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Roger Rivieremoschika
Nov 26, 2002 7:34 PM
saw one of these at the junk yard. noticed shimano dura-ace brakes but everthing else seemed "cheap". also hand made in france sticker.

can't find much on this. it was a very big frame but in good shape. can anyone tell me more about this.
Roger Riviere made by Gitane and more info.wspokes
Nov 27, 2002 4:35 AM
Roger Riviere are French, made by Roger Riviere last known sponsor, I think Gitane. Roger Riviere raced around the time of the early 50s with Coppi. he was one of the riders on the ill-fated Safari that Coppi contracted Malaria on. Roger held a World Championship title or a World hour Record title or something like that at one time in his life. A good rider! Until a terrible day in the Giro where he plummeted off the roadway, becoming paralyzed. He died a few years back, 1999 or so I believe of illnesses related to his disabilities. He started the Roger Riviere line after the accident and had his last sponsor make them, Gitane. He had some high end framesets and some gas pipe boomer jobs. I had a 70s Roger Riviere in white with accented gold trim. Rode nice, I believe it had vitus tubing, handmade in France stickers and foil seat tube sticker. Simplex components and a cottered crankset. chrome crown covered fork. Check the rear derailleur, is it integrated or claw. Integrated was, of course, the better quality frameset. The company was gone by the mid 70s. Hope the info and history lesson helps, some info may not be completely accurate like the dates and such but I tried.

Roger Riviere made by Gitane and more info.moschika
Nov 27, 2002 12:51 PM
it had a clawed rear derailleur, suntour i believe. the "cheap" parts were the cranks. i don't know what brand but they were cottered with the chrome crown. i doubt this was a high end frame.
Roger Riviere made by Gitane and more info.wspokes
Nov 28, 2002 10:56 AM
Cheap or not, grab it out of the garbage. clean it and fixie it! No doubt the cranksets were cottered "Solida". Those were common on the low end Riviere! Enjoy!
it's way too bigmoschika
Nov 28, 2002 12:06 PM
i'll go back and check but the thing was very big. the the old dura-ace brakes might be a nice replacement on an old motobecane i picked up there a few weeks ago.