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Old 02-08-12, 11:24 AM
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I've just found a Grail bike! French Constructeur Randonneur content.

It's not a Rene Herse or Alex Singer but i love it!

I'm so excited i had to post this before uploading the photos
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You tease you !!!!!!
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Old 02-08-12, 11:28 AM
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I only went to the shop to buy a brake and this bike was just sat there.
He hadn't even thought of a price!
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Pictures or it didn't happen.
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I'll have to believe everything they say about the French is true.....unless I see some pics!
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Here is a little tease for Rootboy

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Old and grimie, just like I like my bikes and women!
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Looks like just another entry-level 80's UJB to me....
You'll have to POST A LOT MORE PICS to prove otherwise, Daveyates!
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Oh, that's my mom's old bike. When will you be available for my sister to pick it up?

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Thanks Daveyates. Pierre Catin, does that say?
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Ok guys here is a drive side view.
Under the grime the condition is actually very good.

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Old and grimie, just like I like my bikes and women!
Old and grimy, just like I like my French wine bottles !
Can't wait to see it all cleaned up.
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SCORE!!! Congratulations - looking forward to more pics. I just love a good campeur.
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that is quite a bike... congratulations.....
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That bike looks like it could go to all corners of the planet!
Somethng one would expect Lawrence of Arabia or Hemingway would chose to ride.........Oop's!, maybe I'm a little bit "over-gushing" here....
Nice grail find Dave! Congratulations! Now lets see that resto started soon!

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I'm moving to Paris....
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Man that looks as heavy as my first balloon tire bike with the gastank!
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Oooh, looks like a nice find! Dave, you certainly have the knack! More pics, please?
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Oh damn! What a find!!

Even comes with a red constructeur combo lock.
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Dang. Look at the contraptions on that thing. Is that another Simplex "suicide" front derailleur? That front wheel looks a little funny on there but what a score. Can't wait to see close ups of this bike.
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I'm moving to Paris....
+1. Seems we are all either wanting to move to Thunder Bay (randyjawa's hometown) or Paris about now!
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Holy smokes.. that thing is hot..
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I'm moving to Paris....
Moi aussi. Why should one person have the entire French C&V market to himself?
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Well the bike is completely stripped now with just the crank to remove. The condition of the paint on the frame is looking better than i first thought.
There are a few little chips here and there but i think it is going to clean up well.

The component list...
Aluminium Normandy clone Exceltoo super competion hubs.
Aluminium Super champion rims.
A Duprat Universal crank.
Morvil cantilever brakes
Ideale 63 leather saddle.
Simplex ( Grand Prix ) Rear derailleur.
I'm not sure of the front derailleur marque but the outer cage is snapped off.
Pivo , Philippe clone Stem.
Aluminium Randonneur bars and brake levers.
Roto Phare dynamo.
The Campeur racks are made from hollow pipe.

I'll post some more photos of the frame tomorrow.
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