Re: [CR] Been offered a LeJeune Tandem... Anyone got info?


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Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 23:30:21 -0800
From: verktyg <verktyg@aol.com>
To: Hans Joergensen <haj@nathue.dk>, <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
References: <20100217052209.GC11551@pluto.bananas.dk>
In-Reply-To: <20100217052209.GC11551@pluto.bananas.dk>
Subject: Re: [CR] Been offered a LeJeune Tandem... Anyone got info?


Hans,

I really can't speak from personal experience but Lejeune had a reputation for "selling" good tandems.

My guess is that this tandem is from the early 70s.

Back in the 70s at least one French frame builder made a lot of tandem frames like this one. I'd heard that it was Follis but it's hard to say.

The frames were badged as Follis, Lejeune, Andre Bertin and other French marques. During the mid 70s Mel Pinto Imports sold some of these frames here in the US without any decals.

I built up a number of tandems with these frames with several different marques.

They were supposedly made with Vitus 172 tubes and some came with decals for that tubing. They all had the distinctive wide dual plate crown. Most of the ones like this that I've seen or worked on used 650B size tires.

The Andre Bertin tandems that we sold that looked like this frame weighed about 40 lbs. with good quality French alloy components.

The frame appears to be in good condition and looks like it has some kind of internal gear hub plus alloy rims. The chain to the rear hub is missing.

For $250 I'd snap it up! Even if it were made of gas pipe carbon steel tubing it could be a lot of fun to ride. It could be easily upgraded with TA alloy cranks, front and rear derailleurs if desired and better bars.

I'd guess the seatube sizes are maybe 57cm or 58cm front and 54cm rear?

Chas. Colerich Oakland, CA USA

Hans Joergensen wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I have been offered this tandem for about $250 including shipping to
> my house.. I know danish prices will be a bit different but does
> that seem fair? The bike need a bit of work as you can see.
>
> http://pluto.bananas.dk/~haj/tandem/tandem1.jpg
> http://pluto.bananas.dk/~haj/tandem/tandem2.jpg
> http://pluto.bananas.dk/~haj/tandem/tandem3.jpg
>
> As I'm unable to see it before purchase I'm wondering if anyone here
> knows LeJeune Tandem's?
>
> Should I expect it to be build by a reasonably light tubeset?
> Is this in any way a rare or valuable bike?
>
> How old would you say this is? I'd guess 60's?
>
> It seems to have good paint so I guess that if I get it I'll try to
> restore it to a more authentic gear-setup and get dropbars for both
> the front and the rear.. I have a thing for racing/touring tandems :)
>
> Anyone able to estimate the size of the bike from the picture? it
> looks to me like it's about 50-52cm seattube ctc on the stoker..
>
> Hans Joergensen
> Copenhagen, Denmark