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Paris Tour de France 1949

Owned by: Eric Sayliss

Paris Eric 1


Frame Paris 'Tour de France - Seat tube 21½" C T Top. Top tube 22½" C T C. Braze-ons: All Brake and Gear cable eyes. Front and rear fittings for an Osgear including a non-standard Super Champion boss for the gear change lever and back plate. It has been suggested that this part could have been made by Percy Stallard, who made a cable adjuster for that gear and used an Osgear himself
Wheels Gnutti Export hubs with sprint rims and Victoria tuulars
Chainset Duprat Professional Record with double Simplex rings 49 / 46.
Gears Super Champion Osgear Professional 4 - Huret front changer
Brakes Le Roi Grimpeur G Bartali brake levers, Lam Super Dural stirrups
Stem/Bars
Steel Titan 8cm with S Maes / M Kint 42cm handlebars
Saddle Brooks Professional
Extra details I bought it off the original owner a number of years ago in very poor condition. I had it re-enamelled and built it with parts as per the Rensch catalogue as near as I could get; Pelissier flint-catchers; Bluemels 18" Alloy & adapter to fit frame. C02 cartridge pump.

Paris Eric 2
Above is an image of the drive train on Eric's Paris. A four-speed Osgear mounted on a braze-on fitting.
The Osgear is the version with a de-tensioner cable which can be seen going over the bottom Bracket. On this version the cable has a nipple at the bottom where it clips to the tension arm and then travels through a piece of 'floating' outer cable to the outer part of the down-tube lever, where is is secured by a bolt.