1982/3, Elvish, green, pics, 55cm, $250 (craigslist / Madison)
Not mine ...
1982/3 Elvish 10 speed, French - $250 (Madison)
Date: 2011-10-29, 9:04AM CDT
Reply to: sale-c6t2h-2674818993@...
Bicycle: Elvish Extra
Frame material: "TUBES LAMINES A CHAUD -- TS 30.0 (NF 49643)"
Frame size: Seat tube - 55 cm c-t-c; top tube 56 c-t-c
Crankset: Nevar Star, 52/42
Derailleurs: Huret--look like the Huret/Sachs New Success, but only has word "Huret" on body--no "Sachs". Scratched/worn
Shift levers: Shimano 600
Freewheel: Atom SGDG, 14-15-16-18-20
Brakes: CLB, new old stock, perfect condition
Handle bars: Belleri (France) - embossed
Stem: aluminum, unmarked
Rims: MAVIC Sport (tubular)
Tires: Servizio Corse
Saddle: BIM #39, NOS but with some crazing
Seatpost: Simplex - cool aero looking thing - aluminum
Pedals: Atom 600 -- end cages cut off
Toe clips and straps: Christophe
Weight: 23.23 lbs as pictured
Decal at top of downtube says:
This is what I know about this bicycle (which isn't much).
Elvish was a French bicycle manufacturer in the early 1920's, probably based in or around Pau in southern France. They partnered with the French cyclist Victor Fontan to create the team 'Elvish Fontan' and raced the Tour de France in 1928 and 1929. Elvish produced high-end, Ducati-powered mopeds from the early to mid-1950's. Then, in the 1970s, Elvish bicycles were sold under the "Fontan" brand name. No idea what happened in the gap years.
Jump to the 1980's. Elvish/Fontan bicycles were imported into Canada by Ottawa Bikeway, a shop that went belly up in the 1990s. Bicycles Fiset in Montreal also distributed the Elvish's imported by OB. The dealer's decal on the downtube says,
VENTE SERVICE REPARATION
BICYCLES FIEST INC.
AGENT: CCM -- RALEIGH -- PEUGEOT
RAPIDO -- VELO SPORT -- LEADER
10629 PELOQUIN, MTL
A quick check of the web shows that Bicycles Fiset is still in business in Montreal, and even has the same address and phone number. Unfortunately, I was unable to get any information from them.
I purchased the bicycle as a seat-less, wheel-less frame several years ago (in the midst of my "French" period of bicycle collecting). I put on wheels, seat, seatpost and handlebar tape and replaced the original CLB brakes with a NOS set, in addition to a full regrease/rebuild. The Shimano shift levers are probably a replacement. The originals would probably have been Huret.
Condition: The paint is a metallic-flake green and has several small chips and scrapes, but the majority of the paint really isn't all that bad. However, right chain stay shows a lot of chain whip and all of the (water-slide) decals show minor cracking. Purchase includes an original set of Elvish water-slide decals. They are not an exact match to the decals on the frame, but since Elvish bicycles are rare as hens teeth, who's going to know?
Asking $250 as is or $150 without wheels (not everybody likes tubulars -- I love them) and if I remove the NOS CLB brakes and reinstall the original (tired) CLB brakes. Make me an offer.
More photos available upon request.
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