vélos & pièces made in france

Grand Campeur

This stately Sauvage Lejeune campeur from circa 1960 is one I sold earlier.
Found in Paris, France, it flew to Seattle, USA.

This bicycle was probably custom ordered by a tall gentleman. Big bikes this specific didn’t come rolling off an assembly line. It has twin lateral tubes to reinforce the 63 centimeter frame, and large racks on the front and rear.

I supplied it with two pairs of vintage Sologne bags that saw the road to Russia and back to France.

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Here it is as found:

The Sauvage Lejeune was thoughtfully restored by its new owner Alex. In his own words;

    …preserve what’s left of the original finish, stop the corrosion, build a new wheel set, change to lower gears, and then load it up and use it for a couple more decades.

It will be ridden as it was intended, to go camping.
Alex, enjoy the Cascade Mountains.

Finished just in time for spring, this machine was shown at the Seattle Bike Expo 2012.

Sauvage in the front, Alex on the left

Alex’ set on Flickr

bags2bags1bags_backbags_front2bags_frontseatpost
sauvageheadtubestem_pivoFrail transfersDSC07572DSC07571
DSC07570VAR cotter pressDSC07568Mystery braze-on fittingMystery braze-on fittingDurax cottered crank
Ideale 43 type RecordDSC07560DSC07563Ideale 43 type RecordDSC07559Whole lotta steerer

Sauvage Lejeune Campeur Bike, a set by amoll68 on Flickr.

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