Lewis Grand Prix Duralumin
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Category:  Brakes
Name:  Lewis Grand Prix Duralumin
Brand:  Lewis
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Years:  N/A
Country:  France
Added By: peterbman on 03/10/14
Updated By: peterbman on 02/02/16
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Lewis Grand Prix Duralumin
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Design Category Cable Adjuster
Quick Release Attachment Bolt Type
Cable Attachment BoltFront of Arm Markings
Back of Arm MarkingsReach CategoryCantilever
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Robert van Driel: "Le Lewis parts were developed by constructeur Louis Villemus from the Rhône-Alpes area, the marque being a pun on his first name. These components were around from the mid 1930s to the late 1940s. Villemus was an oldtimer competing with youngsters like Herse and Singer in the Concourses of the 1940s. One of his machines won the Grand Prix Duralumin category "serie" in 1946. "Lewis" then joined company with the mighty Etienne Bernadet, who inspired a generation of builders through the Reyhand bikes he co-developed and rode to victory in 3 consecutive Grand Prix in the 1930s. Although he's largely forgotten, Villemus seems to have had some influence. There had been earlier models, but the Lewis cantilever brakes appear to have been the blueprint for the slightly later and near identical Mafacs....I believe it's safe to say there would have been no Mafac Racers and Raids without the work of Louis "Lewis" Villemus, ..."
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