Wednesday, 20 April 2011
1970 Jeunet franche Comte
Sorry it's been a while since my last blog entry but my bicycle shop has been flat out recently as at present there is a huge bicycle boom happening in Japan and even many importers have run out of stock and many have sold their entire years supply already. Now many distributer's have placed new orders with their factories in Taiwan and more stock will be available in June. This boom is partly because of the following factors , recent earthquakes, Tsunami's and the rising price of gas has made many people to either purchase a brand new bicycle for commuting or they are getting their current bicycle overhauled and repaired which is great for people like myself. My shop rubbish bin is full of worn out clusters , brake pads and rusty chains as most bikes coming in to be repaired and cleaned need these parts replaced because of Niigata's lovely weather any bicycle that is left outside soon turns to rust which makes it un ridable.
Last winter I imported a nice old 1970 French Jeunet Franche Comte that I have been slowly restoring and the other day when it was raining I had a few hours to spare so I finally put it back together , I'm still awaiting on a few more parts from a collector friend in the US namely a Simplex Prestige front derailleur, Mafac levers & a TA water bottle cage. At present I have put a Brooks B17 saddle on it ( Yes I know it's not French but I love Brooks saddles ) and an old tool bag which is not of the same period but it looks nice and because I use a Carradice saddle bag on my Humber I cannot strap the tool bag onto that bike. Pictured above are a couple of photos that I took of the Jeunet outside my shop yesterday.
My next posting will be in direct response from one of my blog followers who is interested in Dia Compe center pull brakes and Niito bicycle racks so as soon as I get time I will scan some of that information from my shop catalogs and post it here. If anyone is interested in buying some parts from Japan that are not readily available elsewhere I can most likely help you out so just let me know what you are looking for.