Updated: October 3/2021

1970s Lejeune by BaCo

BaCos were fabricated by André Batifoulier and Louis Collas (i.e., BaCo). Their atelier was located at 125, rue Alexandre-Dumas, 93230, in Romainville, a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris. According to a French article, they used to produce about 200 framesets per month, including silver soldered 753s. Mine was most likely built in the late 70s. Besides Lejeune, BaCo built framesets for a number of other brands, most notably, Wohlhauser, a Lyon retailer and distributor. BaCo also supplied PUCH with framesets, including for their early 80s PUCH-Wolber-Campagnolo French teams. Also, here is a link to Roy Schuiten's Lejeune/BaCo 753 owned by Brian Samson (www.flickr.com/photos/57776045@N06/sets/72157626892636507/). Schuiten rode for the BP-Lejeune team during the 1976-77 season. This Lejeune is easily identified as made by BaCo due to the front and rear dropout treatments that were, sort to speak, the BaCo "calling card". This treatment uses drilling a hole into the domed ends of the Reynolds made tubing (highlighted in red on this bike). This bike was most likely special ordered, as most of its original parts have been reworked, to one extent or another. I bought this from a French seller in August of 2015. THE BIKE Frame: Reynolds 531 with chrome finish. Lug lining is original, all other red highlights are not. Brakeset: Mafac "Racer" (60s - 70s) Handlebars: Cinelli Mod. Giro d'Italia #64 Stem: Polished Cinelli 1A alloy Headset: Campagnolo Record Shifters: Simplex SLJ Retro-Friction Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Pat. 77 Crankset: 1975 Campagnolo Record Triple Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Record Pedals: Campagnolo Record Strada Wheelset: Campagnolo hubs (36 hole) laced to Fiamme rims. Chain : Everest Serie Special Freewheel: Everest Oro 5 speed Seatpost: Campagnolo Record 26.6 Saddle: Modified 1977 Brooks Professional