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Le Cycliste


see also TCF Rev Mens 01/1891 - Le Cycliste ad

see also TCF Rev Mens 01/1891 - Le Cycliste ad

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle January 1891 - Le Cycliste advert thumbnail







see also TCF Rev Mens 08/1899 - En Montagne

see also TCF Rev Mens 08/1899 - En Montagne

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle August 1899 - En Montagne scan 1 thumbnail



see also TCF Rev Mens 05/1900 - Plaine ou Montagne?

see also TCF Rev Mens 05/1900 - Plaine ou Montagne?

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle May 1900 - Plaine ou Montagne? scan 1 thumbnail



see also TCF Rev Mens 05/1901 - Sur le terrain

see also TCF Rev Mens 05/1901 - Sur le terrain

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle May 1901 - Sur le terrain scan 1 thumbnail



see also TCF Rev Mens 11/1906 - Le Moteur Adjuvant

see also TCF Rev Mens 11/1906 - Le Moteur Adjuvant

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle November 1906 - Le Moteur Adjuvant scan 1 thumbnail


see also Chemineau postcard - 1906 Velocio avec son carrosse de gala

see also Chemineau postcard - 1906 Velocio avec son carrosse de gala

Chemineau postcard - 1906 Velocio avec son carrosse de gala scan 1 thumbnail


see also Chemineau postcard - Vélocio à l’un de ses petits déjeuners 1906?

see also Chemineau postcard - Vélocio à l’un de ses petits déjeuners 1906?

Chemineau postcard - Velocio a l-un de ses petits dejeuners scan 1 thumbnail



see also TCF Rev Mens 09/1907 - Monos Contre Polys

see also TCF Rev Mens 09/1907 - Monos Contre Polys

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle September 1907 - Monos Contre Polys scan 1 thumbnail




see also TCF Rev Mens 05/1908 - A chaque âge sa bicyclette

see also TCF Rev Mens 05/1908 - A chaque âge sa bicyclette

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle May 1908 - A chaque age sa bicyclette scan 1 thumbnail


see also TCF Rev Mens 10/1908 - La Bicyclette de Route

see also TCF Rev Mens 10/1908 - La Bicyclette de Route

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle October 1908 - La Bicyclette de Route scan 1 thumbnail




see also TCF Rev Mens 08/1909 - Écoles de Cyclitation

see also TCF Rev Mens 08/1909 - Écoles de Cyclitation

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle August 1909 - Ecoles de Cyclitation scan 1 thumbnail



see also Chemineau postcard - 1909 L’École Stéphanoise

see also Chemineau postcard - 1909 L’École Stéphanoise

Chemineau postcard - 1909 L-Ecole Stephanoise scan 1 thumbnail








see also TCF Rev Mens 01/1911 - La Bicyclette au Salon

see also TCF Rev Mens 01/1911 - La Bicyclette au Salon

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see also TCF Rev Mens 02/1911 - de Vivie letter

see also TCF Rev Mens 02/1911 - de Vivie letter

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle February 1911 - de Vivie letter thumbnail


see also TCF Rev Mens 04/1911 - Un Nouveau Concours?

see also TCF Rev Mens 04/1911 - Un Nouveau Concours?

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle April 1911 - Un Nouveau Concours? scan 1 thumbnail


Le Cycliste 1911 - Prével d’Arlay ad

Le Cycliste 1911 - Prével d’Arlay ad

Le Cycliste 1911 - Prevel d Arlay advert thumbnail




see also TCF Rev Mens 02/1912 - Le Cycliste ad

see also TCF Rev Mens 02/1912 - Le Cycliste ad

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle February 1912 - Le Cycliste advert thumbnail


see also TCF Rev Mens 03/1912 - Nos Ennemis (part I)

see also TCF Rev Mens 03/1912 - Nos Ennemis (part I)

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle March 1912 - Nos Ennemis (part I) scan 1 thumbnail


see also TCF Rev Mens 05/1912 - Nos Ennemis (part II)

see also TCF Rev Mens 05/1912 - Nos Ennemis (part II)

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle May 1912 - Nos Ennemis (part II) scan 1 thumbnail


see also TCF Rev Mens 08/1912 - Nos Ennemis (part III)

see also TCF Rev Mens 08/1912 - Nos Ennemis (part III)

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle August 1912 - Nos Ennemis (part III) scan 1 thumbnail


see also TCF Rev Mens 11/1912 - Nos Ennemis (part IV)

see also TCF Rev Mens 11/1912 - Nos Ennemis (part IV)

