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Bike swap in France -- any requests?(8 posts)

Bike swap in France -- any requests?philippec
Oct 17, 2002 7:45 AM
Every November there is a great bike swap meet held in Baillet-en-France just north of Paris. Over 200 booths full of bicycling tidbits -- anywhere from Cofidis (a friend bought VDB's bike 2 yrs back -- what a deal, it must of had 20km on it!!) and FDJ selling last year's team bikes to your local club selling whatever it has found when it cleaned up its meeting house. So, if there are any small bike thingies you have been on the lookout for, please let me know and I will keep an eye open-- no frames/bicycles/wheelsets, etc please!!!


Bonjour, PhilippeUncle Tim
Oct 17, 2002 9:09 AM
I don't have any pressing needs for any bike parts from France, but I would like your opinion about something.

I have several friends who live in Lorraine and it has been many years (1987)since I last visited them there. I've been toying with the idea of visiting them in France, taking a plane to Paris and then riding over a few days- a velo - to Nancy.

I have some very good IGF maps and it certainly looks very doable if the weather cooperates. Could I complete this trip by avoiding roads with heavy traffic and tough climbs?

Please tell me what you think!
absolument...philippe crist
Oct 17, 2002 11:16 AM
that should be no problem. My advice is to take the train/RER out of Paris to Meaux and roughly follow the Marne river and then the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Nancy. The IGN maps are excellent as are the Michelin ones -- the latter, however, can be viewed online Personally, I use the IGN for walks (topo lines!) and Michelin for riding (they have a system of single, double and triple echelon symbols indicating road slope grades which I find more than sufficient for looking for (or avoiding) the big hills.



P.s. When on the Michelin site and in Map/carte view, select 900x900 as the screen size, it is much more user-friendly than the little square view that comes up by default.
Merci, Philiipe, pour la bonne reponse!Uncle Tim
Oct 17, 2002 7:18 PM
J'ai des cartes de Michilin aussi. :)

Thanks for a great answer. In my leisure time, I often go to my maps of the and scout out potential routes. I have looked at the area from L'aeroport Charles de Gaulle, and Meaux, indeed, looks to be a great point of departure.

I'm thinking May of 2003...peut-etre :)
Thank you for the offer...Dave Hickey
Oct 17, 2002 9:16 AM
I'd be interested in any clothing by LOOK from the late 80's and early 90's. Any La Vie Claire team clothing. Please email me at

Yes! Send us Pictures Of Cool Stuff....Gregory Taylor
Oct 17, 2002 10:35 AM
I really liked you last photo essay, and some pictures of some of the more interesting offerings would be appreciated.
Especially stuff we can't find here in the States...n/mmmquest
Oct 17, 2002 6:29 PM
Mais oui...wheel_mag
Oct 18, 2002 7:11 AM
maybe a me at