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Tech Specs: 1951 Rene Herse Concours

1951 Rene Herse Concours Randonneur

Stan Laferrière, Owner

  • Rene Herse Frameset
  • Rene Herse & Cyclo Drivetrain
  • Ava & Brooks Cockpit
  • Maxi-Car & Super Champion Wheelset
Frame:Rene Herse, minimized lugs and dropouts, fender mounts, Reynolds 531 steel
Fork:Rene Herse, minimized square crown, oval blades, fender mounts, Reynolds 531 steel
Headset:Stronglight Competition, steel
Handlebar:Ava, randonneur drop, aluminum
Stem:Rene Herse, center cutout, two bolt, aluminum
Brake Levers:Mafac, open back, aluminum
Brake Calipers:Rene Herse, second generation cantilever, aluminum
Saddle:Brooks Professional, ventilated, steel rails
Saddle Post:French, aluminum
Crank:Rene Herse, triple chainring, aluminum
Chainrings:Rene Herse, 48/40/28 tooth, aluminum
Freewheel:Maillard 4 speed, steel
Bottom Bracket:Rene Herse, steel
Front Derailleur:Rene Herse, steel cage, aluminum lever
Rear Derailleur:Le Cyclo 4 speed, aluminum
Chain:Vito, steel
Hubs:Maxi-Car, high flange, 36 hole, aluminum
Rims:Super Champion, 700c, 36 hole, aluminum
Spokes:36X by 3X cross pattern, steel
Pedals:Roger Piel, aluminum
Toe Clips:Lapize, steel
Toe Clip Straps:Lapize, leather
Extras:Rene Herse front rack, steel; Lefol Sport fenders, aluminum; Lucifer dynamo block, steel lamp, aluminum generator; Soubitez rear light, aluminum; Bluemels pump, plastic; Bell wing nuts, aluminum; bar wrap with shellac, cotton; Phillipe bar plugs, aluminum; original cable housing; TA Specialites replacement water bottle cage, aluminum; Sigg replacement water bottle, aluminum; Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard replacement tires, 32c;
Notes:Black finish, gold striping on frame and fork, gold manufacturer lettering on head and down tubes
Size:55cm top tube center-center, 55cm seat tube center-center

Special Thanks
Stan Laferrière


  1. […] Unlike some other French cyclo-artisans of his era – Singer, Herse, Goëland, et al – Caminade is relatively unknown today; but he must have been a familiar name to cyclists during his peak years, even if they had never seen one of his distinctive machines, for M. Caminade appears to have been a sharp and relentless marketer. Begin with the name of his bicycle line: most Caminade velos were sold under the "Caminargent" moniker, a clever combination of words with multiple meanings. There was also his practice of embedding the company logo into the heads of the frame's fasteners and of course there were the ads, which apparently were everywhere. […]

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