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle November 1912 - Nos Ennemis (part IV) scan 1 thumbnail


see also TCF Rev Mens 03/1913 - La Bicyclette hors du Salon

see also TCF Rev Mens 03/1913 - La Bicyclette hors du Salon

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see also TCF Rev Mens 10/1913 - Nos Ennemis (part V)

see also TCF Rev Mens 10/1913 - Nos Ennemis (part V)

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle October 1913 - Nos Ennemis (part V) scan 1 thumbnail


see also TCF Rev Mens 04/1914 - Nos Ennemis (part VI)

see also TCF Rev Mens 04/1914 - Nos Ennemis (part VI)

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see also TCF Rev Mens 09/1920 - Jantes et Pneus

see also TCF Rev Mens 09/1920 - Jantes et Pneus

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle September 1920 - Jantes et Pneus scan 1 thumbnail



see also Random French postcard - Paul de Vivie dit “Vélocio” 1926?

see also Random French postcard - Paul de Vivie dit “Vélocio” 1926?

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see also TCF Rev Mens - 04/1930 Nouvelles du Tourisme

see also TCF Rev Mens - 04/1930 Nouvelles du Tourisme

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle April 1930 - Nouvelles du Tourisme scan 1 thumbnail


see also TCF Rev Mens - 01/1931 Les Salons du Cycle en 1930

see also TCF Rev Mens - 01/1931 Les Salons du Cycle en 1930

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see also TCF Rev Mens - 12/1932 La bicyclette au Salon de 1932

see also TCF Rev Mens - 12/1932 La bicyclette au Salon de 1932

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle December 1932 - La bicyclette au Salon de 1932 scan 1 thumbnail


see also TCF Rev Mens - 09/1934 Chronique cyclotouristique

see also TCF Rev Mens - 09/1934 Chronique cyclotouristique

T.C.F. Revue Mensuelle September 1934 - Chronique cyclotouristique scan 1 thumbnail


Le Cycliste 1952 - Huret ad

Le Cycliste 1952 - Huret ad

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Le Cycliste 1952 - Spirax ad

Le Cycliste 1952 - Spirax ad

Le Cycliste 1952 - Spirax advert thumbnail


Le Cycliste 1958 - Cyclo ad

Le Cycliste 1958 - Cyclo ad

Le Cycliste 1958 - Cyclo advert thumbnail


Le Cycliste 1961 - Zeus ad

Le Cycliste 1961 - Zeus ad

Le Cycliste 1961 - Zeus advert thumbnail

Le Cycliste is a French cycling magazine founded by the legendary Paul de Vivie. Paul de Vivie is widely viewed as the ‘father’ of the derailleur gear. The bare bones of the story might go like this:

  • In 1887 Paul de Vivie founded (and edited) a magazine called ‘Le Cycliste Forézien’. Forez is an area of great natural beauty to the west of St-Étienne and Forézien is a dialect spoken there and in St-Étienne.
  • In 1888 he renamed his magazine ‘Le Cycliste’. It continued to be published, under successive editors, at least until the 1970s.
  • When writing in Le Cycliste Paul de Vivie used the famous pen name Vélocio.
  • In 1889, inspired by the Cyclists’ Touring Club, he helped found the Touring Club de France (TCF).
  • Paul de Vivie regularly contributed articles to the ‘TCF Revue Mensuelle’ (the TCF Monthly Revue) from the 1890s to the 1920s. These articles served as an introduction for many readers to the even greater joys to be found in Le Cycliste.

None of this captures Paul de Vivie’s importance in the history of cycling. He was among the first Frenchmen to understand that there was the cut and thrust of racing cycling, there was everyday utility cycling for transport but there was also something else - a kind of cycling that was about unalloyed freedom, the simple pleasure of exercise in the fresh air, away from the crowded polluted city, a zen activity in which you competed against nobody but yourself and the view from the top of the climb was the only prize you required. Paul de Vivie called this type of cycling ‘cyclotourisme’ and wrote about it extensively in Le Cycliste.

Paul de Vivie also quickly realised that the very essence of ‘cyclotourisme’ included the brisk, but not too brisk, covering of heroic distances, the measured, but relentless, climbing of Herculean mountains and the achievement of all this without dying of exhaustion. This naturally led him to explore variable gearing, but to do so with a healthy scepticism about hub gears with their fixed gear ratios and their multiplicity of tiny, fragile, precision engineered, expensive, parts. This, in turn, led him, step by step, to the derailleur. And on the subject of the derailleur, Le Cycliste became the sacred vessel that carried the word of god.

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