Roger Riviere

I have finished up a project with a client who is using a Roger Rievere frame.  Having a good amount of experience with French frames of the 1970's, I was unfamiliar with the bike or the name behind the bike.

(from online sources)
Roger Rivière (23 February 1936, Saint-Etienne - 1 April 1976, Saint-Galmier) was a French track and road bicycle racer. He raced as a professional from 1957 to 1960.
Rivière, an time trialist, all-around talent on the road, and a three-time world pursuit champion on the track, lost his career to injury. He was positioned to take the lead in the 1960 Tour de France but crashed on the Col de Perjuret descent of Mont Aigoual in the Massif Central while following leader Gastone Nencini. Rivière hit a guard-block on the edge of the road, falling 10 meters into a ravine. He landed in brush, breaking two vertebrae.
There are some pretty striking photos of Riviere as he lay after his crash in a ravine, twisted and paralyzed.  They are not necessary for me to repost them here.
Rievere had admitted to using the drug Palifum, which may have factored in his judgement and subsequent crash.  Many accounts list him as a tragic figure, someone full of potential 
1975 model
Regarding his bikes, I found this:
 ...were made by Gitane, Rogers last major sponsor during his cycling career. Roger Riviere had an unfortunate accident during the Giro where he rode off the roadway and down an embankment suffering severe injuries to his back causing paralysis. The Riviere line of bikes had bicycles extending from low end to some high end models which were showcased at the bike shows in the 70s. The high end models featured chrome lugs. Other bicycles were bike boom bicycles mostly with foil seat tube stickers and handmade in France stickers. Most of these bicycles featured chrome tipped forks and chrome fork crown. The 70s era bike boom Riviere’s used cottered Aduprat crank sets, simplex components, 27 inch wheel sets, and CLB brakes. The Roger Riviere bicycles disappeared around the late 70s
The frame itself was acquired on ebay,and arrived in my shop about 1 week later.  It does have many of the details French bikes from the era share, from lugging to geometry.

There is a sticker that says "hand made" on the reverse of the head tube, and I wondered if that meant that it would deviate from sizing standards. 
The bottom bracket is threaded French, but thats what I expected.  Looks like I'll be ordering one of these...

Here are some initial shots of the bike as it arrived in the shop.

More to come as this build is booked for a few weeks from now....
(Jump forward a few weeks to build day!)

The bottom bracket was decidedly French.  Check out this post to see the tool/process that I used to install.

After the BB went in, the square tapered crank slipped right on.  Its a 170mm pake, with 46t teeth

I built up th ewheels using Surly hubs, Alex Dm18 Rims and Dt Swiss double-butted spokes.

Drive-train installed and tested.

the client selected these great Nitto bars.  they were 50cm across, and we cut them down to 44cm  to facilitate his urban commute better (so he's not knocking into parked car's mirrors)

Oury grips were slelected.  Not sure if they're French, but they sound French, so that a s good fit.  We had to cut the grips down slightly in order for them to fit, wioth teh bvrake lever, on the shortened bars.


This was a great projects, and hit on alot of what I enjoy about my shoyp...a great client, a historic bike, a few challenges, great build weather and in the end, a smooth riding 35 year old machine thats back on the road.  This client's day job is near my day job down on Wall Street, so I am looking forward to seeing this bike locked up outside of his office soon.

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