Tech Specs: Cycles Rafale

Roger Du Peuty, Rider 1939

Tour de France Solo Entrant*

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Bicycle Highlights

  • 1939 French three speed
  • Cycles Rafale frameset
  • Mix of top era components

Frame:Cycles Rafale frameset, stylized lugs, steel
Fork:Bernard Carre, stylized twin plate crown, tapered tangs, oval blades, fender mounts, steel
Headset:Stronglight Competition, steel
Handlebar:Ava, criterium drop, aluminum
Stem:Ava, spearpoint tangs, aluminum
Brake Levers:Lam, open back, aluminum
Brake Calipers:Lam, single pivot, aluminum
Saddle:Pryma Saddle,steel rails
Saddle Post:French, aluminum
Crank:165mm in length, cotterred, fluted
Chainring:Stronglight, 47 tooth, aluminum
Freewheel:Maillard 3 speed, 16/17/18 teeth
Bottom Bracket:Stronglight, steel
Rear derailleur:S.L.B. B3
Chain:Vito, steel
Hubs:Exeltoo Competition, high flange, 36 hole, aluminum
Rims:650b, 36 hole
Spokes:36X by 3X cross pattern, steel
Pedals:Lyotard, first generation aluminum
Extras:Matching rear rack, brass wing nuts,
Notes:Red finish with white seat tube panel, gold lining on frame and fork, white five point star on head tube, “R” in seat tube panel thought to stand for “Roger”, repaint performed in 1950 as original, unknown brand tubes (Bernard Carre worked for Reynolds, as did Rene Herse)
Size:55cm  virtual top tube center-center, 80cm standover, w.o. tires
Weight: Unknown


Special Thanks

Stan Laferriere

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