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"Bernard Carre was a legendary frame-builder, based in the
town of Montreuil just on the eastern side of the Paris
peripherique - the Paris inner ring-road."
"Although his work is very well known, and he was a prolific
builder - what I call a two-a-day man. - as he seemed to
have the ability to make frames quickly and to a well tried
and tested recipe, as much of his production was destined
for use by the leading French Pro riders, and it is known
that he built most of Anquetil's frames in the 50s, as well
as Geminiani's, Anglade's, to name but a few."
"His trade frames were workmanlike and designed and built to
do a job of work, they rode well...but his personal custom
frames are rarer and show more attention to detail and
"He left his trade mark - his name stamped into the
top-eyes - on many of his frames, but he never seemed to
have down-tube transfers."
"Carre seemed to have a long working career; some say he was
building in the 40s, and it appears he was still building in
the late 80s even..."