.
I have been converting this bike to a single speed and so i no longer have the gears on the bike to photo..
You can check out cyclope.over-blog.com/, which is a bike shop in paris for fixed gear and single speeds, they could help you out.

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In the photos your rear brake cable stop is messed up. It should be lined up with the cable so that the hanger points directly to the brake yoke. To fix this you have to loosen the seat clamp bolt, adjust the angle, then hold in in place while you re-tighten the bolt. After this procedure you will have to readjust the rear brake. This will help your rear brake work better and stay in adjustment longer.
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