Bike of the Month – December 2019
I saw Thomas Beck’s Frejus TdF for the first time in Dungarvan two years ago and was completely ‘blown away’ by it. It is an absolute concours restoration. I was really pleased to see the Campag Record derailleurs and Balilla brakes, you don’t see them often these days…. and the ‘butchered’ Brooks Pro saddle – nice touch.
Bicycle Make: Frejus
Bicycle model: Tour de France
Date of Manufacture: 1962
Bike tubing is 531, Campagnolo Strada 151 chainset with 51/47 chainrings, 1st generation Campagnolo Record front and rear deraileurs, Gran Sport shift levers, Campagnolo two bolt seat post,and Campagnolo pedals. Balilla brakes and levers, TTT stem and bars. Brooks Professional saddle (butchered), Campagnolo large flange hubs 36 hole laced 4x to Nisi rims. a G. Caimi-castano free wheel. Bike frame was resprayed and completely nickel plated.
When I bought the frame it was surface rusted badly and fading paint. The serial number is four less than another Frejus TDF I own, so I had it resprayed to match. The bike handles and looks good.
Photo credits and thanks to Tim Potter who was one of the co-organizers of the Michigan Vintage Velo Festival at the Bloomer Park Velodrome in Rochester Hills Michigan where the fantastic photographs were taken.
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