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Baroudeur Made me hungry for a Red LeJeune, I got two. (photos)

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Baroudeur Made me hungry for a Red LeJeune, I got two. (photos)

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Old 06-21-11, 05:12 PM
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Baroudeur Made me hungry for a Red LeJeune, I got two. (photos)

In his thread here, he found a red LeJeune after not buying the first one.

By chance a pair of Red LeJeune's appeared on my local listing, I thought it was fate so I called right away.

Said I was looking forward to pick up a bike for my self and one for the wife intime for summer, and would be over at 7 that evening.







The none drive side photos leave a bit to chance, but hopefully kept other 'flippers' from being intrested. I didn't trouble the seller with asking for extra photos. I could see a stronglight 49d-ish star shaped crank on the ladies bike, a green triangle sticker on the fork leg on the mens bike and also no rack/fender eyelets. Those three things were enough to get me commited on the 120km rush hour round trip.


Pick up, I stopped by a friends house to pick up a peugeot he found at work


the mens bike was 57cm, with sr cranks, spidel gears and campagnolo hubs.


the ladies bike had mafac racer and mafac levers. Plus 49d cranks and suprisingly campagnolo high flange hubs on clincher rims.


The good luck continued, the peugeot had record hubs on clincher rims.

I got lucky this time, often I arrive and find not what I was expecting or a dent.

fortune favours the bold and all that, one more photo soon.
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Nice score ! wow, that men's Le'J has a very interesting and nice fade to the paint. I'm getting jealous of you guys in France.
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Nice score ! wow, that men's Le'J has a very interesting and nice fade to the paint. I'm getting jealous of you guys in France.
The paint is a differnt colour on each side, and it not smooth to the touch. quite bizarre

I worked on the ladies bike since it will be going to england tommorow in time for our family summer holiday.




no front derailleur as that is too complex for people to use, and will have fender and white wall tyres. It would have been a single speed but it would be a shame not to use the braze on's.
The stronglight's and campagnolo wheels are for me
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The Mens bike is much later than the majority of bikes imported to the USA. It appears as if it should be a nice handling bike. Some close ups of the head lugs, fork crown and seat stay caps are in order. Please.
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In for updates. Nice score.
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Congratulations. That's quite a tricked out mixte! and love your terrace... makes me want to go to southern france now and gobble wine in the shade all day. Sadly I have to wait till august for that!
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The Mens bike is much later than the majority of bikes imported to the USA. It appears as if it should be a nice handling bike. Some close ups of the head lugs, fork crown and seat stay caps are in order. Please.
The ladies bike is on its way to england.

I Took a few photos of the Red/pink/white LeJeune,






slj 5500



white side,



There was a name here

The paint job looks 80's to me, but back brake cable routing looks late 70's. So somewhere around 1979 / 1980?
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Just how rare is it to find French bikes in France? Just askin'. Was there ever a flood of cheap imports that forced out the domestics?
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The paint is faded from exposure to the sun. It wasn't intentional.
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From the dropouts, late 70's at the earliest, the investment cast fork crown and the the under the bracket cable routing with the lack of a derailleur braze on and traditional brake attachment points to early 80's at the latest.

Thanks for the images, an interesting bike, overall front end geometry appears as earlier, a bit shorter rear triangle, and the seat stay caps are very different.

Looks like the paint was no solar fade, done that way!
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Originally Posted by realestvin7 View Post
The paint is faded from exposure to the sun. It wasn't intentional.
.Your right, I have never seen a paint fade so artistically done!

I took some electrical tape off a white aera to revel original red.



Maybe I will expose the red parts to get an all over pink tan
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From the dropouts, late 70's at the earliest, the investment cast fork crown and the the under the bracket cable routing with the lack of a derailleur braze on and traditional brake attachment points to early 80's at the latest.

Thanks for the images, an interesting bike, overall front end geometry appears as earlier, a bit shorter rear triangle, and the seat stay caps are very different.

Looks like the paint was no solar fade, done that way!
You wanna know why I don't believe it was intentional?





Just saying.
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Just how rare is it to find French bikes in France? Just askin'. Was there ever a flood of cheap imports that forced out the domestics?
Lowest estimate, I buy a bike per week.
More like two a week.
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You wanna know why I don't believe it was intentional?





Just saying.
Like a watch/wedding ring, the front deraileur has left a tan line, on both bikes


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