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Offline Chilli Rinse

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Bernard Dangre BMX... a bit different
« on: July 28, 2020, 02:21 PM »
Hi guys,
So last year I bought a complete French bmx made by Bernard Dangre. I hadn't heard of the brand but it turns out they hand built road frames and bikes to order and larger runs in the 70s & 80s. By looking at the serial number I reckon mine is an 82. So whilst cleaning it up and trying to get it rolling I've discovered a few interesting features on the bike.

1. Everything is French threaded for road bikes, pedals, euro bottom bracket, forks and headset (can't get a standard stem in)
2. The seat post tube takes a 25.something  post (seems large for an early bmx)
3. The lower chain stays are oversized.
4. It has holes for internal cabling to the rear brake.

I know it's not the find of the century but it's kinda quirky. Does anybody know of any of these features on other early 80s BMX's? Any other European manufacturers known to do this. Do some mini BMX's use these smaller headsets and fork steerers? The ones on it are bent and need options if I'm keeping it. The components could be called lower end but with a few upgrades it could be a nice bike. It has Rigida Superchromix 20x2.125 rims with Michelin bicross tyres on New Star hubs and chromed Nervar 3 piece cottered crank. The normal chromed bars with flattened ends of the cross bar and minging skinny steel calipers and levers along with steel rat traps. My plan was to upgrade the wheels, bars, stem, brakes and crank, thought she would look cool then. What are your thoughts guys, worth the effort for something different or move it on ?

« Last Edit: July 28, 2020, 02:24 PM by Chilli Rinse »
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Re: Bernard Dangre BMX... a bit different
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2020, 03:18 PM »
Interesting features indeed mate. Any pics of the full frame ?  :)
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2020, 03:30 PM »
Coming soon  fistblump
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2020, 03:44 PM »
Here's a few pics
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2020, 10:38 PM »
Looks cool to me.  :)

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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2020, 01:26 AM »
Yeah looks cool - something different indeed. Shame the tyres aren't skin or gum wall - not a fan of full colour tyres unless it's all black 70's tyres personally. Reckon she'd look sweet with a pair of blue cheng shin comp III's or snakebellies  :coolsmiley:

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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2020, 04:41 PM »
Interesting indeed. Is the photo angle or are the forks slightly bend?
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2020, 07:57 PM »
 :LolLolLolLol: yup, mentioned above. The wheel sits over to one side in the forks too. I've tried other forks but they don't work with the small road headset  >:D
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2020, 10:59 PM »
I like it! Definitely worth the effort in my book, as it's always nice to see something different plus this has some interesting features. Vive la difference! :daumenhoch:
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Re: Bernard Dangre BMX... a bit different
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2020, 11:04 AM »
Turn wheel 180 degrees n ride into a wall n then tweek with long socket bars on wheel nuts to align legs, I'm sure this is how the experts do it  ;)

I like different, it's quite cool :daumenhoch:

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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2020, 01:26 AM »
I've decided to keep her so I got a few bits for the build. This will be a slow one though. Keeping all parts French and European where possible with a nod to the road bike link of the company.
Stronglight 93 crank and caps from a 49d, Stronglight alloy seat post. Most likely will go with a Weinmann brake set up and possibly a Cinelli Unicantor or Selle Turbo saddle.
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2020, 02:24 AM »
Liking the parts selection so far  :popcorn:
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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2020, 12:26 PM »
After another sleepless night and a late night search meant I found these bars for the build. French made CW style crmo Belleri, nos with marks and original price sticker. Taller than the og bars, should look cool.
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2020, 12:39 PM »
As this looks like it's a resto thread now, it?d be cool if a nice Radmin could move it over to the tech and resto section  fistblump
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