Système D: How We Do Repairs of Steel Rims

“Système D” is a delightful “how-to” publication dating from the early 20th century in France. What started out as a weekly newsprint guide for metropolitan Parisians has since grown into a glossy monthly magazine now enjoyed by practical, resourceful do-it-yourself types from all corners of the globe. The term “le Système D” originated as a shorthand response to challenges that require the ability…

Tech Specs: 1937 Caminade Caminargent Bordeaux-Paris

Caminade Caminargent Frame Octagonal Aluminum-Magnesium Tubes Matching Lugs With Custom Bolts Caliper Brake Bridge Fender/Rack Mounts Cable Guides Caminade Caminargent Fork Aluminum-Magnesium Tubing Matching Lugs With Custom Bolts Elegant Crown Caliper Hole Fender/Rack Mounts Stronglight Headset (French, 25mm Diameter) Stronglight Chainring (48T) French Freewheel (Single Speed) Caminade Brake Levers (Open Back) LAM Brakes (Sidepull Calipers, Brass Hardware) Caminade Handlebar (Aluminum) Caminade Stem (Aluminum) Stronglight 49D Crank (Aluminum)…

Tech Specs: 1930s Automoto 650B Road/Path

1930s Automoto Road/Path 650B Bicycle Automoto Road/Path FrameAutomoto Raked ForkAutomoto Upright Handlebar (48cm c-c)Automoto Integrated Stem (30mm)Automoto Traditional Rod Brake LeversGloria Rod BrakesLeather Brake PadsAutomoto Fluted Cottered Cranksets (170mm)Automoto Chainring (44T)French Freewheel (18T)French ChainAutomoto Hubs (36H)French Rims (36H)Michelin and Olmo Tires (650 x 42B )French Double Sprung Leather SaddleAutomoto Rear RackAutomoto Ballon FendersFrench Rear Light Size: Seat…

Tech Specs: 1950s Jo Routens Randonneur

Jo Routens Frame Legere Tubing Lovely Fillet Brazing Front Derailleur Mount Rear Derailleur Mount Rear Derailleur Spring Eyelet Inward Cantilever Posts Fender/Rack Mounts Internal Wiring Chain Rest Cable Guides Pump Pegs Jo Routens Fork Elegant Rake Stout Twin Box Crown Rear Lower Crown Tab Cantilever Posts Fender/Rack Mounts Rack Mounts Stronglight P3 Headset (French, 25mm Diameter) Cyclo Rear Derailleur (5…

Terrot Poster Gallery

Terrot posters remain among the most sought-after cycling artifacts to emerge from the first half of the 20th century. Their unique blend of aesthetic appeal and commercial impact combines to form indelible images that stay with us for years. Here are some of our favorite and most memorable Terrot poster designs from between 1896 and 1953:

Tech Specs: 1950 A. Maury Randonneur

Andre Maury Frame #3603 Legere Tubing Lovely Fillet Brazing Front Derailleur Mount Rear Derailleur Mount Rear Derailleur Spring Eyelet Cantilever Posts Fender/Mudguard Mounts Rack Mounts Internal Wiring Chain Rest Cable Guides Pump Pegs Blue/Red Box Lining “M” Stamped Brake Bridge Andre Maury Fork Elegant Rake Square Crown Three Teardrop Points Cantilever Posts Fender/Mudguard Mounts Rack…

J. Lefol: Inventeur – Constructeur

As with other French component makers from cycling’s golden era that remain popular today – Ideale, JOS, Maxi-Car and Stronglight, to name a few – surprisingly little is known about the Lefol marque given the timeless familiarity of the company’s fenders. Maybe aluminum just rusts slower than steel, with oxidation resistance preserving Lefol’s legacy more…

Tech Specs: Cycles Rafale

Roger Du Peuty, Rider 1939 Tour de France Solo Entrant* Bicycle Highlights 1939 French three speed Cycles Rafale frameset Mix of top era components

Goëland: Soaring To Lofty Heights

A Frenchman named Louis Moire was working as a bicycle salesman not long before World War Two. An astute observer of commerce, Moire surveyed the commercial landscape of his chosen profession and decided what its customers needed were affordable cyclotouring bicycles – something capable of competing with the great constructeurs like Maury and Pitard, just less…