On this Friday evening, with the gentle cool breeze blowing across my summer garden, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite photos of my bicycle restorations from the 1920’s through the 1950’s:
I purchased this 1962 Daniel Rebour Cycle booklet from Jan Heine about 5 years ago. Back then I carried it with me whenever I took public transportation to work (TriMet) so I could peruse its French language pages and stare longingly upon its Daniel Rebour drawings at my leisure. While I have never taken a French language class, I studied Spanish extensively in my youth and was at one time fluent in that language. That made it easier to have a rudimentary comprehension of what I was engrossed in while bumping along toward downtown Portland on the bus. Eventually I realized that I didn’t want the pages of this rare vintage publication to become dog-eared, so I set the booklet aside in my special bin for special stuff not to be messed with.
I have consulted this little tome a few times since then when I needed some background information on components and bicycles produced in the early 1960’s. Recently, I dug it out because I had remembered an odd through the frame cable routing for a rear centerpull (Mafac) brake. And even more recently, I wondered if this little booklet contained any information about French Cyclo rear derailleurs. I figured probably not, as these derailleurs were becoming obsolete by the late 50’s. And, I was right about that. But, I once again was drawn into this publication, which is organized by bicycle component categories: Frames and tubing (Le Cadre); Bottom Brackets (Les Roulements); Cranksets (Le Pédalier); Chainrings (Les Plateaux); Pedals and Toe Clips (Pédales et Cale-Pieds); Wheelsets (Les Roues); Tubular Tires (Les Boyaux); Derailleurs (Les Derailleurs); Brakes (Les Friens); and the remaining chapters on saddles, handlebars, and accessories.
Daniel Rebour’s treasured drawings are featured in a number of print publications. One of these is Frank Berto’s The Dancing Chain. I frequently consult Berto’s book for insight and guidance on setting up vintage derailleurs.
Daniel Rebour contributed significantly to our understanding of vintage bicycle components. He left a legacy that all cyclists benefit from, especially those of us committed to preserving the legacy of vintage bicycles, and we are all the better for it. I am grateful for his contribution.
The 1941 Goeland that I have been restoring – a process involving bringing it back to its original condition as much as possible – had a JOS head and tail lamps that were incomplete. The head lamp was missing its internal parts, with only the pretty aluminum shell remaining, while the rear lamp had still had its “guts”, but was missing the reflectors. I was fortunate to find a replacement set recently on eBay.
And, I still have some money in my bank account! This replacement set probably dates to the late 40’s or early 50’s. I decided to harvest the “guts” of the replacement head lamp and put it into the original shell, which still has some of its red highlighting visible on the JOS starburst logo, as you can make out below:
It was very easy to remove the lens and electrical internals and transfer them to the original shell:
JOS lamps are sought after by restorers and collectors, but I haven’t found much information about the company.
The replacement tail lamp was not an exact match. However, the length is about right, so I will remove the old “guts” of the rear lamp, and probably not even need to drill any new holes in the fenders.
The JOS replacement lamp has some interesting markings: Agre’e’ T.P. C 89.
The reflector is cracked, but the rest of the lamp appears fine.
I look forward to getting these replacement lamps installed and functioning, using the Radios Z 27 dynamo that is original to this Goeland, shown above. Setting up dynamo wiring can test one’s OCD levels and related need for counseling. Below and above is a nice and professional looking wiring job, from the original bike.
I’ll try to follow this example when I rewire the system. After that, a little mental health therapy may be in order!