The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles

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

Reyhand cyclotouriste, 1936.

Uldry cyclotouriste, 1936.

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


Uldry cyclotouriste, 1936.

Uldry cyclotouriste, 1936.
(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.

Rene Herse Concourse de Machines, 1947; the saddle leather was drilled to shave weight.
(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.

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


Rene Herse campeur, 1949.

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


Alex Singer tandem, 1950.

Alex Singer tandem, 1950.
(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.

René Herse porteur, 1950; Porteurs delivered newspapers to stands across Paris.
(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.

Caminargent, circa 1951; An aluminum bike that can be completely disassembled, with Allen bolts securing tubes in lugs.
(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.

René Herse Salon du Cycle, 1952; One of the finest examples of the constructeur's art.
(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."

Longoni campeur, circa 1950; well ridden, with great character; the pennant reads,
(From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press)


Goéland campeur, 1961.

Goéland campeur, 1961.
(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.

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.
(From The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, photo courtesy Jean-Pierre Pradères, © Vintage Bicycle Press)

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