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Old 02-19-16, 07:00 PM
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Cool. Is that the VO Grand Cru chainguard and if so, how was the installation. Neat & Clean? Do you like it visually? I think I do, but never seen one in the 'flesh'. Maybe a side shot, close but more than just the chainguard, for perspective. It could go on a black vintage roadie I'm building.

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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Cool. Is that the VO Grand Cru chainguard and if so, how was the installation. Neat & Clean? Do you like it visually? I think I do, but never seen one in the 'flesh'. Maybe a side shot, close but more than just the chainguard, for perspective. It could go on a black vintage roadie I'm building.
You know, it's funny that you mention this. I bought the Plume Alaire from VO on sale last Summer because I thought it looked really cool. Then I put it on a shelf in my shop, and went on with other builds. Once I finished those builds, I looked at this piece again, and decided to build a bike around it. I'm impressed that you zeroed right in on my inspiration.

Here's a shot from the side, taken on the same dark, gloomy morning. I'm rigging cables on it now, and we should get some sunshine this weekend, so I'll post more pics when it's done.



The installation was simple, but quite fiddly to get it just right. You end up adjusting one side, and that throws the other off, so you go back and forth until you strike the right balance. I think it is quite beautiful on this bike, since I designed the build around it. I would like to see photos if you decide to go ahead with your build.
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Titanium!
I'm installing fenders, a rack, panniers, water cages and lights, so it won't be this clean and pretty long.


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Originally Posted by DQRider
You know, it's funny that you mention this. I bought the Plume Alaire from VO on sale last Summer because I thought it looked really cool. Then I put it on a shelf in my shop, and went on with other builds. Once I finished those builds, I looked at this piece again, and decided to build a bike around it. I'm impressed that you zeroed right in on my inspiration.

Here's a shot from the side, taken on the same dark, gloomy morning. I'm rigging cables on it now, and we should get some sunshine this weekend, so I'll post more pics when it's done.



The installation was simple, but quite fiddly to get it just right. You end up adjusting one side, and that throws the other off, so you go back and forth until you strike the right balance. I think it is quite beautiful on this bike, since I designed the build around it. I would like to see photos if you decide to go ahead with your build.
What a gorgeous creature. I can't find much history on Abbey, and the name seems to have been associated with more than one bicycle company. Got any links to references?
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Is that Mt Lake on Orcas island? It looks like my favorite campsite!
xiyangshen - no, that pic was taken from a rail-trail in Mass. It does indeed look like a great spot to camp tho!
More pics of that bikepath: Mass Central Rail Trail
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My very badass beach bomber.

Whoa!!! Not just badazz, but uniquely BAD-AZZ.
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Old 02-20-16, 08:08 AM
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What a gorgeous creature. I can't find much history on Abbey, and the name seems to have been associated with more than one bicycle company. Got any links to references?
Canklecat, you are the first (of many, I hope) to be fooled by my little ruse on this project. Since I built the bike around a single part, I didn't want to spend too much money. So I bought on old Gitane Gypsy Sport on CL for fifty bucks and stripped it down to its hi-tensile steel frame. I must have taken twenty pounds off it, and the remainder still feels like at least ten. But I'm using all alloy parts wherever I can in the build, and it should be a reasonable weight once finished.

As you probably know, Gitanes of the mid-seventies used a decal for the headbadge.

Abbey, I am told, was a spinoff of the Wheeled Goods Cycle Company out of Minneapolis, so it was local to me. I saw the headbadge on eBay for about ten bucks, liked that look, and found that it fit perfectly on this bike. And it was just obscure enough that people will be mystified by it when they see it out in the wild. I have another headbadge that says simply "French", which was another obscure bicycle company out of Baltimore, Maryland, but I would have to cut that one down to fit. I'm not ready to do that, although it would be a more accurate representation.

So far, this bike has parts from France, England, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan (of course), Japan (of course), and the good ol` US of A. The name "Gypsy Bleu" is a nod to the frame's origin, and as for type, I call it a "Eurasian-Nexus Path Racer" (Nexus-8 hub). Basically it is an artistic exercise that I hope will be almost as nice to ride as it is to look at. If I get bored with it, I can pull all these components off and use them on other projects, and sell the frame on to someone building a "fixie".

