French Made Bikes

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  1. Geezer

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  2. A Muzi

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    "Geezer" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]... Do bicycles
    manufactured in France still use French thread sizes or do they now use English?? Are the French
    Mercier bikes good quality?

    Aren't the current Merciers Chinese?? I believe they and the newly reborm Motobecane are both Asian,
    therefore ISO.

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    Andrew Muzi http://www.yellowjersey.org Open every day since 1 April 1971
     
  3. Jt

    Jt Guest

    "A Muzi" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >> "Geezer" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]... Do bicycles
    >> manufactured in France still use French thread sizes or do
    they
    >> now use English?? Are the French Mercier bikes good quality?
    >>
    > Aren't the current Merciers Chinese?? I believe they and the newly reborm Motobecane are both
    > Asian, therefore ISO.
    >

    Well, then there's his answers.
     
  4. Terry Rudd

    Terry Rudd Guest

    Are there any commercially successful bicycles made in France today? There used to be a dozen at
    least. They also had a decent tubing manufacturer, Durafort in the 70s.

    Terry

    jt wrote:
    > "A Muzi" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    >>>"Geezer" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]... Do bicycles
    >>>manufactured in France still use French thread sizes or do
    >>
    > they
    >
    >>>now use English?? Are the French Mercier bikes good quality?
    >>>
    >>
    >>Aren't the current Merciers Chinese?? I believe they and the newly reborm Motobecane are both
    >>Asian, therefore ISO.
    >>
    >
    >
    > Well, then there's his answers.
     
  5. "Terry Rudd" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Are there any commercially successful bicycles made in France today?

    What would you call commercially successful? LOOK are French, though I doubt their global sales are
    worrying the likes of Giant.

    James Thomson
     
  6. Jean Pasquet

    Jean Pasquet Guest

    Hello,

    James Thomson a écrit dans son message :

    > "Terry Rudd" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Are there any commercially successful bicycles made in France today?

    > What would you call commercially successful? LOOK are French, though I doubt their global sales
    > are worrying the likes of Giant.

    Yes ! And Time, Peugeot, Cyfac, Lapierre, Perrin, MBK !

    --
    Cordialement, Jean Pasquet "On respecte un homme qui se respecte lui-même" (Honoré de Balzac)
     
  7. A Muzi

    A Muzi Guest

    "Terry Rudd" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Are there any commercially successful bicycles made in France today? There used to be a dozen at
    > least. They also had a decent tubing manufacturer, Durafort in the 70s.

    I do not know.

    Durifort was a seamed/redrawn midprice steel tube series manufactured by Vitus. Their other products
    include(d?) Vitus971 , a very nice steel quite similar to Reynolds 531, Vitus172, a steel inbetween
    Durifort and their premium Vitus971, and of course the famous Vitus979 bonded aluminum frames. They
    also made a nice plain (no integral saddle mount) seatpost when such thngs were saleable.

    Here's all the details : http://www.yellowjersey.org/vitus.html

    --
    Andrew Muzi http://www.yellowjersey.org Open every day since 1 April 1971
     
  8. "Jean Pasquet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    > Hello,
    >
    > James Thomson a écrit dans son message :
    >
    > > "Terry Rudd" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >> Are there any commercially successful bicycles made in France today?
    >
    > > What would you call commercially successful? LOOK are French, though I doubt their global sales
    > > are worrying the likes of Giant.
    >
    > Yes ! And Time, Peugeot, Cyfac, Lapierre, Perrin, MBK !

    And for French style bikes made in France try Alex Singer or Gilles Berthoud, for French style
    bikes made else where try Mariposa of Canada. May not be commercial, but will be worth riding
    for 20+ years. I know a Berthoud can carry a days worth of wine, bread and cheeese, I don't
    think a LOOK can.
     
  9. John Everett

    John Everett Guest

    On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 23:16:30 -0600, "A Muzi" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >"Terry Rudd" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >> Are there any commercially successful bicycles made in France today? There used to be a dozen at
    >> least. They also had a decent tubing manufacturer, Durafort in the 70s.
    >
    >I do not know.
    >
    >Durifort was a seamed/redrawn midprice steel tube series manufactured by Vitus. Their other
    >products include(d?) Vitus971 , a very nice steel quite similar to Reynolds 531, Vitus172, a steel
    >inbetween Durifort and their premium Vitus971, and of course the famous Vitus979 bonded aluminum
    >frames. They also made a nice plain (no integral saddle mount) seatpost when such thngs were
    >saleable.
    >
    >Here's all the details : http://www.yellowjersey.org/vitus.html

    While the above claims to provide all the details, here's where you can find even more:

    http://www.vitusdirect.com/Vitus2000

    BTW, it's been hard to determine lately whether or not Vitus is still in business. Their old web
    site (which was pretty extensive) disappeared several years ago and the new one
    (http://www.vitus.fr/) is practically content free.

    I've had my Vitus 992 for almost ten years and I still think it's one of the most attractive bikes
    I've ever seen. The head tube/fork integration is particularly elegant.

    jeverett3<AT>earthlink<DOT>net http://home.earthlink.net/~jeverett3
     
  10. Waal

    Waal Guest

    "John Everett" <[email protected]> skrev i en meddelelse
    news:[email protected]...
    > On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 23:16:30 -0600, "A Muzi" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >"Terry Rudd" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > >> Are there any commercially successful bicycles made in France today? There used to be a dozen
    > >> at least. They also had a decent tubing manufacturer, Durafort in the 70s.
    > >
    > >I do not know.
    > >
    > >Durifort was a seamed/redrawn midprice steel tube series manufactured by Vitus. Their other
    > >products include(d?) Vitus971 , a very nice steel
    quite
    > >similar to Reynolds 531, Vitus172, a steel inbetween Durifort and their premium Vitus971, and of
    > >course the famous Vitus979 bonded aluminum frames. They also made a nice plain (no integral
    > >saddle mount) seatpost when such thngs were saleable.
    > >
    > >Here's all the details : http://www.yellowjersey.org/vitus.html
    >
    > While the above claims to provide all the details, here's where you can find even more:

    Vitus GTI, Vitus TXO, Vitus Olympic and Vitus Rocky (ATB/MTB)

    Michael
    >
    > http://www.vitusdirect.com/Vitus2000
    >
    > BTW, it's been hard to determine lately whether or not Vitus is still in business. Their old web
    > site (which was pretty extensive) disappeared several years ago and the new one
    > (http://www.vitus.fr/) is practically content free.
    >
    > I've had my Vitus 992 for almost ten years and I still think it's one of the most attractive bikes
    > I've ever seen. The head tube/fork integration is particularly elegant.
    >
    >
    > jeverett3<AT>earthlink<DOT>net http://home.earthlink.net/~jeverett3
     
  11. On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 19:33:39 +0100, "Jean Pasquet" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >> "Terry Rudd" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> Are there any commercially successful bicycles made in France today?
    >
    >> What would you call commercially successful? LOOK are French, though I doubt their global sales
    >> are worrying the likes of Giant.
    >
    >Yes ! And Time, Peugeot, Cyfac, Lapierre, Perrin, MBK !

    Ah, MBK... "Motobecane" to us oldsters!

    - "Going to war without the French is like going deer hunting without an accordion." - Crackers
     
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