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Lewis

French Patent 778,940 - Lewis main image French Patent 887,170 - Lewis main image French Patent 892,633 - Lewis main image


see also French Patent # 778,940 1934

see also French Patent # 778,940 1934

French Patent 778,940 - Lewis thumbnail


see also French Patent # 887,170 1941

see also French Patent # 887,170 1941

French Patent 887,170 - Lewis thumbnail


see also French Patent # 892,633 1942

see also French Patent # 892,633 1942

French Patent 892,633 - Lewis thumbnail


Notice de Montage du Lewis Route 1942?

Notice de Montage du Lewis Route 1942?

  • Publisher: Lewis
  • Date: 1942?
  • Derailleur brands: Lewis
  • Derailleurs: Lewis Route
Notice de Montage du Lewis Route scan 1 thumbnail


see also French Patent # 902,512 1944

see also French Patent # 902,512 1944

French Patent 902,512 - Lewis thumbnail


Notice de Montage du Dérailleur Lewis CM7 1946?

Notice de Montage du Dérailleur Lewis CM7 1946?

  • Publisher: Lewis
  • Date: 1946?
  • Derailleur brands: Lewis
  • Derailleurs: Lewis CM7
Notice de Montage du Derailleur Lewis CM7 scan 1 thumbnail



see also New Cycling 05/1981 - Derailleur Collection

see also New Cycling 05/1981 - Derailleur Collection

  • Publisher: New Cycling
  • Date: May 1981
  • Derailleur brands: too numerous to list here
  • Derailleurs: too numerous to list here
New Cycling May 1981 - Derailleur Collection front cover thumbnail

Lewis, also known as Le Lewis, was the brand of Louis Villemos. An entry on velobase.com claims that the name 'Lewis' was a play on 'Louis'. I think that Louis Villemus was born in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, France, the other side of the mountain from Alpe d'Huez, and that he rode in the 1913 and 1914 Tours de France.

I believe that the Lewis business was based in Albertville, also in the French Alps and not so far from Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne. However, Louis Villemos additionally seems to be associated with the Reyhand bicycle brand, based in Lyon, and with a specialist cycle shop (and Reyhand dealer) run by a M. Bernadet in Voiron, near Grenoble. Albertville, Lyon and Voiron are all in the same general part of France, but are some significant distance apart from each other - Louis will have been a busy man travelling between them.

The Lewis product range included a number of well made derailleurs and some innovative and high quality centre-pull and cantilever brakes. Louis Villemus seems to have been able to produce particularly well designed and finished aluminium alloy parts, at a time when the aluminium components of other manufacturers were often rather crude and spurious.

Lewis appears to have been active between about 1934 and the late 1940s. I find it slightly surprising that the company was able to produce a flurry of up-market aluminium bicycle components between 1941 and 1944, at the height of the Second World War. It's not a time when you would have thought that aluminium, or indeed any resources, would have been especially easy to come by.

In 1952 Rodolphe and Roger Villemus, of Route de Chambery , Albertville, France, applied to register a design for handlebars for a moped. Perhaps they were Louis' sons and possibly this may indicate that the business was still active at this date.

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