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)
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.
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
(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.