Forgotten History of Paris Bicycles


Ilan Vardi

The following are pictures of city bikes bearing the legacy of the greatest cycling champions of all time. All these pictures were taken with my mobile phone in Paris neighbourhood, except for Rudy Altig, which was taken in Geneva. That one is unique in mentioning the prestige of the brand name. Every conversation I have had with an owner revealed total ignorance of its significance. I actually learned about Raymond Delisle this way, since I had never heard of before. Unfortunately, I have not always had my phone with me, or was unable to take a picture, I therefore missed out on the brands Petit Breton (that bicycle has since been replaced) and Raphael Geminiani.

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