Group-- I would appreciate any background and imput from anyone knowledgeable regarding the Louison Bobet Cycles.. I had a couple of NIB rear Huret derailleurs with that name on the box. While visiting my sister in Tangier, we wandered into a mud hut that had a dozen bikes hanging from the ceiling-- I only got a quick glance at a Bobet and a Bertin before the female contingent dragged us away. My brother-in-law nicely went back later and paid a small fortune for the Bobet,and paid them extra to remove the components that he felt I wouldn't need. Then he paid $50 to have a crate built and another small fortune to ship it to Seattle for me. It was way too small for me and had Shimano dropouts--not the thing to put an early 50' seraliieur system on-- so, I traded it for an old Cinelli-- making it a very expensive Cinelli!
I currently have an ebay special that has stamped dropouts, mid range Huret gear and a Nervar steel triple-- basic bike-- but has a lot of charm, for some reason. I'd be interested in a bit of the background and history if any one knows!
Thanks-- Nelson Miller PS The headbadges are neat, anyway!
The only place I ever saw Loiuson Bobet bikes for sale was the Cyclo-Pedia catalogue, when Gene Portuesi ran CycloPedia. The urban legend back then was that the Bobets were just private-labeled Merciers. I cannot vouch for that. If Dale wants, I can send the catalogue pages for posting on the CdO web site -- if they arent' there already.
At 07:52 2/21/2001 -0500, Allen, David@Atlanta wrote:
>For Francophiles only........There is a 1965 Louison Bobet 61cm frame on
>Ebay. Item No. 1113215202. Sheldon Brown's Site says it was a pretty good
>bike in it's day. I didn't see any info about Bobets on the CR French Site.
>The bike has been parted out and the seller still has many of the parts up
>for auction including a Nervar Crank and some weird Mafac brakes. If anybody
>in the "great CR knowledge machine" has anything to contribute about the
>Louison Bobet brand, please feel free.
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>Louison Bobet Frame on Ebay
>For Francophiles only........There is = a 1965 Louison Bobet 61cm frame on
>Ebay. Item No. = 1113215202. Sheldon Brown's Site says it was a pretty
>good bike in it's = day. I didn't see any info about Bobets on the CR
>French Site. The bike = has been parted out and the seller still has many
>of the parts up for = auction including a Nervar Crank and some weird
>Mafac brakes. If = anybody in the "great CR knowledge machine" has
>anything to = contribute about the Louison Bobet brand, please feel free.