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  • Andy B

    very cool :)

  • RayG

    Tyre savers. Haven’t seen one of those for a long time.

  • HamishM

    Wow, what a find. And an 11 time PBP starter at that. Thanks for sharing!

  • Asha

    it’s the people you meet that makes cycling so great. It’s an instant ice breaker, that gives us something to talk about when you meet a new person.

  • Carl Hemmings

    What a beautiful person, and great story and find. I did a 8 week solo bicycle tour around France (Alps and Provence) back in 1998, chasing Pantani. I found allot of the French racing cyclist interested in my touring bike, and got invited many times to camp in there back yard. Great memories. Have a read and see some photos here http://carlhemmings.blogspot.com.au/1998_07_01_archive.html

  • marcus_moore

    Thanks for the write-up of a special find.
    Only element missing…
    The link to their Airbnb home so we can all visit (not all at once!).

    • Search for “Double suite spacieuse idéale pour 4 personnes” in Viviers, France.

  • OverIt

    Awesome, was just about to cull the collection, maybe I’m not “that bad” after all ;)

  • Grego

    Magnificent. Merci, Monsieur Leon, for sharing your history and collection with us.

    Has anyone else noticed that “F. Allemane” frames, as featured in the video, have only _one_ relevant link in Google search?

  • Matt Walsh

    Fantastic story. Amazing bikes. Cool guy. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The Tour de France always serves up unexpected challenges and unexpected gifts. You stumbled on a magical one. Matt

  • Larry @CycleItalia

    Great piece, thanks for sharing!!! The quote “why we ride, of the need to strip away the carbon, the expensive clothing, and the over-priced coffee ..” explains the growing interest in L’Eroica and other bici d’epoca events worldwide. We like to say “Ciclismo come una volta” (Cycling the way it used to be).

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