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Why hasn't classic French randonneur bikes got chromed lugs?

Old 05-18-13, 05:33 AM
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Why hasn't classic French randonneur bikes got chromed lugs?

Why hasn't classic French randonneur bikes got chromed lugs?
For what reason; manufacturing, weight, perfomance, function, price, tradition, looks, ...?
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Old 05-18-13, 06:08 AM
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Too pretentious for the French. It may have something to do with cheese as well.
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Too pretentious for the French. It may have something to do with cheese as well.
I tend to think it's all about the cheese.

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I've seen many and there was certainly no shortage of fully chromed classic randonneuses.







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Yes of course they exist.
But that's mostly for the bling/top special ones. If you search for vintage randonneur bikes you will find that most of them are not chromed. That's why I asked.

I would not say that chromed lugs looks that classic on a French rando.

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Chrome requires quite a bit of effort to keep up. It is not cheap, many French rando' bikes are not top level machines, they were tools to enjoy cycling. Some had a few costly components and my guess money was spent where it meant the most to the owner like the saddle.
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Chrome requires quite a bit of effort to keep up. It is not cheap, many French rando' bikes are not top level machines, they were tools to enjoy cycling. Some had a few costly components and my guess money was spent where it meant the most to the owner like the saddle.
That's closer to what I think as well. A tool for the job at a decent price. Look at today's long distance adventurers traveling on bikes.
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I thought chrome lugs were only for the top end ones for nearly every kind of bicycle until the bike boom hit, and they were trying to sell flashier looking bikes on the sales floor on looks alone.
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Yes of course they exist.
But that's mostly for the bling/top special ones. If you search for vintage randonneur bikes you will find that most of them are not chromed. That's why I asked.
Because during the "golden age" of these bikes, French people could barely afford them as they were?
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IME the typical French chrome work is nothing to write home about. There is nice French chrome, but I see not so nice more often.
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