St Etienne, Loire, France  

Circa 1911 ~ late 1950s.

Click on small pictures to see a larger view                         Updated 1.22.2014

    "Le Chemineau" is an antiquated word meaning wanderer or vagrant. Interestingly, not unlike the meaning for another French bicycle brand, "Gitane."  Company founder, Joanny Panel and Claudius Bouillier established a patent on their derailleur mechanism in 1912, and were early proponents of derailleur use in bicycles.  

Background info on the
Toton Velo web site 

Head badges HERE

David Lester's web page dedicated to Le Chemineau

Le Chemineau city bike
on eBay Sept. 2010

Le Chemineau touring
on eBay 2013
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