[CR]looking for pics of older french touring/city/non-racing bikes


Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2005 10:03:54 -0800
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: joel metz <magpie@blackbirdsf.org>
Subject: [CR]looking for pics of older french touring/city/non-racing bikes

its another 4-day weekend, which means im getting that "make a web page to catalogue something" urge again. a couple of my other pages have slowed down in the rate of info coming in, so i need something to keep me busy, and this idea has been mulling around in my brain for a bit here...

this time around, its older french bikes of the non-racing type - tourers, randonneurs, city bikes, things like that...

but of the smaller marques - the brands that mostly didnt make it over to the states as part of the bike boom - theyre great, but the peugeots, lejeunes, gitanes, motobecanes and whatnot are farily well covered elsewhere on the web. bigger french makers like terrot, rochet, automoto and the like, which didnt really make it over here, fine... but mostly im looking for the shops that fell somewhere inbetween the peugeot/motobecane level, and the big two of the custom world - herse and singer. theres not a lot of information out there on these guys, not even in pictures of their bikes.

soooo... if youve got something that fits within that range - not the french makers that rode the us bike boom of the 70s, not the top-end boutique herse/singer duo - and more utilitarian than racing bike, and you feel like contributing its image to my new little obsessive project, send away! big images, detail shots, lots of em! whatever youve got!

ill be taking the photos, and then sorting by maker and adding whatever information i can find from my various references on this end...

thanks in advance!

-joel (yes, i *really* like sorting and cataloguing things.) -- joel metz : magpie@blackbirdsf.org : http://www.blackbirdsf.org/ bike messengers worldwide : ifbma : http://www.messengers.org/
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