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Opinions on a 1930/1940s French Frame

Old 07-24-13, 01:39 PM
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That's awesome - yes, I did pick it up on C&R list from a member in SF, it is now in Philadelphia.

It is interesting to see parts - especially the rear deraileur. This answers some of the earlier questions in the thread, which shows that Catnap was spot-on. It looks like there was a clip-on front deraileur. Thanks so much for posting...

Do you think the cracked headset was due to age, or maybe some front end collision? I do plan to get the frame straightened - I am guessing minor front end collison, which may have put pressure on the headset. The tape around the headbadge was also a little odd.

I am going to start by getting the frame aligned, clean it up, and just getting it out on the road to see how I like it. It is great to see pictures of what was originally in place.

Thanks again for posting!
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Old 07-24-13, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by phillyrider View Post
It looks like there was a clip-on front deraileur.
I don't think this bike ever had a front derailleur. I think it was originally a 3-speed.

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Do you think the cracked headset was due to age, or maybe some front end collision?
I don't know. The upper bearing race that screws onto the fork steerer had a chip out of it.

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The tape around the headbadge was also a little odd.
It had tape around the seatstays also. I thought maybe it was used to hold the brake and gear cables to the frame.

Good luck with it.
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Old 07-24-13, 06:27 PM
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Thanks again for your post...most helpful...
It is rare that downstream, we can see the original parts in place...very cool to see this!

I look forward to putting the frame to use and will post pics once it is up and running...as a caveat, you all will need to bear with me should I use an assortment of parts. I have some 1950 range french items that I am getting lined up.
Other items, I have happen to have around that I may put to use until I see how things go (saddle, brake levers, bars, etc..).

Thanks all for comments/suggestions...
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Old 07-24-13, 07:50 PM
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You should build it with 11 speed Campy.
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Old 07-24-13, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
You should build it with 11 speed Campy.

that's a terrible idea.


...it should be Shimano Di2 of course!
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Old 07-25-13, 07:39 AM
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Not that far off...suntour superbe brake levers, gipiemme seatpost, campy tubular wheels that I swap among other bikes...just saying. When I eventually post after pics - there will be some temporary parts/fixie.

Sourcing the rear deraileur, by itself, dips into the beer fund.
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Old 10-24-14, 11:01 AM
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Just a a long over-due update. I was able to compile parts for this build. It took a long time - but came together nicely.
I appreciate everyone's comments/feedback...
(ps. thanks BF member Catnap for help with the derailuer set)

Via bikes in Philly was able to help me get across the finish line. I did run out of steam on the handlebars and brakes - but was able to locate a period range parts. Wheels are 1920's-1930's. It rides nicely.

Via did include some pics in their blog (Oct 16 2014 update), which was pretty cool.
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Old 10-24-14, 11:12 AM
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very cool that you were able to source some parts for this, but the bar and saddle really have to go.
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Old 10-24-14, 11:29 AM
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Yes - agreed. I wanted to get the bike on the road and lacked the patience and funds to get the saddle and handlebars period range (for now). Down the road, I viewed these a finishing touches. This project was outside my range in terms of sourcing period correct parts, etc...We all like a challenge - but admittedly, I took a few short cuts at the end.
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Nice progress on the restoration!

Good job.
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Thanks - It is good to get this old bike back on the road. It is a fun Sunday ride.
I appreciated the pics of how the frame arrived in SF via France -> pretty cool and thanks for posting.
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I'd go with Velo orange re-pop parts like rims fenders/and chain guard maybe brakes too
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