This is what happens when you are stuck in Minnesota and don't have any winter hobbies.
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Re: Titanium!

That will make one sweet commuter, I'm sure, but what a gorgeous machine it is in this photo!

I don't lust after Italian exotics, or any of the super-light, unobtanium competition bikes out there. But there is just something so right about Motobecane Titanium bikes, especially this one with disc brakes. I think I have just glimpsed my new Grail.

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Not the bike I ever thought I'd end up with, but I'm glad I have it. This picture was taken on this morning's ride. I apologize for the quality -- it was taken with my phone.


Oh, yeah -- I'm 59, don't think of myself as old, especially after a ride.
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Canklecat, you are the first (of many, I hope) to be fooled by my little ruse on this project. Since I built the bike around a single part, I didn't want to spend too much money. So I bought on old Gitane Gypsy Sport on CL for fifty bucks and stripped it down to its hi-tensile steel frame. I must have taken twenty pounds off it, and the remainder still feels like at least ten. But I'm using all alloy parts wherever I can in the build, and it should be a reasonable weight once finished.

As you probably know, Gitanes of the mid-seventies used a decal for the headbadge.

Abbey, I am told, was a spinoff of the Wheeled Goods Cycle Company out of Minneapolis, so it was local to me. I saw the headbadge on eBay for about ten bucks, liked that look, and found that it fit perfectly on this bike. And it was just obscure enough that people will be mystified by it when they see it out in the wild. I have another headbadge that says simply "French", which was another obscure bicycle company out of Baltimore, Maryland, but I would have to cut that one down to fit. I'm not ready to do that, although it would be a more accurate representation.

So far, this bike has parts from France, England, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan (of course), Japan (of course), and the good ol` US of A. The name "Gypsy Bleu" is a nod to the frame's origin, and as for type, I call it a "Eurasian-Nexus Path Racer" (Nexus-8 hub). Basically it is an artistic exercise that I hope will be almost as nice to ride as it is to look at. If I get bored with it, I can pull all these components off and use them on other projects, and sell the frame on to someone building a "fixie".

This is what happens when you are stuck in Minnesota and don't have any winter hobbies.
That's marvelous! A homebrewed path racer. Looks perfect. Curious to hear more about it after you've ridden it awhile.
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Uh-0h, here we go.....

'88 Cannondale Criterium Series, my personal build for speed:


'77 Colnago Super, my gentlemans racer:


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I love to admire these gorgeous, high-end, lightweight road bikes, but I don't think I'll ever own one. I appreciate the beauty of form-follows-function, the outstanding craftsmanship and quality that goes into each one of them.

However, I won't wear Lycra, and I prefer to sit up and look around while I'm riding. Basically, when I'm on one of my bikes, I'm just an 8 year-old boy in a 52 year-old body.

I have just finished building Gypsy Bleu, and took a couple photos. But the lighting and backround are Minnesota at its ugliest; with snow, mud, and muck everywhere you look. So here's one shot of the finished build. More to come once Spring has sprung.

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Originally Posted by DQRider
I love to admire these gorgeous, high-end, lightweight road bikes, but I don't think I'll ever own one. I appreciate the beauty of form-follows-function, the outstanding craftsmanship and quality that goes into each one of them.

However, I won't wear Lycra, and I prefer to sit up and look around while I'm riding. Basically, when I'm on one of my bikes, I'm just an 8 year-old boy in a 52 year-old body.

I have just finished building Gypsy Bleu, and took a couple photos. But the lighting and backround are Minnesota at its ugliest; with snow, mud, and muck everywhere you look. So here's one shot of the finished build. More to come once Spring has sprung.

[IMG][/IMG]
That it just gorgeous! I could swear I've seen that chainring guard (if that's what it's called) before. Where did you get it? And how about those handlebars! Also beautiful!

Note: had to edit this, because I forgot to mention how cool that rear fender is...

I'm very envious of people who can put together their own bikes. My neighbor can do it, but he's had years of experience. Ah, some day...
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That it just gorgeous! I could swear I've seen that chainring guard (if that's what it's called) before. Where did you get it? And how about those handlebars! Also beautiful!

