Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Way fast steel

Just another teaser of the mystery bike. If it weren't for the fact
that I didn't notice the BB spindle was brunelled (bearing raceway
pitted - just an old millwright term) this bike would be ready for a
shakedown ride tomorrow morning. All I need is to pick up a cartridge
BB(anything wrong with a cartridge BB on classic, vintage steel made
in France) and a 1/2 hour and this baby will be blowing me away with
it's speed, razor sharp handling, and incredible ride.

Any guesses on what it is yet? Hint: the bike model name and the
Shimano groupo that hangs on it are both called the same. Think
limited edition.


Scott Loveless said...

My most recent French bike is a mid-80s Peugeot. The BB threads are British standard, but they aren't cut quite far enough into the bottom bracket. This meant that my new Shimano cartridge BB would thread in, but would run out of threads before it was all the way in. FYI.

Jerome said...

Hey thanks Scott! That's great some great advice! Most appreciated.

Easton Heights Blogger said...

so it's a Sante? don't recall what brand had a Sate model though (the brake caliper color gives it away). IIRC, the shifters and derailluers were Dura Ace compatable, but not w/ the lower stuff (back when DA was set up differently from the rest). the short Sante rear der didn't have much large cog capacity either.

Jerome said...

Nicely done EHB! Indeed the bike is a Peueot Sante. From everything I've researched, the Sante Groupo was basically a limited edition of the Dura Ace line.

Now that the cat's out of the bag, I can put up some shots of the whole bike and actually blog about it.


Easton Heights Blogger said...

I'm old enough to remember when Sante was new! late '80's, it was marketed as a fashion group. I think the shop I worked in had a Shogun or Lotus w/ it. my boss ran a Sante crank; his sweat cracked off all the pearl white paint!
I would recommend getting the BB threads chased; if indeed the frenchies used BSC threading they might not be faced or cut very well. I never had good experiences working on French bikes.