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Gazelle Champion Mondial Semi Race 1974

Old 03-27-20, 01:15 PM
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A couple of weeks ago, I decided to give the bike a quick overhaul and update some things. I regreased hubs with new grease, overhauled the pedals because they had developed some play, changed the bottom bracket to a sealed Shimano unit, changed the small chainwheel to 42. I'd been wanting to try some bar-end shifters and I already had a pair of Suntour barcons so they went on the bike as well. Also, I thought that it was about time to get some decent tires. This week, I got a pair of 35x622 Pasela's and installed them yesterday. The bike and especially the fenders look so much better with these tires!
Next to that, I got a nice saddle bag from Carradice. Now I can take much more on my rides, for example a camera.

Here are some pictures.


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It looks better every time I see it! The bag is a very nice touch. How do you like the ride on those Paselas?
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You can stop updating now. You have already achieved a state of perfection!
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Old 03-28-20, 01:36 AM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
It looks better every time I see it! The bag is a very nice touch. How do you like the ride on those Paselas?
Thanks, Maarten! I like it a lot, the bike is much more fun to ride now, it feels more alive. I've got the non-folding Pasela PT, by the way.
I try to run them at relatevely low pressure, I pumped the front to 3.5 bar and the rear to 4.2 bar yesterday.

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You can stop updating now. You have already achieved a state of perfection!
Thanks! I think I am done with it at least for now. But who knows...
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That's a great looking bike. Looks pretty much pristine and you can tell you gave everything a good polish.
I love Carradice saddlebags and this looks like it was a great addition to the bike.

I do wonder about where that last picture was taken though. We don't have many small roads like that around Rotterdam?
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Old 03-29-20, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by JaccoW View Post
That's a great looking bike. Looks pretty much pristine and you can tell you gave everything a good polish.
I love Carradice saddlebags and this looks like it was a great addition to the bike.

I do wonder about where that last picture was taken though. We don't have many small roads like that around Rotterdam?
Thanks, Jacco! Carradice bags are great indeed. In general, I like the look of classic cotton bags with leather straps a lot.
You're right about the lack of such gravel roads! I believe it was taken here. It is actually a side road to someone's farmhouse, I saw it while cycling around there and stopped to take some pictures.
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Beautiful bike! Your choice of components is perfect. When did Titan stop making that stem? We don't see many of them in the U.S.
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Beautiful bike! Your choice of components is perfect. When did Titan stop making that stem? We don't see many of them in the U.S.
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Thanks, Brent!
According to Classiclightweights, they stopped producing those stems in the 80s. The ones I've seen are mostly from the 60s and 70s. The stems and bars are normally stamped with the year of production. This Gazelle came originally with a Titan stem but with upright bars, I decided to change both.
They are quite common here. I have at least two other bikes with Titan bar/stem combo on the list of my future projects. That's also probably because I keep buying the same bikes.
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Man, that's awfully nice. You do meticulous work.
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Man, that's awfully nice. You do meticulous work.
Thank you, sir!
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Appears you have retained the factory lighting system.

What is it and have you been able to make use of it?

Satisfactory for you?

Thank you.


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Appears you have retained the factory lighting system.

What is it and have you been able to make use of it?

Satisfactory for you?

Thank you.


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Hi, juvela. The headlight is a Soubitez SP L23 unit, they can be found on many Dutch bikes from that era. The tail light is a Simplex unit. Simplex was a Dutch manufacturer, I believe it was the same company which produced motorcycles and bikes and which was in the end taken over by Gazelle. non-fixie should know more about that, I suppose.





The lights are powered by a Nordlicht-Sport bottle dynamo, which I forgot to take a picture of but it's basically the same as this one here.

The lights are in working condition and quite acceptable for occational use. If I did a lot of night riding I would probably think about upgrading the lights, of course.
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Thanks very much!

Dynamo a new-to-me marque.

Is system from Gazelle or is it something fitted by cycle's previous owner?

May sound like a dimwit question but most of the gazelles we see here in the U.S. are of the Thompson's variety in nature documentaries.

Thank you.


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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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Thanks very much!

Dynamo a new-to-me marque.

Is system from Gazelle or is it something fitted by cycle's previous owner?

May sound like a dimwit question but most of the gazelles we see here in the U.S. are of the Thompson's variety in nature documentaries.

Thank you.


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I believe that the system is original to the bike. Take a look at post number 2 of this thread.
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