Franck's Victoire De Ville
Franck's Victoire De Ville
After road bikes, for a touring or sportive use, and MTB presented in the last times, this is a different vision of our work with this Victoire De Ville made for Franck.
A long-considered project
Although the needs are a bit different, the spirit is the same: a unique bicycle designed to match our customer's demands, both on the riding and aesthetic sides..
Franck wanted a simple and elegant bike for his daily commuting rides, with a minimum of maintenance.
To steer his choices, Franck spent a lot of time finding inspiration in US builders' creations. Two held his attention: the Speedvagen Urban Racer and the Burlington Burner from the missed Ezra Cladwell from Fastboy. We admirate Ezra's work for a long time, in addition to the quality of his work, he was such a creative guy. Taking inspiration from him is a maneer for us to pay tribute to him.
From these specifications, we could translate Franck's needs to the creation of his bespoke urban bicycle. The comfort was one of the main demand, so we chose small diameter Zona tubing from Columbus
Franck selected several beautiful machined parts from different US manufacturer to built his custom bike. The White Industries Double/Double crankset is pretty unique. It gets a double machined chainring, mounted on the drive arm. The free-wheel gets also two sprockets with distinct number of teeth. This configuration allows to get two different ratio with the same chain length, by just adjusting the dropouts. For this, we used Tange sliding dropouts with Paragon Machine Works aluminium inserts.
Therefore, Franck wanted to keep the possibility to mount a rear derailleur, but he did not want cable-stop in order to disturb the design of the bike.
The solution was to braze eyelets on the downtube to welcome removable cable-stop. Then, you just have to change the insert of the drive-side dropout by one with a hanger and you can build a classic drivetrain.
To make his bike very personal, Franck trust in our experience in wheel-building to lace his handcrafted wheelset from White Industries ENO hubs.
Still from the North American continent, the brakes are the Cantilever models from Paul Components. The Chris King headset comes straight from Portland, Oregon.
However, this bike does not forget where he comes from, and the saddle and the bar tape are handcrafted with care in France by Gilles Berthoud to bring the final touch to this bicycle.
Inspired from the Speedvagen Urban Racer, Franck wanted a stem/handlebar combo to get a bike with an uncluttered style. It bases on a Vélo Orange handlebar brazed with a bespoke Victoire stem.
At last, he wanted to be able to run some errands and carry some bags on his bike, but still keeping in mind to not distort the global design. We made a custom removable rack that fit perfectly with the other components.
These different parts are painted in harmony with the custom frame and fork. Franck took his inspiration from an Austin Mini car model for the color. This custom paint required a lot of work and precision from our painter, Ludo, and definitely gives a unique and very personal style to this bespoke steel bicycle.