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Old 03-30-13, 02:58 PM
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A few new french bikes to show

Hi guys,

(Sorry for the bad photos)

I thought i would show you my new bikes i've acquired lately.

First off a beautiful bike from the 1920s with nice geometry!
Just frame and wheels at the moment though.
Wheels size was 700A but with these tyres being rare and expensive i have changed them for 700B wheels.









Bernard Carre custom ordered velo de course with chrome lugs , half forks and half stays.
Reynolds 531 and Campagnolo record mixted with Stronglight and Mafac parts.
The chrome on this bike is in a very bad way , but who cares? It's still a beauty!
The name on the bike is handpainted and really cool.











This next bike is another custom ordered Bernard carre i suspect but i'm not 100% sure.
Super Vitus 971 tubing. Simplex Super LJ , Cinelli bars and stem. Shimano hubs but soon to be replaced with Pelissier 2000 pro hubs.
Stronglight crankset , Stronglight Delta headset , Ideale 2002 saddle with titanium rails. Mafac 2000 gold brakes.



This last one is made by Alain michel who is a famous frame builder here in france.
Reynolds 653 tubing and eventually will be all Shimano 600 tri color.
Nice 80s paint job ;-)
It was raced by a guy who went on to be a mechanic in one of the big french tour teams.


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Dang - nice collection. I've talked my wife into a day trip to Paris from London in June. Hoping to see some C&V bikes as we explore Paris.
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I like the red Carre very much, thanks for sharing. French chrome continually gets a bad reputation, from the few French bikes I have owned with chrome, I suspect it is due to a lack of prep and or not having anything under the chrome, no copper for sure and maybe no nickel layer.

My LeJeune is suspected to be built by him, one of my favorite riding bikes.
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the lugging is elegant!
thanks for sharing!
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Originally Posted by scozim
Dang - nice collection. I've talked my wife into a day trip to Paris from London in June. Hoping to see some C&V bikes as we explore Paris.
oh, you have GOT to do better than that! dude, the louvre itself will take 3 days! climb up to the roof of notre dame, visit hotel des invalides (napoleon's tomb), go up the eiffel tower, visit the artists along the seine, drink coffee at any of 10,000 bistros, ....the list goes on and on.

since you'll be with missy i won't cover the more interesting areas.

get a copy of 'madeline', the children's book, and see all the places drawn inside. a good copy will have a guide to those places inside the back cover.

ask daveyates for bike shop locations.

take lots of pics and be romantic. you may never go again.
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Awesome finds!

I don't believe I've seen a French bike with neon fade paint before. I hope I never do again.
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I think your fork's bent, in that first pic. (Just kidding, of course). I love the chrome lugs on that red one.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
Awesome finds!

I don't believe I've seen a French bike with neon fade paint before. I hope I never do again.
My idea is to use darker components to try and calm that colour down , hence the tri color.
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Good luck with that!
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I really like the Bernard Carre's, Dave. (I wish I could stumble on stuff like that here!)

The 20's bike is intriguing. - Do you have plans to build it up?
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I like the copper coloured one! look at the angles! What sized frame is that/

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Originally Posted by auchencrow
I really like the Bernard Carre's, Dave. (I wish I could stumble on stuff like that here!)

The 20's bike is intriguing. - Do you have plans to build it up?
Well i did have the frame for sale because i was in two minds whether to keep it or not.
But now i'm planning on building it up. I have nearly all the bits to build it but need to workout which bar and stem combo to use.
I have period bars but they are city type bars. I need to try and find some nice bars that will go with the frame. The good ones i've seen lately have been selling for around 400 euros. So i need to find an alternative or be lucky at a brocante!
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Originally Posted by wahoonc
I like the copper coloured one! look at the angles! What sized frame is that/

Aaron
Hey Aaron,

I think it's a 59cm ctc.
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Originally Posted by ka0use
... the louvre itself will take 3 days! climb up to the roof of notre dame, visit hotel des invalides (napoleon's tomb), go up the eiffel tower, visit the artists along the seine, drink coffee at any of 10,000 bistros, ....the list goes on and on. ...
I took a business trip to Europe in November 1982 and brought my wife (professional artist and amateur ballerina, for whom Paris is perhaps Mecca), who really enjoyed our week in London, weekend in Brussels, week in Munich, and week in Paris. When not at work with our European technical sales reps, applications engineers, and customers, I was busy climbing the Notre Dame towers (highly recommended), St. Paul's dome, the Eiffel Tower (first flight only; anything higher was closed), and several other famous monuments.
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Originally Posted by Daveyates
Hi guys,

(Sorry for the bad photos)

I thought i would show you my new bikes i've acquired lately.

First off a beautiful bike from the 1920s with nice geometry!
Just frame and wheels at the moment though.
Wheels size was 700A but with these tyres being rare and expensive i have changed them for 700B wheels.









Bernard Carre custom ordered velo de course with chrome lugs , half forks and half stays.
Reynolds 531 and Campagnolo record mixted with Stronglight and Mafac parts.
The chrome on this bike is in a very bad way , but who cares? It's still a beauty!
The name on the bike is handpainted and really cool.











This next bike is another custom ordered Bernard carre i suspect but i'm not 100% sure.
Super Vitus 971 tubing. Simplex Super LJ , Cinelli bars and stem. Shimano hubs but soon to be replaced with Pelissier 2000 pro hubs.
Stronglight crankset , Stronglight Delta headset , Ideale 2002 saddle with titanium rails. Mafac 2000 gold brakes.



This last one is made by Alain michel who is a famous frame builder here in france.
Reynolds 653 tubing and eventually will be all Shimano 600 tri color.
Nice 80s paint job ;-)
It was raced by a guy who went on to be a mechanic in one of the big french tour teams.

The alain michel is my favorite of the lot. The 653 tubing is a very high end tubing, close to the 753 and much more durable to the columbus el/os or genius tubing. Reequipping it with ultegra 6600 or duraace 7800 wit ha better set of wheels, will bring you a lot of pleasure when riding it.
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Daveyates, you really DO come up with some confoundingly cool bikes! Once again, well done sir.
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I really love the B.CARRE on that seat stay ! Nice how it is set off from the rest of the bike by the lack of colour. Great snags there Daveyates !
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