Monday, November 30, 2009

Luxor Light, LeFol Fenders, & Curvy Struts

Here's a lovely set of LeFol mud guards complete with Luxor headlight (probably a type 50), unknown taillight, and curving fender struts. Note the interesting mount for the headlight... looks like the builder added a hole to each side of the shell, then bent some aluminum rod to form a support for the light and forward struts for the mud guard.

The rear strut is even fancier, curving past the top of the taillight, then up to a third anchor point on the fender. Go ahead, ask me if I'm gonna copy this! ;-)






















8 comments:

Gunnar Berg said...

Are you going to copy the stay arrangement?

I notice it also has the holes for a skirt guard for when you ride in drag. I've found that to be handy.

reverend dick said...

I like.

Anonymous said...

Lefol guards were magnificent - I had them on my tandem for years before wearntear got the better of them. The wrapround stays were on the outside of the guard to assist water flow and reduce splashback (which worked!); I think you will find that the rear light was made by bluemels (?); other detail on the guards include a wrapround of the edges - in part due to ensuring the otherwise sharp/thin edges didnt cause injury, to strengthen the structure and also provide a channel for lighting cabling to be concealed.
When I first got them I was a bit worried about the provision of only one set of stays per guard but they were absolutely solid. Also, as these were fitted to a Jack Taylor tandem for which I had front and rear tubular steel pannier frames, JT used to put fixings positioned on the underside of the frames to secure the guards - brilliant solution, absolutely solid!
The other key feature of the guards is the length of them - front and rear. You will not get wet feet! So the guards were VERY popular with tandemist/tourists and if 'someone' was to remanufacture something like these Im sure there would be a market for them - I'll have three pairs please!

Banjo.Man said...

Lefol guards were magnificent - I had them on my tandem for years before wearntear got the better of them. The wrapround stays were on the outside of the guard to assist water flow and reduce splashback (which worked!); I think you will find that the rear light was made by bluemels (?); other detail on the guards include a wrapround of the edges - in part due to ensuring the otherwise sharp/thin edges didnt cause injury, to strengthen the structure and also provide a channel for lighting cabling to be concealed.
When I first got them I was a bit worried about the provision of only one set of stays per guard but they were absolutely solid. Also, as these were fitted to a Jack Taylor tandem for which I had front and rear tubular steel pannier frames, JT used to put fixings positioned on the underside of the frames to secure the guards - brilliant solution, absolutely solid!
The other key feature of the guards is the length of them - front and rear. You will not get wet feet! So the guards were VERY popular with tandemist/tourists and if 'someone' was to remanufacture something like these Im sure there would be a market for them - I'll have three pairs please!

Banjo.Man said...

Just found some Lefol clones: http://www.velo-orange.com/fenders.html
One version (expensive) made in Japan; others made in USA by VO

rapidfire said...

The tail light arrangement on the fenders is made by Soubitez of France as are the fenders themselves. The top lens is one that I am seeking. These fenders were common on the Jack Taylor bicycle and are still sought by JT collectors today. A good substitute for the fenders (without the vintage lighting) is a Honjo (Japan) or a fender from Velo Orange. Both can be in the 'hammered' design

Anonymous said...

The bike must have been a Rochet.

-dural

Anonymous said...

Also, the taillight might not be original to the set...
-dural