Appealing Alex Singer

Our size, too!

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1981 Alex Singer 650B. Details (in French, from the receipt): BICYCLETTE Randonneur, cadre sur mesures et d’après dessin, souda-brase, entièrement tubes REYNOLDS 531, série 5/10 extra légère, emaille sur enduit avec pattes AV & AR chromées. Montage a la demande. Sans selle et tige de selle. Measurements: Seat-tube 51 cm Top-tube 52 cm Head-tube 13.5 cm 10 cm stem, can’t measure the degree drop, but it looks like it’s -6, -8 degrees (that’s a guess) Its in a powder/baby-blue with chrome details. The photos speak for themselves. The components: Pelissier 2000 Pro high-flange hubs, Super-Champ 36 hole rims, Grand Bois Cypres 650×32 tires. Mafac 2000 brakes, F/R. TA Crankset, 170 arms, 50/40/32 TA chainrings. Huret front (downtube) and rear derailleurs. 13-24 cassette. Stronglight Competition headset. Phillipe handlebar 40cm. Soubitz rear-tire sidewall dynamo, front and rear lights* Z Course frame pump. I purchased this bike from a regular Ebay seller of Herse and Singer bikes, enjoyed cleaning it up, rode the inaugural California L’Eroica 2015 on it, had a blast, but it’s time to find a new home for this bike. The *on the lights indicates that it will need to be completely re-wired – the existing original wires are sheared off at their openings. I replaced the brake and shifter cables and the brake housing. It rides GREAT! It’s light and nimble. The gearing provides a wide-range, so I was riding more than walking during the Eroica. The rear fender is a little banged up, and it looks like at some point there was a rear carrier installed. Presently there is a front rack and the in-house decaleur, with a Sologne handlebar bag. The Grand Bois tires have ~ 300 miles on. NOS Mafac brake hoods on perfectly lacquered handlebar tape. The entire front fork is chromed. Handlebar bag is included. A copy of the sale receipt is with the bike. Local pick-up is fine, I can coordinate SF/Oakland drop-off, otherwise I will use the BikeFlights shipping system at a flat rate of $200 USD. Ship only to CUSA. In lieu of pick-up or shipping, I will be at the North American Handmade Bike Show Saturday evening and all day Sunday [Feb 27/28th] if you want to collect it there.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1980-Alex-Singer-650B-/391386274065

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Singer—56 and a half

Front rack looks very cool, but we’re sad it doesn’t have silver fenders (mudguards).

Bring Your Own Saddle (and Seatpost).

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56,5 cm c to c seat tube, 700C wheels.

This bike is a bit of a mystery to me, the serial number isn’t standard Singer practice, a few frame details are atypical (seat cluster), but it has clearly been worked on in the Singer shop as many frame details are 100% Singer : sealed annular bearings bottom braket, seat tube without a bolt designed to take a Singer internal expander seat post, brased-on cable stop, brake stop and cable casing guide on top tube, Singer torch fixations front and back, beautiful lugged front carrier bolted to front fork with detachable low riders etc…

The lugs have been carefully filed.

The bike has Singer paint and decals on the down tube, not on the head tube.

Parts are of top quality : Maxi-Car hubs, Philippe stem and bars, Mafac brakes, Stronglight craks, TS double chainring, Berthet Lyotard pedals, etc.

The torch fixations shows it was designed for long distance events like PBP.

Note : the saddle and seat post are NOT included in the auction, they were just added for the photo shoot to give an idea of the complete bike.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/A-Singer-late-60s-56-5-cm-Rene-Herse-Huret-Maxi-Car-/371459201075

Singer (55cm)

Will it sell at the current asking price?

That is the $5,000 question.

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Alex Singer randonneuse
650 b, 55 x 55, late 70’s

This is a real one from the workshop, not a subcontract.
It comes with some specialities from Singer:
bottom bracket, stem and décaleur,
rear rack (easily removable), front rack with side (easily removable too).
These are really nice options.

The bike is in really sweet mechanic condition and can be ride directly, without overhaul
(no play, tyres as new, new cables, brake’s rubbers as new, etc.)

size is 55 x 55 cm centre to centre
stem is 95 mm centre to centre

Frame and fork: Alex Singer Reynolds 531, top of the fork is chromed (little miss on the right top, see picture).
The paint is in good condition with traces of use and some touch up (see pictures).
It still beautiful and the blue colour is charming.

