Rene Andre is one of the lesser known French constructeurs but many Parisien cyclists rate him as one of the best. He was a builder in Paris, and used to braze for Cycles CNC. This bike has been restored and recently for sale on Ebay(I don’t usually post other peoples auctions, but this bike is beautiful and the seller agreed I could post the photos). 
The bike appear to be from the 1960s-1970s. In Fred Delong’s Guide to Bicycles(1974), he list Rene Andre as one of the few French builders recommended, along with Rene Herse, Alex Singer, Jo Routens, and R. Ducheron. The blue is perfect, I love it with the box-lining. 

Photos of the Rene Andre taken by photographer Jean-Pierre Pradères – photographer for Golden Age of Handbuilt Bikes, The Competition Bicycle, and The Art of the Racing Motorcycle.

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Ambrosio adjustable stem(same design as 3TTT)
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large front rack.
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Cibie headlight
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Stronglight 49d crankset with TA adapter(that appears to have been milled down, or at least profiles rounded).
Notice the chain rest,
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Mafac criterium brakes
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Mafac inverse levers
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Nice fender reinforcement, a treatment done by only the top french builders.
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I do like the chrome 16mm crank bolts, rather than the typical covers.

5 thoughts on “Rene Andre Porteur

  1. Where is the “chain rest”?

    I see a loop for an absent chainstay protector and a nut mounting the fender stay, but I don't see a chain rest.
    What am I missing?

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