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Old 07-05-20, 05:42 AM
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Louis Bobet?

Does anyone know something about this model of Louis Bobet? Is it at all Louis Bobet, or someone just put that decals on frame?

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There are much better identifiers on this forum that will help you if they can. All I know is the Louison Bobet I saw was a branded Mercier and I can't recall anything unusual. Helps to get photos of anything interesting/unusual and area detailed photos like BB, fork crown, lugs, brake bridge, head tube, etc. Good Luck.
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"most" Louison Bobet badged bicycles were manufactured by Mercier

he also rode for Stella for part of his career so there are as well some Stella built Bobet cycles out there:

photos too poor for the forum's frame experts to be able to give much information

if you could make some drive side images in better light it would help readers to help you

cycle appears to be a midliner one or two models up from the base circa 1980


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I have Louison Bobet down as one of the brands of Jean Betbeder, of Oloron Ste Marie.
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It's a weird mix of things: "fade" paint job is sort of an 80s thing, rear dropouts look like Campagnolo (though without threaded adjusters) but the front dropouts don't look like forged ones, the brake reach looks very early-70s (long), and some of the kit (Shimano 105 dérailleur) looks late 80s, but it looks like a 5-speed freewheel. I agree, more photos, and better ones, needed.
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An early mail-order cycling business in the USA was Cyclo-Pedia in Michigan. They did sell Louison Bobet models.
This is a scan of the 6th edition of their catalog (courtesy of Steve Palincsar, if memory serves)

Steve in Peoria (ordered many items from Cyclo-Pedia in the 70's and 80's)
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thanks so much for sharing this steelbikeguy

"ah, those were the days..."

can recall ordering from Gene as well, and of looking forward to each new edition of the catalogue

kitting description sounds like a machine from the 1964-66 time frame

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No expert whatsoever but I'm inclined the livery is correct in that it is the right style, fit and vibe of the frame.

The headbadge especially looks legit from here to me but what do I know?
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