As you can see in the advert above and the photo below, it certainly is both a handsome and a sturdily-built frame that suits the engine well. Please have patience, dear Reader. First, a brief background tour of the Manufrance company and St. The Tour de France was established in ; significantly, it passed through St Etienne. The Gauthier brothers started making Manufrance bicycles in
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With the dawn of the new decade the pull-chain derailleur was dead and the parallelogram design was the only game in town. The very last new pull-chain designs that I am aware of are a Sanko H-2 and, naturally, the Simplex Juy Record Documents Text Derailleurs Browse the documents from the s England - Cycling Manual H. Mizutani - leaflet ? Tintin magazine ? Cycling ? Fuji Bicycle Catalog - ? Magnet Cycle - catalogue ?
Kawamura - catalogue ? Simplex - Attention! The French perfected the art of obtaining money for old rope. The Huret Allvit and the Simplex Prestige are two of my all-time least favourite designs. They were vaguely acceptable in the first few years of the decade - but a disgrace by its end.
Nevertheless Simplex and Huret manufactured them in their millions and continued to do so well into the s. The Americans perfected the art of selling derailleur bikes to the general public. Spearheaded by Schwinn , the ten speed became a consumer product, an essential wall-hanging in every suburban garage. The British - well - the British perfected the art of being vacuously cool, turning on, tuning in and dropping out.
It was the swinging sixties, with Twiggy climbing in and out of a small wheeled, full-suspension Austin Mini and Alex Moulton swanning around on his iconic small wheeled, full-suspension Moulton bicycle. At least Eric Clapton was fancying buying a racing bike - and I believe Mick Jagger enjoyed a spot of cycling too.
And finally, and without anyone in the West much noticing, the Japanese were perfecting the art of designing and manufacturing a decent derailleur. Browse the derailleurs from the s Campagnolo Valentino G.
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