Liberia Singlespeed

Liberia Singlespeed

Dominic Darko must have invoked a higher power to breathe life into this Liberia frame, a French marque that existed from 1918 to the early 1990s. If you’ve ever tried restoring a French frame and you’re not French or live in France, the fractional difference an English and French thread pitch can be enough to drive you to distraction. Fortunately, Dominic has the patience of a saint and an angelic eye for detail and divine photography.

Liberia were made by MFC (Manufacture Francaise Cycles) in the arrondissement of Grenoble, also producing motorcycles. While they managed to escalate their scale from the artisan to industrial, it still wasn’t enough to save them from the onslaught of Taiwanese frames into the country. This frame was resurrected by Dominic and combined with a Peugeot PX10LE to produce the elegant and Provincial gentleman’s bike you see here. The frame has been gun-blued and clear coated, and in a master stroke, the fork copper plated and matched with a copper-railed Brooks B-17. The entire parts list is predominantly French: Maillard hubs, Stronglight cranks and headset. Velo Orange provided a French-threaded bottom bracket, with Cinelli supplying the Priest handlebars and stem.

Dominic made the leather bar wrap, which, combined with the multitude of textures found elsewhere on his bike, result in a heavenly ride. His photography perfectly captures its rustic ambiance.

Liberia Singlespeed
Liberia Singlespeed
Liberia Singlespeed
Liberia Singlespeed
Liberia Singlespeed
Liberia Singlespeed
Liberia Singlespeed
Liberia Singlespeed
Liberia Singlespeed
Liberia Singlespeed

  • Paul Avila

    I like the overall treatment. Looks nice. The long piece of brake cable hanging out of the rear is kind of annoying. I have a 70’s Mercier that I am tempted to revive however the lack of french threaded parts in my stash is a problem. 

  • Paul, setting up the that brake cable that way is period-correct. 😛

  • Ateliers d’Embellie

    Really Nice…j’adore.

  • Ritchie Rozzelle

    Curious what he used to clear coat the gun blued frame. I have finished frames in gun blue and then had them powder coated clear, only to have them rust thoroughly after a few rainy rides. Many clear coats are porous as they are only intended to be used as a top coat. I’ve had better luck with several careful coats of rattle-can clear enamel sold at auto parts stores for painting engine blocks.

  • Onelesspedestrian

    Ohhhh yeah. This bike hits the spot.

    You can also thread both sides of a French bike with an English non-driveside tap, and use the English cups and lockrings from 2 pieced out cheap BB’s. The diameter is the same and pitch is “close enough” that this works. You also get adjustable chainline out of it. It’s pretty ghetto, but excellent for a north american bike nerd beater. I did a Peugeot this way, and this bike reminds me of that bike, just simpler and higher-end. LOVE IT.

  • Darko Dominik

    ..just to say hi and thank you for all the compliments. Also wanted to tell you that i am Dominic Darko not Todd?:) Cheers!

  • love the cables! what make are they?