[CR]1954 Stella Tour-de-France Replica

(Example: Framebuilding:Technology)

From: "Norris Lockley" <norris@norrislockley.wanadoo.co.uk>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 17:20:43 -0000
Subject: [CR]1954 Stella Tour-de-France Replica

There's been a lot of interest in this Ebay item off-List..and a lot of encouragement for me to forget the bequests to the kids and to buy this machine. I must adnmit it would sit well alongside my Helyett Speciales, CNC Specials etc...but that's all it would do because it's just too big for me. I'm seriously tempted to bid..but have decided to wait and see what happens in the auction.

Searching through my Carte Michelin of France I was very pleased to discover that the seller of this bike lives in northern Burgundy and not South..and as the Northern Burgundy border starts about seven kilometres from my house..it appears that it would be very easy to pick this bike up. The seller lives very near the delightful town of Auxerre, about a one-hour drive from "chez-moi" in France..it's a beautiful town and I'm sure that on this occasion my wife would be only too pleased toaccompany me..even if the prime purpose was to collect another bike.

So...if any List member fancies buying this Stella I would be very pleased to pick it up and get it over to the States as quickly and as cheaply, but safely as possible. I am due to be back in France in mid-February..and will negotiate with the seller as needs be.

I'm nor sure whether those "honking" type brake levers are Bartalis or Glorias - probably the latter - but I reckon it would cost a mint in the States to even have a frame resprayed..probably more than the levers would fetch on Ebay.

Just in closing..does anyone know the model of that Stronglight chainset?

Norris Lockley...Settle, UK