1952 Selection Gents Tourer (French)

1952 Selection Gents Tourer

 

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This superb French tourer is a new-old-stock bicycle. Until it was assembled just before I bought it in 2007, it had remained in its original packing box since 1952.

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Like the bicycle above, my two ‘Select 52′ cyclemotors, made by the same company, were also ‘new-old-stock’ from a Paris cycle shop that closed down in 1953.

You can see that these early ‘mopeds’ were not far removed from bicycle design.

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In what was no doubt quite an innovative arrangement in its day, the Le Poulain engine operates via 3 gears on the back wheels. And there’s a spring inside the front handlebars for the front suspension!

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Here’s a photo of it as it was stored, unused in the cycle shop.

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Selection was a well-respected upmarket cycle manufacturer/ distributor; and Le Poulain made a variety of cycle-attachment engines to fit to bicycles.

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Although I have come across various Le Poulain engines on cycles, I have never seen another model of the Selection/ Le Poulain.

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Published on August 15, 2008 at 6:46 am  Leave a Comment  

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