Re: [CR] Seen: 1971 Lejeune with Mafac Cantilever brakes

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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 09:33:19 -0400
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Subject: Re: [CR] Seen: 1971 Lejeune with Mafac Cantilever brakes

For those who would like to see the subject bike, it appears to be this Lejeune:

It is noteworthy that while many of the components in the build are modern and it is obviously geared to ascend mountains, the MAFAC cantilevers were retained. They are light and very effective brakes. A simple and clever design that must have been very economical for MAFAC to produce.

Charlie Young Honey Brook, PA USA

On Mon, 26 Jul 2010 21:46:46 -0700, verktyg <> wrote:
> The bike belongs to one of the local CR regulars. It IS a real Lejeune
> cyclocross bike in classic early 70s Lejeune red. He rode it in the
> Rough Riders Rally this past weekend.
> Mafac cantilever brakes were more or less copies of other famous brands
> that appeared on touring bikes, randonneurs and tandems as far back as
> the 30s.
> Weird? They have panache! I have several bikes with them!
> Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
> Chas. Colerich
> Oakland, CA USA
> Matthew Bowne wrote:
>> Just a guess here, but maybe...cyclocross?
>> Matthew Bowne
>> Brooklyn NYC
>> On Jul 26, 2010, at 6:14 PM, Leslie Tierstein wrote:
>>> I was in Marin county (CA) over the weekend, so I decided to ride down
>>> to
>>> Mill Valley, to see what sorts of bikes would show up at the Rough
>>> Riders
>>> Rally ( ). Since I was
>>> staying
>>> in San Rafael, I had to ride over a mountain to get to Mill Valley,
>>> but it
>>> was worth it. There were lots of interesting bikes (some KOF, such as
>>> Rivendells), but the most interesting (for me) was that early 70's
>>> Lejeune
>>> (red!). I didn't even know before I saw them that Mafac made cantilever
>>> brakes. Boy did they look weird. The bike was set up as cyclocross, but
>>> what was it originally set up as? The frame had no eyelets for racks or
>>> fenders, so clearly not touring. But it fit the knobby cyclocross
>>> tires just
>>> fine.
>>> Thanks for any info that can supplement the brief bits available on
>>> wikipedia.
>>> Leslie Tierstein
>>> Arlington VA (usually)