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Old 09-12-07, 09:54 AM
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Velo Le Chemineau

Sorry that there was only one picture posted - that was the only one that was small enough to fit on this site. If you click on the link at the bottom of this post it will take you to the rest of the pictures which are posted on The bike was also featured on the Velo Orange blog, which gave quite a bit about it's history.

The Chemineau derailleur was the first commercially available shift system of it's type, and was only found on the Chemineau bicycles, which were produced in St. Etienne, France from about 1911 until the late fifties.

The front changer is a Simplex, and was actually quite common in the early fifties.

You can also find information on the bike at a site called Tonton velo, and the derailleur is mentioned in Frank Berto's "The Dancing Chain"

David L
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