Someone is unloading a couple of Alex Singers

One is a 1946 55.5cm in 650b with a noteworthy provenance; the other is a 1982 58cm in 700c.

The first bike:

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1946 Alex Singer : Ernest Csuka’s personal Bicycle.

It is a 1946 – top of the line – Alex Singer Randonneuse which was updated and repainted in the 70’s in order to be sold to an Alex Singer Customer.

It is the former bike of the nephew of Alex Singer and owner of the shop til 2009: Ernest Csuka.

It can easily be recognized as a 40’s AS with it’s marvelous short seat cluster. Serial number is “454” which is Ernest Csuka Personal number (confirmed in the golden age and A Singer book)

The lugs are beautifully thinned and perfectly executed. I’ve never encountered such a perfectly made AS frame before. I do not wonder that the bike was made
with an extra special care and a lot of spare time.
The frame is in excellent condition and the paint with a nice gloss, with some scuffs/ little paint chips as usual for a bike with mileage. No dent, no corrosion – very nice.
Beautiful workmanship on this lightweight Vitus frame and fork.

It is a very roadworthy bicycle. It is very forgiving of the terrain: we must remember all the cobblestones in Paris in the 40’s !
That is why the fork works as an damper and the 650B tires are helping a lot, It is perfect for rough surface roads.

It is lightweight at 11.6kg fully equipped with lights, dynamo (and of course including all the steel parts !)

Maxicar and Super Champion wheels are very nice, true and spokes are as new.

The bike is equipped with a very useful “repose chaine” feature. No more dirty hands when replacing a flat tire on the rear wheel !

A.S. Decaleur holder part for the handlebar bag is included, but not in pictures .

Sizing:
Seat tube: 55.5 cm
Top tube :55.5 cm
stem : 95 mm

Components:
Alex Singer Stem 95cm C/C
Alex Singer front rack
Alex Singer fender reinforcements.
Maxicar hubs Super champion rims 36 spokes , nice and true
Huret derailleurs
Mafac brakes
Stronglight 170mm double crankset
Idéale 90 alloy rails Saddle
full light set.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alex-Singer-1946-Randonneuse-55-5cm-650b-Ernest-Csukas-bicycle-VGC-NR-/251965044476

And the second bike:

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Alex Singer 1982 Randonneuse 700c in very good condition !

Seat tube : 58cm center to center
Top tube : 56cm center to center

Components:
Alex Singer Stem 11cm C/C
Alex Singer front and rear rack
Maxicar hubs Super champion rims 36 spokes , nice and true
Huret jubilée derailleurs
Mafac Gt brakes
Stronglight 175mm triple crankset
Idéale Saddle
full light set.

The frame / Stem and parts were built by Roland Csuka at the Alex Singer shop in Levallois.
Serial number is in the mid 2500 which means a bike from 1982. Serial is stamped on the rear dropout and on the fork.
It is fully original except the bell …

The frame is in excellent condition and the paint with a nice gloss, with some scuffs/ little paint chips as usual for a bike with mileage. No dent, no corrosion – very nice.
Beautiful workmanship on this Reynolds 531 frame and fork. Crisp lugs and brazing.
Original patina – just cleaned for pictures.
A marvelous ride as well, very predictable bike. riding a nice straight line with a heavy handlebar bag or without !

This randonneuse has been on the road for more than 30 years, but is in perfect condition thanks to his very, very careful owner:
3 times Paris-Brest-Paris finisher. He is right now on the road doing his 600k ! (on another bicycle of course) I’m selling on his behalf.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alex-Singer-1982-Randonneuse-58cm-700c-VGC-NR-/251964944083

Postscript: the 650b auction closed at $5,732, the 700c at $5,110. Both well bought, in our opinion.

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