With the rise of the aircraft industries, aluminium alloys started to become a widespread solution for reasonably strong and lightweight vehicles of all kind.
One of the favoured classes of alloys was the so-called Duralumin. Combined with copper, manganese and magnesium, the aluminium could reach a strength which was comparable to that of steel.
France proved to be the first nation to make a more widespread innovative use of Duralmin alloys in the bicycle industry. Starting in the 1930s, companies like Mecadural, Barra, Caminargent, Duravia, Gnome et Rhône and Aviac all came out with well-designed bikes consisting of the magical silvery metal.
So we are proud to present to you an Aviac road bike from the late 1950s. Like most Duralmin bikes, the frame is not soldered or welded but the tubes are fitted into lugs by screwing pressing or glueing. Though the lugs naturally have to be thicker than they would be on a steel frame. Still, the whole bike has a truly elegant appearance with slender tubes and its long wheelbase, the conception of which clearly derives from the 1930s. That way, the frame makes perfect use of the natural dampening of the flexible aluminium tubes. On the other hand it is obviously not the bike which was designed to win a hard sprint. On long stages however, the plus in comfort would definitely pay off. br>
The bike is equipped with nice parts, including a set of . Completed is this ensemble by a sweet set of pedals and a front bidon holder.
Checked and despite its age good enough for some interesting rides.
Used. The bike is in good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. Decals are original. All parts have been checked and are working.
Frame & Fork
Aviac; Duralmin tubing and lugs
Le Simplex push lever
Simplex Tour de France early version. Upper pulley synthetic