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I've wanted one for a long time and finally found a nice one!

Old 06-23-12, 09:01 AM
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I've wanted one for a long time and finally found a nice one!

A 1920's French velo de course!

This one seems to be a mixture of parts but i love it.
The wheels are four speed and non original but the tyres are original red Bergougnans!
It came with a velo de ville leather seat and so i have changed it for a very early Brooks B17.
This saddle was very brittle and looked rougher than an Aligators skin.
A quick 5 minutes with sand paper and then a soaking in polish sorted that out.
A non original alloy stem came with the bike but i have replaced it with a stem from a 1970's mixte bike.
These stems are very close to period ones of that era that was available.
The crank is an Automoto example but i'm not sure if the bike is an automoto.

Anyway the photos!



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Old 06-23-12, 09:06 AM
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Oh man. I read the headline and saw your name and just knew I was going to regret opening this thread.

I was right! Wow! Those tires really blow me away.
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That's just elegant...really like the aesthetics.
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Amazing bike. I can't believe those tires have held up so well.
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Old 06-23-12, 09:11 AM
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Look at that fork rake! and that crank is just to cool.
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Cool. Fastback stays and a wheelbase a mile long.
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That geometry is wild! I always love the colors of old French bikes. Just beautiful. Congratulations- what a find!
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Thanks guys. The tyres aren't in great shape but they are ridable! Also they would be very expensive to replace if i could find other ones.
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Square lugs?
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What is the wheel size?
Great bike!
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Amazing, that's an extremely cool bike!
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Gorgeous bike. That geometry is so relaxed it's almost asleep.
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Square lugs?
And what are the seat tube/top tube measurements?
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Awesome! I, too, like the crank.
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Originally Posted by David Newton View Post
What is the wheel size?
Great bike!
Standard 700 size.
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
And what are the seat tube/top tube measurements?
Sorry i'm not sure what you mean by square lugs?

These dimensions are centre to centre , seat tube 54cm and top tube 59cm.
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