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  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    Reyhand cyclotouriste, 1936.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    Uldry cyclotouriste, 1936.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    Uldry cyclotouriste, 1936.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    Rene Herse Concourse de Machines, 1947; the saddle leather was drilled to shave weight.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    A. Faure cyclotouriste, circa 1948; the lavish specialization and gauges attest to Faure's primary vocation of watchmaker.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    Rene Herse campeur, 1949.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    Alex Singer tandem, 1950.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    René Herse porteur, 1950; Porteurs delivered newspapers to stands across Paris.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    Caminargent, circa 1951; An aluminum bike that can be completely disassembled, with Allen bolts securing tubes in lugs.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    René Herse Salon du Cycle, 1952; One of the finest examples of the constructeur's art.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    Longoni campeur, circa 1950; well ridden, with great character; the pennant reads, "Le Cyclo Touriste."
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    Goéland campeur, 1961.
  • Photo: From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press

    René Herse Démontable, 1971; note the top and down tubes, which separate so the bike can be broken down and carried in the trunk of a car.
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