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Old 12-14-13, 08:02 AM
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Unusual female race bike

Hi guys,

Ganolo is a French make which was named as such to sound Italian to appeal to more people.
These bikes were sold through Cycles Laurent which is a bike shop that is still in business in Paris.
This is a rare female version of these bikes which had the typical bend in the seat tube.

I haven't weighed it yet but appears very light and the wheel base is 95 cms.

It has a mixture of components ranging from Dura Ace crankset and Shimano 600 / 300 ex derailleurs.
Colnago engraved Campagnolo levers and CLB brakes. I have added the Sachs wheelset.
The original wheels were Campagnolo record small flange rear and a Mavic Cosmos front.
I am guessing that the original groupset might of been Campagnolo record.

The fork is chromed which appears to just need polishing and the chain and seat stays are chromed with a layer of rust.
This should polish up ok but the surface rust is worse near the bottom bracket.

I have no idea what the tubing is, the seatpost is very thin and is a 24mm ATAX plastic one.
It doesn't grip in the frame though when tightened and i think it needs a slightly wider one or just a metal one.

Here is a photo for now.


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Old 12-14-13, 08:08 AM
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Wild. I love it!
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Holy cow, that is cool!
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Old 12-14-13, 08:26 AM
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Very interesting.

Not much room for seatpost insertion.
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Old 12-14-13, 08:45 AM
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that is the sweetest bicycle i have seen this month, very unique and a keeper.
congrats!
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Old 12-14-13, 08:51 AM
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I've back in the day, I think I dated a few of those "unusual females"
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That is one awesome specimen of a bike! Any idea of the type of tubing? Looks very high-end, deserves a nice campy-suit.
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Old 12-14-13, 08:57 AM
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Looks great, those seat stays are being over stressed .....
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Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
Looks great, those seat stays are being over stressed .....
The arch will hold a vast amount of weight, don't you think?
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Old 12-14-13, 09:01 AM
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Oh i forgot here is an old advert from Cycles Laurent.

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Old 12-14-13, 09:09 AM
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Nice shop. Still open for business you say?
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That will be an elegant city bicycle!!!!
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Thanks to Norris Lockley who posted this on Flickr.



Maybe you can't see it on the photo of the bike but on the top tube is " Super Prestige ".
So according to this list the SL 37 Compact Dame Super Prestige was the top of the line for the female version.
The original buyer chose the top finish as well. Paint, Chrome fork, Chrome chainstays and seatstays.
Total cost 3370 francs frame and fork only.
Tubing is lightweight 8/10 for the full frame, any idea what the tubing is?
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la classe, quoi !!!
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Very unique, I don't think I've ever seen a ladies version like that.
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Wonder if she can nail cleats to those.
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Originally Posted by Zieleman View Post
The arch will hold a vast amount of weight, don't you think?
Yes, but the braze joint at the top of the seat stay is not meant to take that stress.
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Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
Yes, but the braze joint at the top of the seat stay is not meant to take that stress.
I must concur on that point. The one thing I can say is: we need more pics!
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Old 12-14-13, 02:00 PM
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Beautiful!
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Old 12-14-13, 02:24 PM
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Due to the lack of triangulation, I foresee fatugue issues with all of the main "triangle" joints.
I wouldin't mind getting a fitting at Cycles Laurent, however.
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Originally Posted by Daveyates View Post
Tubing is lightweight 8/10 for the full frame, any idea what the tubing is?
It might be Vitus 888, a 0.8 mm plain gauge tubeset.
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Old 12-14-13, 04:55 PM
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Weirdest thing I've seen today! It looks like the rear wheel is so far forward, the thing would handle like a TT bike....
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Old 12-14-13, 05:01 PM
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Yes, indeed, that is unusual.
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Old 12-14-13, 07:43 PM
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coolest thing I've seen it awhile! I second the city bike idea, though I'm really not sure how much stress that frame could take. I'm not even sure what to call the tubes on this thing, the seat tube is the top tube...
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Old 12-14-13, 08:31 PM
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Weird and strange, but so cool. Gotta be French!
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