1901 Peugeot Sans Chaine (Acatene)

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The ‘Bicyclette Sans Chaine’ was still a novelty at the turn of the century. With the popularity of shaft-drive models in America in particular, either the chain-driven or chainless design might have dominated. But the chainless – known as acatene in France – was more expensive to produce and, though a much neater style and less greasy for the rider, became too expensive for the market as the competition increased, mass-production was introduced and the prices of chain-driven bicycles came down.

 

1901 Peugeot Valentigney Bicyclette Sans Chaine (Acatene)

24″ Frame

28″ Wheels

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I bought this Peugeot chainless in 2010 and sold it five years later. Yesterday (September, 2021) I bought it back. It still looks exactly the same as in these photos.

 

 

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This bicycle was manufactured when Peugeot was still located at their original manufacturing plant, in Valentigney.

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1901 PEUGEOT CYCLE CATALOGUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PHOTO LOCATION: BATES FARM BLUEBELL WALK, ARLINGTON, EAST SUSSEX