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Old 06-09-10, 01:30 PM
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(photos) Visting an Amazing private french bike collection

I rode across to the dauphine-libere today to watch the time trial


When I went to take a photo with ventoux in the background a spectator noticed my vintage bike and we had a chat. After the race had passed I asked if I could ride back to the local town with them since I was rather lost.


when in town he invited me and two of his friends in for a drink,






he spoke about the bikes as we looked around, I think this one was riddern by bobet. It has two cables to opperate the rd


the bike on the left apparantly was the first bike to win the tour de france,




another room, full of amazing bikes, like that gios super record



I took a over a hundred photos, I'l post some more once I have picked out some more good photos.
I think I have seen these bikes on a french blog before, but can't remember the name of the blog.
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Incredible!
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This is private? You cant just go there during hours of operation?
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Incredible!
Yes!, Incroyable!!

Chombois.....
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This is private? You cant just go there during hours of operation?
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It is just his garage on the side of his house, with the freezer in there just like any other garage. I think he sometimes takes his bikes to show and tell but its not an official museum


guessing by the numbers, he takes these to put on tempary display


pug front


pug back




















unfortunatly not signed, but worn.
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This is off the charts.
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hors categorie.
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I give this gentleman's collection a standing ovation.

Arguably the greatest compilation of classic TdF memorabilia I've seen, if not the greatest in the world.

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holy crap. thanks for posting!
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
I give this gentleman's collection a standing ovation.

Arguably the greatest collection of classic TdF memorabilia I've seen, if not the greatest in the world.

-Kurt
There was so much to see in every corner, such as behind this table!




he has been collecting along time, bernard thevenet at his house



my favourite section, all top of the line

all the way along



the place was packed, so I geuss he has stopped collecting? Found this hidden behind a ladder


he said he enjoyed repairing woodern rims



thank you! It was incredible to get to look around
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Sacre Bleu! Raison d'Ítre!!,,,,BD
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So who is who in the picture?
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Man Cave of the Century!!

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Post of the year award.

More pics more pics!!!
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Thats amazing. Every one of those bikes looks like its ready to ride. Pump up the tires and be on your way. And look at the vintage water bottles, the saddles all amazingly preserved.

The number of Jerseys is astounding. The whole thing is astounding.
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So who is who in the picture?
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The man in the middle is 'lino' whos house we are at.
The man on the left runs a cyling club in provence, the man on the right is a trainner for a club in the area and it was both their first time visiting the house.
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Thats amazing. Every one of those bikes looks like its ready to ride. Pump up the tires and be on your way. And look at the vintage water bottles, the saddles all amazingly preserved.

The number of Jerseys is astounding. The whole thing is astounding.


It was also very well organised, in an order of age.

The strange thing was, there was no piles of junk or spare part piles. if you visit my bike cave there are piles of wheels and half built bikes all over.
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More pics more pics!!!
I dont think anyone would complain if you just emptied your camera into this thread over time.
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Man Cave of the Century!!

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This cannot be real. It must be some really good photoshopping trick. I mean HOW? Did he tell you how he got all this stuff? If he ever publishes a book I want a copy. I'll go back to school to shape up my french for this. He must have a ton of stories with all these memorabilia.
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What a fantastic collection. Makes mine seem paltry. It's hard to imagine what it must be like to be invited to see it. We are genuinely privileged that you shared your photos with us. Thanks for posting!,
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This cannot be real. It must be some really good photo shopping trick. I mean HOW? Did he tell you how he got all this stuff? If he ever publishes a book I want a copy. I'll go back to school to shape up my french for this. He must have a ton of stories with all these memorabilia.
As for 'how', he was a good cyclist and there are many photos of him from the 80's and think he said he had been collecting for 40 years.
I'l have to go back to back to talk to him about it all another day. It was a bit overwhelming for me to speak much french!

not sure what I have and have not posted, so here is a link to my photos, http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/colehill/DaphineLibreDay# (the first 25 photos are out of focus)

If you spot anything intresting repost the picture and then discuss
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this is a fabulous treasure trove of cycling history
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Wow! That's what i imagine heaven will be like. Thanks for the pix!!
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