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La Patrimoine September 16th – part 2 : the course

After focusing on bicycles and people, here are some pictures of the race. 35 and a 80 kilometers race-length were available.  The Seine-et-Marne roads were surprisingly empty and we enjoyed some incredible landscapes. Please, remember we’re only 40kms away from Paris ! In the morning, cyclists arrived and the “race” started at 10AM ! And now, … Continue reading

La Patrimoine September 16th – part 1 : people and bicycles

La Patrimoine second edition took place in Favières, near to Paris. It occurred during “Les journées du Patrimoine”: this annual programme offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. It aims to widen access and foster care for architectural and environmental heritage. These events are also known as Open … Continue reading

Boneshaker Almanach copies

Boneshaker Almanac

We are already writing some articles for Boneshaker Almanac, a US-based publication. In the next issue, we will interview a top-level french bicyclist and will reviewed our recent trip to Lyon and Grenoble, especially known to the birthplaces of talented bicycle builders. This pocket-sized book can easily be carried in your Berthoud. Indeed, reading those bicycle … Continue reading

René Herse: From paper sketches to reality

You all know about Rene Herse, his famous bicycles and the cult following this regretted builder. We decided to pay tribute to his work by comparing one of his bicycle to equally famous Rebour’s drawings. Those drawings have been found in our archives and are a perfect illustration of what are still considered to be … Continue reading

Paul Fournel's Besoin de vélo

Paul Fournel’s Besoin de vélo

“The bicycle is a technic witch have the elegance of concealing its smartness” Paul Fournel The french writer Paul Fournel (1947 –  ) is also an emeritus cyclist. Joining his “job” and his “hobby” he wrote Besoin de vélo(Need for the bike) in 2001. He told us about his first falls, the cycling trips, the competition and … Continue reading

Constructeurs crankset modifications

If there is something Constructeurs loved, it was to customize stock components, more specifically cranksets. One famous example can be found on the following Camille Daudon: a hand beveled edge on the visible side  important removal of material on the other side of the crank (in this case, it is certainly the first version of the crank) It was the … Continue reading

Vintage Bicycle, Modern Excellence

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste. Charles Baudelaire In a certain way, French builders dedicated their lives to achieve this ambition; flawless lines, subtle harmony and perfect geometry were all what came with the packaging. Their bikes were designed to match each and every expectations buyers could have had before stepping in the … Continue reading

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