Monthly Archives: August 2018

La Perle Mixte

Sometimes you have chance encounters that are quite nice indeed, but then, that´s what you go cycling for, I´d say.

When on our Normandy holidays this year, I had the opportunity to go for a late cycleride one day and met a very nice young Lady who was on a mid-range, but quite well preserved La Perle mixte, and who had time enough to allow me to take some quick snaps.

The machine belongs to her Grandmother who is still living in the area and the cycle has recently been serviced for the family to use, carefully, round the place. Even the leather pouches that belong on the left and right sides of the rack have been removed for safeguarding, so it is easy to assume that this bicycle is appreciated and will be preserved well. It actually showcases a tire size now back in fashion:

The bike is kitted out with Simplex lighting, all original, LeFol Le Martelé guards, a Nervar chainset, and a cute little flag that is lost on 99.9 per cent of bikes today, so a pearl this bike is, no doubt.

The frame as is not top range in the way that there is no Nervex Professionnel or R531, but still it has nice touches. I would bet that all lugs, bridges and what not are from the Nervex catalogue, Série Légère lugs and all.

The very pretty lining is also still in place.

The original idea seems to have been to buy a frame equipped for Simplex derailleur gears which were to be fitted later, but looking at the lever braze on and the rear hanger, this plan never seems to have been put in practice. The paint on both looks untouched.

Brazing quality is mostly very nice and worthy of a big brand like La Perle.

Some typically French touches: rear brake and rack fixtures.

Build quality of the bike as a whole is reflected in the closeness of chainwheel to chainstay, also affording a low Q-factor.

So, what a nice surprise on an evening ride.

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