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Old 06-09-12, 08:22 PM
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any help on this french bike

gonna go look at this tomorrow. any one have any info on this. and how much should i pay for it. he wants 80 bucks. he attempted to turn it into a single speed but he has all the original parts. its a1970's G. lapiere superlux
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Old 06-09-12, 08:36 PM
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Go for it $80 is a good priceJust make sure you know about the quirky things about french bike,ie BB,headset,stem size.but french bikes do ride great.
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thanks. i know nothing about french bikes and have never heard of this brand. but it does seem like a good deal for 80 bucks..
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go to sheldonbrown.com theres abunch of info on french bikes there.
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I have two French bikes and they do indeed ride wonderfully. However, French tubing and threading are different than BCS. Even the steering tube is different, 22.0 instead of 22.2 as in most bikes. Handlebar stems for French bikes are not easy to find. You had better do some research at Sheldon Brown and then decide if you want to get into this. Really, eighty bucks is nothing. Again, they are wonderful riding bikes.
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Seems like a good enough deal to me, as long as it's not totally trashed out. Since all the components are there you don't need to stress out over the French sizing. This is classic early 70's bike boom fodder, I'd buy it just for that.
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Also Velo Orange sells a very nice french headset & french thread cartridge style BB for not too much $.
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I love French bikes, but that's gas pipe with steel rims. I'd hold out for something with a little more life in it.
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Originally Posted by bibliobob
I love French bikes, but that's gas pipe with steel rims. I'd hold out for something with a little more life in it.
Yeah but it"s $80
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You are looking at an entry level Bike Boom recreational ride with steel tube set, stamped or pressed steel drops, and steel cottered crank set. The bike is missing some fundamental parts, such as the transmission and rear brake assembly. Eighty dollars? I would keep looking for something better known and in complete condition. Putting much money into that bike might prove to be a mistake, in my opinion.
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he has all the original parts for it. he made an attempt at a single speed. i did pass on it though. i want to fill my collection, but not with entry level bikes. thanks for all the replys.
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G. LaPiere's were abundant in the early 70's. Very basic 10 speed, comparable to a Peugeot UO-8 or Gitane Grand Sport Deluxe. I recently bought a UO-8 in similiar condition, though it cleaned up beautifully, to the bike you're looking at. I think its a great riding bike. I would imagine the G. LaPiere is a good rider as well.

A good deal at $80? How much will you spend fixing it up? Wheels, brakes, and whatever. Take that into consideration as well.

EDIT: OK reread the original post. If he has the original parts to the bike, I wouldn't hesitate.
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seller stated he put new cables,tires and handlebar wrap on it. plus he has front and rear derailleur,shifters and the other brake and lever.is this a bike worth putting in someones fleet?
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At some point, you'd just be stuck trying to resell it. It may have been only $80, but, unless you're retired, there's only so much time to work on projects. better to hold out for a high end keeper project, or one that will net you some cash for the bike fund. This does neither. I love mid level French bikes that have some interesting components and at least a chromo main triangle, but this has little to offer other than looks.

Good move to pass on it.
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If you have a fleet? No. Its an entry level bike, with all the french quirks. As a recreational bike to start with? Sure, $80 is fine. Since you used the term "fleet", I am going to assume you already have plenty of bikes. At that point, my advice is to look for a smokin hot deal on something higher up the food chain. No rush, so time is on your side.
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Not so much a fleet, more like a squad right now but I am trying to expand. Included are my Ciocc mockba, colnago super, trek madone a couple mountain bikes and 3 prewar fat tire bikes,
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