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Le Cycliste - October 1949





Left Side:




The bicycle entered by the "constructeur" Imbert, who did not start, presented some very interesting points:


  • 1. The steel stem is of small diameter so as to keep the alloy steerer tube of sufficient thickness.
  • 2. Replacement bulb kept in the handlebar plug.
  • 3. Moyne freewheel removal tool with alloy handle.
  • 4. The Colomb bell also contains the headlight switch.
  • 5. The taillight is protected rather effectively.
  • 6. The Cyclo derailleur is equipped with a control cable on an eccentric lever, ensuring equal spring tension in all gears.
  • 7. To follow the regulations, the headlight had to be protected : here is what they arrived at.




  • 8. Protection of the taillight : the attachment screw of the cover is a wingnut. the wire is evident on the outside.
  • 9. It was necessary to modify this Mafac lever to attach the cable with a screw.
  • 10. Le Chat derailleur and its lever. The cable tension of the Cyclo is controlled by this lever; the other end of the cable is connected to a spring, as shown in the lower drawing, by a pinch bolt.
  • 11. The Barralumin frame is equpped with a prototype externally jointed / coupled headset.


Right Side:




  • 1. The lighting switch is mounted on the D.F.V. stem.
  • 2. The mechanism for slackening off the rear brake cable.
  • 3. The Cipaphote reflector, which equipped all bikes.
  • 4. Under the dome of the sonn-nett, a steel wire supports a spare bulb.
  • 5. A small supplementary lever, mounted on the pivot of the Cyclo lever, assures derailleur tension.




  • 6. The taillight of Routens, fixed to the mudguard, conforms to regulations.
  • 7. The two bulb headlight assures lighting in accordance with the highway code.
  • 8. Light brake lever, with a sturdy nut replacing the traditional, but prohibited, welding.
  • 9. The ultralight dynamo, from Czechoslovakia, seems to be composed only of one serrated roller. note the complicated wiring, because of the improvements made to the return wiring system.
  • 10. Bell wingnut, reduced to one wing.
  • 11. Simple front derailleur of very reduced weight.
  • 12. In order to win pounds and bonus points, the chain tension lever is mounted quite close to the cranks.
  • 13. Light, but not very commercial, attachment of the sadde. Two separate screws ensure fixation on either side, in order to avoid the crushing which would be caused by a single bolt.





  • 1. L. Piat : Light rear rack (exposition).
  • 2. Unknown : Very decorated headtube (randonee).
  • 3. C.D.F. : Rack with headlight support (exposition).
  • 4. Ferdinand : Articulated rear cable housing stop (exposition).
  • 5. Longoni : Modified CAR hub and chainstay with chain support (exposition).
  • 6. Chaplait : Piel pedals used by the owner (randonee).
  • 7. Liberia : House-made front derailleur (exposition).
  • 8. Hugonnier-Routens : Round fork blades and rack forming dynamo support: the headlight is incorporated into this one (randonee).
  • 9. C.I.M. : Aluminum frame with tubes ovalized at the ends, and Iso pedals (exposition).
  • 10. C.D.F. : Taillight fixed between the seatstays, with internal wiring (exposition).
  • 11. F. Follis : House-made brake lever (exposition).




A. Faure


On the bicycle of paul barbier, designed by himself Anda. Faure, we have noted many very interesting details, showing a level of concern for detail seldom equalled.


  • 1. The taillight is crimped into a small depression in the Mavic mudguard. The fender stays do not have any external washers.
  • 2. The Novi dynamo is arranged such that the wire is never seen, passing through the mount and the seatstay.
  • 3. This wire, always invisible, goes from the seatstay to the chainstay, passing through a countersunk portion of the dropout (see inset).
  • 4. There are no screws which are not recessed, even on the Cyclo derailleur. The pivot is adjusted from the other direction, with a screwdriver.
  • 5. The headlight is mounted on a pedestal, with a spring to take up shock.
  • 6. The point of the right seatstay serves as housing stop for the mafac rear brake.
  • 7. Even on the aluminum Stronglight cranks the inside is blocked off, preventing view of the pedal spindles.




Luxury solutions on bicycles of relatively low price.


  • 8. The house-made front derailluer is controlled by a double cable : it is adjustable in all directions.
  • 9. The anti-theft pump peg, mounted under the bottom bracket, opens simply with a key from the mafac toolkit.
  • 10. Two symettrical levers, with internal cables, control the two derailleurs.




  • 11. On the tandem of Georges Navet, maker of T.A. chainwheels, we have noticed this shift lever, attached on top of the brake lever, equipped with two lever ends.

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