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  1. harpon

    Ficelle Mixte...yes, a Ficelle...??

    Not original, but so much easier to draw tight- thanks to that simple cut out area in the middle that allows the cable to drop straight through, and not push it to the side as with the original hanger. While working in bike shops back in the day, I didn't care for Mafac brakes and largely for...
  2. harpon

    Help identifying French frame

    One other thing I've now noticed- the 531 decals are not in French "conuit pourReynolds531" or something like that they read. So the decals have possibly been reapplied later, and that might more indicate a repaint. The Orange Interclub above above has the same decals my old Super Corsa had...
  3. harpon

    Help identifying French frame

    My first guess was also a Gitane Super Corsa- my first full Campy road bike in 1971. But looking at it further than tube angles don't seem the same- the seat tube is much more angled back than the steer tube. It almost looks like a criterium frame with a short rear triangle and possibly a...
  4. harpon

    WINDSOR Competition...just picked it up!

    They used to call them "The Mexican Cinelli" and in the 70's I rode a handful of races where there were several members or most of the Mexican National team in the field- most of those were rather small guys on tiny frames- not much of a wheel to suck ever, but they could sure move those silver...
  5. harpon

    26X1&3/8 tires best fit

    I'm a big fan of putting 700c rims on the old lightweights- Alloy rims are much easier to come by and you have a wider variety of tires and can go much lighter and skinny. It may not be the main intent of this collectors forum-sorry- but they fit. If you need to change brakes around generally...
  6. harpon

    J&B Cycles, Miami

    J &B- sounds like a bottle of bourbon.
  7. harpon

    Peugeot Mixte electric taking shape

    THIS IS SOOOOOO EASY ! Just put a wheel on the bike, find a place to put the controller (not much bigger than an old transistor radio) and then a battery or two and you're rolling. It's a lot like motor-pacing too, if you ever raced and trained at all that way. Check out this new seat bag...
  8. harpon

    What bike did you ride today?

    just out- 60's Peugeot mixte with 36volt hub motor powered by two hoverboard packs. Speed 18-20, range 12/14 miles
  9. harpon

    c. 1987 Mécacycle «Chrono»

    The blurred stripes are so French somehow and remind me of arrows. Nice bike.
  10. harpon

    FOR SALE - Gitane 1970's Service Course Tdf 10 - speed

    A Tour De France, in great shape- worth every penny, but can't do it here, and terribly far from Florida. Had a Super Course with that same vintage decal and my first real bike jersey was a Team Gitane jersey. Good luck.
  11. harpon

    1987 Fuji Tivoli

    A Double butted Tange frame, aero internal wrapping cables, countersunk brake bolts, brazons for two water cages, 700C alloy rims- beautiful! If you wanted to replace the plastic pedals again with something new, these MKS alloy quill pedals are more traditional than some of the myriad of new...
  12. harpon

    Univega Viva Touring

    The Golden Years for consumer lightweights. nice.
  13. harpon

    What might this Schwinn Paramount be worth?

    HA! $200- Are you trying to steal it? I think maybe the sophistication of Cabe collector opinion is snobbish here. On the other hand there aren't many of us old pharts around to place a value on it and the kids have been dumbed down somehow- I'd at least try for $350 or $400. If you put the...