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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:55 am Reply with quote
Joined: 23 May 2016
Posts: 4
I'd be remiss to not post my bike to the website which motivated me to put this together. Thanks to all posters who provided great information to make this possible.
It started out as frame and fork including the headset, although missing a few bearings, for $42. My intent was to use parts I had on hand from a vintage stripped Sears racing bike, mostly Huret components, and an old Zeus which evolved into a fixed gear. I wanted it to be as French as possible though, as well as period correct -ish, and remain looking well-ridden.

Al Petri & Sons in Lincoln Park, Michigan was a valuble resource for vintage parts on this project and sold to me a complete Mafac Racer brake set for $25 as well as a set of Normandy Competition - looking hubs, also for $25.

The hubs only identification is a Made in Italy stamping.
As mentioned, I had Zeus components handy, and tried to put an entire Zeus drivetrain on the bike, but I could not string the front derailer cable without it dragging on the seat-tube, so I put the Sears racing bike Huret derailer in place.

Needing a crank, I installed one of the most beautiful, at least to my eye, Spidel crankset.

Since these pictures were taken I have found dust caps for the crankset, and obtained a Huret Jubilee rear derailer to make the bike more French. Also, I swapped to Simplex quick release skewers from the Purple Hosteller I have shown in the vintage bikes forum.

I did get the adapter kit for the rear derailer, but have not installed it as I'm sure I'll need a new gear cluster. Does anyone know what the max cog capability of a Jubilee is?

Farmington Hills, MI
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:13 am Reply with quote
Joined: 23 May 2016
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I finally had a chance to ride this TdF, and what a nice "all day comfort" type of ride. I felt it was less harsh than my SLX De Rosa with a carbon fork. Incidentally, this bike weighs in at 24 lbs, only 2.5 lbs heavier than the De Rosa, not bad considering the Brooks saddle and the steel fork.

Since my first post I restrung the brake cables to cross past the handlebars, added the crank dust caps, and added leather wraps to the toe cages to help protect my vintage Rivat shoes. I still have to mount the Jubilee derailleur, but hope to get a tighter rear cluster at that time. Here's a picture at it's current state.

Farmington Hills, MI
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:10 am Reply with quote
Joined: 26 Sep 2008
Posts: 616
Location: Ellensburg, WA
Great color and bike!

I haven't really used the Huret derailleurs - how do they shift? I normally source Simplex for my bikes of that era.

By Gitane Olympic rides fantastic and the little bit of extra weight is not a liability to me. They are comfortable over the long haul.

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