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Free Bikes are the most expensive - Roger Riviere

Old 08-23-13, 08:05 AM
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Free Bikes are the most expensive - Roger Riviere

Neighbor dug an old Roger Riviere out of his garage and gave it to me. I only had an hour to to play with it last night, I was excited so I started disassembling.
It looks as though it hasn't been ridden in years. But the tires look good and hold air. Missing the seat post bolt and accompanying rear brake hanger/thingy.
Cottered cranks felt loose and with great trepidation I attempted to remove the cotters, expecting hours and hours of work, they almost fell out on their own.
Front wheel was wobbly and very very dry and loose. I had a harder time getting the wheel out of the fork then I did getting the cotters out of the crank. Lubed it up and adjusted the bearings. Still needs to be trued and de-rusted.
Paint looked like rust was seeping through and rubbing compound seemed to do nothing, but goo-gone made the paint look white again. (And seemed to remove a bunch of paint, will have to go very lightly.) Brake hoods were really disgusting, they fell apart as I was trying to use the brakes.
The Roger Riviere foil decal on the downtube was not even put on straight.
I am vowing now to spend as little as possible on this bike. I had a seat bolt with brake hanger/thingy from an old schwinn letour in my parts box and that seems to fit fine.
I haven't heard good things about french chrome, but I am going to attempt to just clean up all the metal parts with wd-40 and aluminum foil and see if they can shine like the schwinn stuff.
Came with a working Schwinn light set. (Bulbs work!)
Simplex Prestige front and rear derailleur - I actually have a spare set taken from an old Grand prix that I can use for parts (although, the one's on the Riviere seem to be in good condition.)
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More pictures to follow! I am not a great restorer, but I can disassemble clean and reassemble with the best of them!
First french bike for me!
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Old 08-23-13, 03:53 PM
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If you think free bikes are expensive, get a kitten...
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Old 08-23-13, 04:16 PM
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The most money I ever spent on a bike was for the Masi Gran Criterium frame that a friend gave me. Paint, hubs, rims, spokes, headset, BB, derailleurs, cables, pedals, clips & straps, stem, saddle, binder bolt, seat post, bar tape, tubes, rim strips, tires, pump, bottle and frame. A few parts were donated. That "free" bike cost me over $1000, I'm sure. It was worth every penny too.
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Hey jimmuller don't you have boxs n boxs of parts. I thought all you vintage guys would have spare parts around the house.
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Free bikes often have high hour cost also......my last free bike took a lot of time to remove the frozen seat post....and nevermind the time spent on bottom bracket correctness for an Ofmega crankset. But the end bike is a ton of fun.
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Hey jimmuller don't you have boxs n boxs of parts. I thought all you vintage guys would have spare parts around the house.
Yeah, right. Not that kind of stuff! Would you put a VGT-Luxe and Mafac centerpulls on a Gran Criterium? Didn't think so.

This is the highest-end bike I've ever owned, and the only one with Italian threads. My previous bikes were French or English-threaded. Except for the parts which came with the frame (some of which were clearly wrong), I had nothing appropriate. But I couldn't turn it down, now could I? Somebody gives you something you have to deal with it. Especially a Masi frame.
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i like your thread title.

there was one of these roger riviere bikes on seattle's craigslist for over a year. it looked really cool -- mostly orange with matching fenders. but it needed all new consumables, it was heavy and priced at $250. i had to pass.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
Yeah, right. Not that kind of stuff! Would you put a VGT-Luxe and Mafac centerpulls on a Gran Criterium? Didn't think so.

This is the highest-end bike I've ever owned, and the only one with Italian threads. My previous bikes were French or English-threaded. Except for the parts which came with the frame (some of which were clearly wrong), I had nothing appropriate. But I couldn't turn it down, now could I? Somebody gives you something you have to deal with it. Especially a Masi frame.
I do have to laugh a little. I have a tote full of parts that I have either found or bought at garage sale. i have a set campy hubs and set of new the box set of Modolo Professional Brakes that came out of the garbage can. But I also have Mafacs and lessor parts too.

The best bike I have now was trek 1500 that came out of the garbage heap.

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I went thru this about two years ago - I had sold and wrenched Roger Riviere's back during the bike boom (they were actually built in the Gitane plant). Even though realizing that I was deliberately going in waaaaay over my head and common sense, I did an insane amount of detailed restoration to it. The kind of work you'd do on a Colnago, etc. Justification was bringing back the old memories.

There's quite a thread on this board regarding the effort. It came out looking beautiful. Then I started riding it . . . . . . .

Hint: Never own a Roger Riviere of this vintage and a like Peugeot UO-8 simultaneously. There is absolutely no comparison between the two. The UO-8 belongs in a Tour de France peloton compared to the Riviere. The Riviere is a quality bottom of the line bicycle from the time, period.

I ended up selling the bike for my usual $125-150.00 that my flipped bikes go for, to another collector (not a college student). One more pair of rose colored glasses shattered.
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Dug it up, here's the thread:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=Roger+Riviere
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Originally Posted by dwightisright View Post
Hey jimmuller don't you have boxs n boxs of parts. I thought all you vintage guys would have spare parts around the house.
Yes, until the wife cleans up. Then, nothing's "gone," it just can't be found.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
Yeah, right. Not that kind of stuff! Would you put a VGT-Luxe and Mafac centerpulls on a Gran Criterium? Didn't think so.

This is the highest-end bike I've ever owned, and the only one with Italian threads. My previous bikes were French or English-threaded. Except for the parts which came with the frame (some of which were clearly wrong), I had nothing appropriate. But I couldn't turn it down, now could I? Somebody gives you something you have to deal with it. Especially a Masi frame.
Have you shown us this bike?

I have one that's too small for me, but it is a fantastic ride.
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Yes, until the wife cleans up. Then, nothing's "gone," it just can't be found.
I feel your pain. Nothing is worth than tidying up performed by a person who has no idea what they are looking at.
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That thread was the first one I saw when I got the bike home. Thats when I learned it wasnt some custom made high end French rareity! The prestige derailleurs forwarned me a little!
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If you think free bikes are expensive, get a kitten...
LOL , or a German Shepherd.
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I feel your pain. Nothing is worth than tidying up performed by a person who has no idea what they are looking at.
I recently found a USB cable tucked away in a corner of the panty. I know how it got there. Now, why it got there is beyond me.


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Have you shown us this bike?
Only a few hundred times, but that never stopped me from posting it again!



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I recently found a USB cable tucked away in a corner of the panty. I know how it got there. Now, why it got there is beyond me.



Only a few hundred times, but that never stopped me from posting it again!



The Roger Riviere is not quite as nice as this bike. Close though.
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Yes, until the wife cleans up. Then, nothing's "gone," it just can't be found.
Been wifeless. Perhaps that how come I came way with the Monodo brakes you aren't missing a set? Also that might be a reason the trek got trashed. Now if I could only find that missing USB cable ....

Hey jimmuller don't know what I like best the red Masi or red car its parked next to. Anything thats red in color is fine by me.

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