BB: Alex Singer sealed bearing, perfect condition.
Headset: Stronglight Spidel competition in alloy, perfect condition.
Stem: Alex Singer 95 mm with décaleur for the Sologne, beautiful.
Bell: Ping.
Handlebar: Philippe Professionnel. Bar plugs: GB.
Seat post: Simplex Alloy
Saddle: Idéale 52 with serial number.
Brakes: Mafac 2000, levers with new half hoods.
Crank set: TA triple 48-40-28
Pedals: Campagnolo Record with Campagnolo toe clips.
Lights: Soubitez integrated, work very well.
Gear levers: Huret alloy
Rear derailleur: Simplex SLJ
Front dérailleur: Huret Success braze-on
Rims: 650 b Super Champion
Hubsets: Maxi-Car, Cyclo competition freewheel, Campagnolo Record skewers.
Tyres: Grand Bois

The bicycle comes with front and rear Alex Singer rack and the Sologne front bag.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alex-Singer-650-b-randonneuse-55-x-55-late-70s-Herse-/381424790829

Alex Singer with Reynolds 753 tubing

We bet the ride must be extraordinary.

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54 cm c to c seat tube, 700C wheels.

All original parts, very good paint end decals.

Superlight Singer in expensive 753 tubing. I’ve seen very few Herse or Singer bikes made from this top quality but difficult to work tubing.

Singer stem, front carrier, rear mudguard reinforcement, and all the braze-ons of the better Singer bikes.

Best parts : TA triple, Campagnolo hubs, Super-Champion rims, Huret Jubilee derailleurs, TA pedals, Mafac competition brakes and levers, Idéale Rebour saddle.

The simplified lugs, the fork top, are reminiscent of some of the bikes that Singer had made by CNC, but the quality of the bike is incomparably better than any CNC-Singer I’ve ever seen.

CNC bikes weren’t fitted with a Singer stem, had really cheap parts whereas this one has the best parts of the time. On other CNCs I’ve seen the stay to dropout area was very roughly done (dome shaped endings to the stays), this bike has the correct Singer fishtail work. CNCs had horizontal dropouts, this one has vertical. CNC lugs were unfiled, the workmanship on the whole rather shoddy, on this bike the lugs although simplified are very finely crafted, check in particular the seat cluster.

CNCs didn’t have brazed-on brakes, cable stop, cable guides, mudguard reinforcement etc.

So the bike is a bit of a mystery to me, maybe a basic frame made by CNC by their best craftsman, and then heavily reworked by Singer? 753 Reynolds certification wasn’t easily given. Or a Singer built frame in CNC style, the simplified lug shape having something to do with the very difficult to braze 753 tubing?

Whatever, it’s a really nice bike, and a wonderful ride I’m sure.

Update : an expert opinion I have taken (I know more about Herse than Singer) says he thinks it is a 100% Singer, the simplified lugs were common at this time, and the details are all typically Singer. We both agree it’s a very nice bike…

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alex-Singer-randonneuse-late-70s-Reynolds-753-/361332200784

Postscript: the auction closed at a fitting $5,600.

700c Singer

That’s really yellow…

Interesting placement of the down tube decal. Is that customary?

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53,5 cm c to c seat tube, 700C wheels.

All original, some scratches to paint and chrome defects, overall very good.

Top of the range Singer racing bike with chromed lugs, Singer stem, filed lugs, top quality parts.

This is of course a genuine Singer bike, not one of those cheap Singer-labeled CNCs that the shop also sold in the 70s.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alex-Singer-racing-bike-mid-70s/361309338681

Singer

The next owner might be singing for joy at coming into possession of such a beauty.

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Alex Singer 80’s Randonneuse 700c in very good condition !

Seat tube : 57cm center to center
Top tube : 58cm center to center

Components:

Alex Singer front rack
Alex Singer mudguard reinforcement
Maxicar hubs Wolber rims 36 spokes , nice and true
Sachs Huret derailleurs
Mafac competition brakes
T.A. crankset
Brooks Saddle
full light set.

The frame and parts were built by Roland Csuka at the Alex Singer shop in Levallois.
Serial number is close to 3000 which means a bike from mid 80’s. Serial is stamped on the rear dropout and on the fork.
It is fully original except the tires …

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 !

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alex-Singer-Constructeur-80s-Randonneuse-57cm-700c-VGC-/252001016331

Edit: it’s now an auction.

Note that the seller originally wanted $6,900 for it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alex-Singer-Constructeur-80s-Randonneuse-57cm-700c-VGC-NR-/252002728161

Postscript: the auction closed at $2,800. Well bought.

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.