You are buying a used Urago road bike. This bicycle was hand Built by the famous Urago Brothers of Nice, France featuring Vitus Steel "3 tubes" (where the primary tubes are all Vitus), Simplex drop outs and beautiful lug work. The "mustard" (yellow/orange) paint has a solid patina from all of these years and the chrome lugs do have some oxidation. This bicycle most likely dates between 1948 and 1950 due to the graphics used on the frame as well as the "Lam" brakes and the Simplex components. During this era the Urago brothers produced some of the finest road bikes to be found in France, it wasn't until the mid to late 60's that Urago began producing inexpensive bike boom bikes to meet the increasing demand for bikes and eventually this ruined their reputation and brought about their end. A truly collectible French cycling masterpiece. Please see photographs for details.
56cm Seat Tube: (top to center)
56cm Top Tube: (center to center)
79cm Stand-over Height
Ideal 44 Leather Road Saddle with Ideale seat clamp.
"Special" quill stem with ornately lugged styling (90mm extension).
Unmarked Steel Handlebars
"Lam" Brake Levers (no gum hoods present).
"Lam" Super-Dural caliper brakes.
Simplex Downtube Shifter for rear derailleur. Front Derailleur shifts via push lever mounted directly to the derailleur itself.
Simplex Competition Front Derailleur
Simplex Tour de France Rear Derailleur
Durax Grand Luxe Chain Set with Simplex Chainrings (50, 46)
Berthet Lyotard Pedals with Christophe chromed steel toe clips and Lapize straps.
The originality of the wheels I'm uncertain of. Front hub is all French as I'd expect with a Porthor P.C. Luxe front hub laced to a Pivo tubular rim. The rear wheel however is an early model Campagnolo Hub with a "NISI Moncalieri" Rim, both both rim and hub of course being Italian. Both Tubular tires are shot (dried out from age). Both wheels are 700c.
4 Speed Freewheel.
Serial Number as presented on the non drive side drop out: 1586 55