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Early 60s French barn find, need help with ID.

Old 09-25-13, 04:59 PM
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Early 60s French barn find, need help with ID.

Literally pulled this out of a barn in rural Wisconsin with a few other bikes. Some weird details. Huret Svelto RD, 4-speed Atom freewheel, alloy Atax wingnuts (IIRC those are worth big money), Mertens saddle, Weinmann brakes, 'Gloria' wheel lock thingy, aluminum fork crown. The tires are 26 x 1 3/8" Sears, obviously not original. Any ideas on era (I'm guessing somewhere between '58 and '65), brand, or value?
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Old 09-25-13, 05:10 PM
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Wow, that looks like its been left in the barn shortly after that license plate was mounted, judging from all the dirt on it already.... A true time capsule!
I always wonder why these bikes end up forgotten in some dark dingy corner of a barn....
I'm almost afraid to find one myself, lest there's a ghost attached to it....
Heck, come to think of it, a good half of my stable might have been originally owned by someone dead already....
I hope they don't miss their rides....
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Is that saddle leather and are the rails aluminum?
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Old 09-25-13, 09:55 PM
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Saddle is plastic, rails are aluminum.
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Old 09-26-13, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Wisco View Post
Saddle is plastic, rails are aluminum.
Springs underneath? Does it say Coreur on the side? I had one of those on a Carlton Corsa. I don't think that's what your bike is, though. That's quite a project you have there.

Btw I thought the saddle was pretty comfortable, but it weighed a ton.
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Old 09-26-13, 08:38 AM
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Time to get the kiddie pool out and fill it with Savogram wood bleach (OA) and give it a derusting bath, Hooterville style!
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The Huret deraillers are somewhat unique.
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the chainset looks as though it may be a Solida. BB appears to be an RGF. have found these to hold up better than the more commonly encountered Bardon REWAX MD.

Huret made some very nice off-white rubber covers for those shift levers.

combination of a four-speed gear block and a cable operated front mech is slightly unusual, but then gear block may not be original to cycle. what is the make of the gear block, something like Moyne?

please keep us posted as you disassemble.
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