Note: had to edit this, because I forgot to mention how cool that rear fender is...

I'm very envious of people who can put together their own bikes. My neighbor can do it, but he's had years of experience. Ah, some day...
The chainguard is called "Plume Alaire", and is from Velo Orange. As I mentioned earlier, that's the piece I started with, and I just sort of built the bike around it. This is more of a dynamic sculpture than any kind of practical transportation device.

The fender is from Woody's, one of his "Chopped Chort" pieces, this pattern is "Honduras Mahogany Classic". Looks like a skateboard I made when I was in high school. Got to keep those wet racing stripes off my back.

My test ride revealed excellent handling and brakes, but the Nexus 8-speed hub is very finicky with the (8-speed indexed) thumb-shifter I have mounted on the stem. Grip-Shift, or even Rapid-Fire is just wrong for this bike. Time to consultan expert, but who is our IGH guru now that Sheldon Brown has passed? Any suggestions?
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Originally Posted by DQRider
I love to admire these gorgeous, high-end, lightweight road bikes, but I don't think I'll ever own one. I appreciate the beauty of form-follows-function, the outstanding craftsmanship and quality that goes into each one of them.

However, I won't wear Lycra, and I prefer to sit up and look around while I'm riding. Basically, when I'm on one of my bikes, I'm just an 8 year-old boy in a 52 year-old body.

I have just finished building Gypsy Bleu, and took a couple photos. But the lighting and backround are Minnesota at its ugliest; with snow, mud, and muck everywhere you look. So here's one shot of the finished build. More to come once Spring has sprung.

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What a cool bike!
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Originally Posted by DQRider
I love to admire these gorgeous, high-end, lightweight road bikes, but I don't think I'll ever own one. I appreciate the beauty of form-follows-function, the outstanding craftsmanship and quality that goes into each one of them.

However, I won't wear Lycra, and I prefer to sit up and look around while I'm riding. Basically, when I'm on one of my bikes, I'm just an 8 year-old boy in a 52 year-old body.

I have just finished building Gypsy Bleu, and took a couple photos. But the lighting and backround are Minnesota at its ugliest; with snow, mud, and muck everywhere you look. So here's one shot of the finished build. More to come once Spring has sprung.

[IMG][/IMG]
I try not to covet my neighbor's ass nor anything that is my neighbor's, but, dayum... I'm feeling awfully covetous right now. That thing is so stinkin' cute.
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Originally Posted by DQRider
My test ride revealed excellent handling and brakes, but the Nexus 8-speed hub is very finicky with the (8-speed indexed) thumb-shifter I have mounted on the stem. Grip-Shift, or even Rapid-Fire is just wrong for this bike. Time to consultan expert, but who is our IGH guru now that Sheldon Brown has passed? Any suggestions?
Ask in C&V, there are a ton of IGH riders over there. They would also appreciate this creation.
Handlebars? Inverted Northroads have too much drop for me.
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Originally Posted by canklecat
I try not to covet my neighbor's ass nor anything that is my neighbor's, but, dayum... I'm feeling awfully covetous right now. That thing is so stinkin' cute.
Thanks, Canklecat... I appreciate that. You should show us a photo of your Mirage, so we could do some coveting ourselves

I've just come back from my first Dairy Queen ride on Gypsy Bleu, and my initial impressions were confirmed:

Handling - excellent

Brakes - excellent

Comfort - good enough for shorter (>20 miles) rides

Shifting - I'm getting about 4-5 out of the 8 gears, but not repeatably. I've already consulted with C&V, let's see if they can help me with this.

Here she is, dirty tires and all:



There is nothing like standing in 33F, eating a large vanilla cone, while gazing at your new bicycle. Only in Minnesota...
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Alas, my Motobecane Mirage is gone, sold along with my tools about 12 years ago after a car wreck when I thought I'd never ride again. I've listed it on my profile as a reminder to find another, or something similar. Something about that style, especially those forks, just looks right.

Hope you can get the IGH quirks sorted out. That rear fender looks familiar, but I can't place where I've seen that style before. Looks nicer with those tires.
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