Cycles Equipe SMC Road Bike - Orange

cycles equipe smc road bike - orange
I was the beholder of this bike, and it's beautiful

So it's a couple years ago, and I'm selling this old English 3-speed on Craiglist. A Triumph. Or a Rudge. A Dunelt, maybe. Not important.

The thing's a piece of crap, even by vintage 3-speed standards. I found it stored under a tree, and the seat and top tube are covered with some sort of schmutz that looks like petrified pine pitch or dried bird shit. The rest of the bike isn't much better.



You may need parts like these if you're restoring a vintage Cycles Equipe SMC road bike.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your bike.
All bike repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.

I'd listed it on CL as a vintage bicycle restoration project, and I was honest about the condition. I even mentioned the schmutz.

Some guy comes out with his kid. They're looking for a bike to restore together, supposedly. He checks out the 3-speed. And he doesn't want it. "I didn't know it was going to be this rough."

No problem: there must be another 50 bikes under my carport, and he wants to look at them. Maybe he can find another project. Or something to flip. I really don't know what the guy's angle is. Who cares. If he wants something out of this pile of wrecks, he's welcome to dig.

cycles equipe smc road bike - orange
But this lopsided photo sure ain't

But he doesn't dig. He zeroes. Zeroes right in on my orange Cycles Equipe SMC road bike.

I love orange bikes. Especially worn, aged-faded orange bikes. I like French bikes almost as much as Japanese bikes. And I think obscure low-end vintage ten-speeds are cool. The Cycles Equipe? All of the above. An orange low-end French vintage ten-speed bike.

I don't have plans for the Cycles Equipe road bike, other than the same vague plan that I have for every vintage road bike that fits my height and appeals to my aesthetic sensibilities: "build it into a single-speed". I never actually do that, because working on crusty vintage ten-speeds gets really old, really fast. But the vague plan's existence in my mind means, simply, that I don't want to sell the Cycles Equipe road bike. Not yet, anyway. And certainly not to this guy.

cycles equipe smc road bike - orange
Cropped and blurry

But there's the guy, and his kid, and he wants my orange French ten-speed. He's going to restore it, or whatever. I don't know if he's teaching the kid bicycle maintenance, or if he has dollar signs in his eyes, but he's focused on the Cycles Equipe and he isn't taking "no" for an answer.

I want to throw him out of my yard. But I'm not a "throw people out of my yard" guy. Especially when those people want to give me money.

So I decide to sell the guy my precious orange French ten-speed. After all, if it's been in my carport for months, it isn't that precious. But there's a problem: I haven't photographed it. Which means I need to drive around the ghetto until I find an interesting backdrop. Preferably on a sunny day, because overcast days and me and photography don't work together well.

cycles equipe smc road bike - orange
Wrench theft is on the decline

But the guy isn't going to wait for me to indulge my "artistic vision". In fact, he doesn't understand why I need to photograph the bike at all. And he's pushy, and I'm annoyed, and to hell with it. So I prop up this amazing old orange French road bike against the back of my house, where the lighting is terrible, and hurriedly squeeze off a few awful shots of a bike that deserves much better.

I don't know who the guy was, but if he ever reads this: dude, you're the reason these photos of the Cycles Equipe SMC road bike suck a lot worse than my other photos.

Thanks.



Working on old ten-speeds is a good way to get your hands dirty.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your bike.
All bike repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.
cycles equipe smc road bike - orange - front end
Nice front end
cycles equipe smc road bike - orange - head tube decal
Cycles Equpe sMc head tube decal
cycles equipe smc road bike - orange - handlebars
These handlebars keep "cropping" up
cycles equipe smc road bike - orange - head tube side view
Simple lugs are the best lugs


I don't like working on vintage bicycles, but if you do, these parts might help.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your bike.
All bike repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.
cycles equipe smc road bike - orange - headset and brake cable guide
Locking headset
cycles equipe smc road bike - orange - cranks
Peugeot-esque cranks
cycles equipe smc road bike - orange - front derailleur
Simplex front derailleur
cycles equipe smc road bike - orange - pedal
Lyotard pedals