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Old 06-11-21, 08:20 PM
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Old 06-11-21, 08:57 PM
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So what’s so bad about Michelin Dynamic Classic tyres? Seems like both of you would be embarrassed to have them on any of your bikes. Why so? Apologies if this is a ‘thing’ but I’m new here.
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Nothing wrong with them at all. They are a nicely made, amber wall tire for restoration and club or casual use. I use the sister-under-the-skin Dynamic Sport on my restored 80s Peugeots and they are a comfortable and easy rolling tire with excellent grip. Some people slag the Classic and the Sport for being prone to punctures but run them at reasonable pressures and stay away from debris strewn commuting streets and you should be fine.
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Absolutely bertinjim. I put the Classics on my vintage bike because they look the part and was pleasantly surprised with their ride and grip. I have ridden them in two Eroicas (Britannia and California) plus a few similar vintage events which included some gravel sections and never had any trouble. Will definitely keep using them.
Noticed that my newly acquired Liberia on this thread (post #3446) has a new set of Michelin Dynamic Classic tires, which I have no experience with. Sounds like they're pretty decent, though.
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Old 06-24-21, 07:12 AM
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1970s Gitane Tour de France. Gallery is here.

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Old 06-24-21, 08:49 AM
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1970s Gitane Tour de France. Gallery is here.

hello your bike is splendid but I think your gypsy is the world champion model or other because the tour de France is only in reynolds 531 and not in full like yours but in addition your bike with the chromed bases and not the tour of France
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Originally Posted by Hproduguidon View Post
hello your bike is splendid but I think your gypsy is the world champion model or other because the tour de France is only in reynolds 531 and not in full like yours but in addition your bike with the chromed bases and not the tour of France
It's definitely a Tour de France, see the gallery.
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Old 06-27-21, 11:35 PM
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Motobécane vx60 1983

Motobecane vx50 1982
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Old 06-28-21, 08:48 AM
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Motobécane vx60 1983

Motobecane vx50 1982
Wow!

Those bikes have a combination of features I've never seen on any bike marketed in the U.S.

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Old 06-28-21, 11:27 AM
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Gitane TDF - US and European specs

I think that TDFs produced for the North American market had Reynolds 531 for all tubes, but here in Europe only the three main tubes were 531.


Originally Posted by Hproduguidon View Post
hello your bike is splendid but I think your gypsy is the world champion model or other because the tour de France is only in reynolds 531 and not in full like yours but in addition your bike with the chromed bases and not the tour of France
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Old 06-28-21, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
Wow!

Those bikes have a combination of features I've never seen on any bike marketed in the U.S.

Brent
it is the ancestor of the mountain bike in France because in France the mountain bike appeared in 83/84
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Old 07-03-21, 04:20 PM
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Not good posting pics (and just joined so don't have the posts) but I have a Jeunet Franche Comte 10 speed I bought new when I was in high school in 1974 or 1975 at the LBS. I think it was about $70 or $80. I had bought it with summer job money. I had it tuned p a few years back, and got it out again this summer.

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Old 07-05-21, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by rwmct View Post
Not good posting pics (and just joined so don't have the posts) but I have a Jeunet Franche Comte 10 speed I bought new when I was in high school in 1974 or 1975 at the LBS. I think it was about $70 or $80. I had bought it with summer job money. I had it tuned p a few years back, and got it out again this summer.
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Old 07-06-21, 10:23 AM
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1988 Comete new old stock. I've ridden it around the block, it rides very nicely and I didn't die.
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Old 07-10-21, 07:27 PM
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Incoming, hopefully by early next week. 1985 (I believe) Peugeot Galibier (PGN10)...


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Old 07-11-21, 12:55 PM
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Pair of nice Peugeots there. I've always like the diagonal stripes graphics. It looks nice on dark gray.
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Pair of nice Peugeots there. I've always like the diagonal stripes graphics. It looks nice on dark gray.
Me too. It's a style/colorway that companies like All-City have paid homage to on models such as the Space Horse:

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Moto GJ

I just brought this home. CL find.
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Old 07-12-21, 09:31 AM
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PY10 as found in the alsace. Mint but a small dent in the top tube. Rides absolutely great!





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PY10 as found in the alsace. Mint but a small dent in the top tube. Rides absolutely great!



there’s great bike riding and hiking on both sides of the Rhine. Ive hiked a fair bit in Bayern as well near the Chiemsee. Lovely bike.I have a PX10 and I swapped out the crank for an 86 bcd strong light crank with 50/36 rings. It helped me with hill climbing.

edit: that’s a 122 bcd strong light crank, right? It can go down to 37.

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That PY10 is amazing. It looks a lot like a bike I had when it was made.
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A filthy and dilapidated bike out of a pawn shop in South Central LA

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$100 off of Craigslist -- and possibly a bike I once owned long ago.

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A blank canvas -- a Vitus 979 frame

My early 1980's Peugeot PX10 DU creation.
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Pretty sure I have a frenchy

I'm pretty sure I have a real legit Peugeot. As soon as I figure out where to post 9 more times I'll come back and post pics for judgement.
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I don't think I've posted this here yet...'72 Gitane Gran Tourisme:





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Originally Posted by juliywann View Post
Looks great! Did you have to change the bottom bracket? Iʼve got a similar frame (same brand, same period) and I struggled to find a new BB because it is threaded with the old French standard.
The go-to source for brand spankin' new French bottom brackets: Velo Orange.
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Looks great! Did you have to change the bottom bracket? Iʼve got a similar frame (same brand, same period) and I struggled to find a new BB because it is threaded with the old French standard.
you can pick up the cups from Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Action-Bottom...6486716&sr=8-1
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@juliywann Thanks! I was fortunate to already have French cups and a triple Stronglight spindle in my parts bin. I believe I purchased the French cups from Boulder Bicycle. They have a rotating inventory of oddball vintage parts. The cups were a “just in case” buy, and then the need presented itself.
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