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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
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Playa del Rey, United States
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These images are of the fittings on an Elvish cycle of circa 1940. One of those cases where all or most of the bicycle's fittings are marked with the brand name. Elvish was a maker in the town of Pau in the extreme south of France - in the foothills of the Pyrenees, near the Spanish border.

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The machine's rear brake caliper is marked FONTAN. Victor Fontan was a successful racer who was a native of Pau and was sponsored by the Elvish company ~1930. They produced bicycles with his name for about five decades. He was an Olympic medalist taking the silver for team pursuit in the Los Angeles Games of 1932.
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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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Here is a steel Centrix handlebar stem as worn by a La Perle cycle of about 1956.

Centrix may be of interest to Schwinn fans as they supplied the stem for the original Continental tenspeed of 1960. They were a French manufacturer of both steel and alloy stems and bars. The firm closed in 1962.

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The model selected by Schwinn for use on the Continental was distinctive in that it featured a dual binder:

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