Goëland Special Randonneur c.1950 with Goëland Derailleur
The Paris constructeur Louis Moire was quite a prolific maker, from the mid 1930’s to the early 1970’s, under the Goëland (Seagull) name. From his shop at 44 Rue Etienne Marcel, he retailed mid-priced machines which were probably often made by outside frame builders. He seemed to like ‘Speedy’ tubing, a heavy duty cheaper product than the finer productions of Reynolds or Vitus. I’ve seen many Goëland bicycles, and they are often handsomely finished, but rather heavy and fitted with mid-range parts. Occasionally he produced special bicycles in top of the range Vitus or Reynolds tubing, fitted with the best parts and many hand made fittings. This is an example of such a machine.
The front Goëland derailleur (made by Louis Moire - builder of Goëland bicycles) is very rare and highly sought after. The rear derailleur is not original for this machine, but very nice and special in its own right. Rear derailleur should be a Cyclo normally.
Frame size: middle to the top of saddle tube 55 cm