Paris Sport

Updated 3.27.2022

Paris Sport & Victor Cycles were “house brands” name applied to many bicycles as sold and distributed by Park Cycle & Sports in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. Vic Fraysse, with his son, Mike, imported or had made in the States, frames sold as Paris Sport. These were manufactured by multiple suppliers including Bertin, Vitus (Bador) and Starnord (the latter bikes made by Bernard Dangre’s company DANGRE-STARNORD, of Valenciennes, northern France. This company also made bikes under the France-Sport and NORD-STAR brands. It also had the rights to the Eddy Merckx name for France.)

“..(Starnord was a) relatively small family-owned affairs but they managed to produce a full range of bikes from kid’s’ tourers and racers right through to serious amateur racing machines… sponsored local semi-pro teams from time to time. An interesting fact about Dangre-Starnord is that the company never kept any stock; it did not have a warehouse. Every frame and cycle built was ordered by someone, and each customer, regardless of the model, price, etc., of their bike and could choose their own spray finish from a range of about 20 colours.”
“Both Dangre..(was) on the route of the Paris – Roubaix classic, … being just around the corner from the first ‘ravitaillement’ zone on the route.” Norris Lockley

In addition to “regular” manufactured bikes, there were Paris Sport high end frames made by interesting specialty builders who had brief stints for the Ridgefield Park concern. Those included Francesco Cuevas (Spain), Pepe Limongi (France), Dave Moulton, Mike Melton, Paul LeMaire, Ramon Orero and Bill Ralph (UK).

PARIS SPORT catalog early 1970s

Courtesy B. Hanson

PARIS SPORT catalog mid-1970s

Courtesy John Giardino

PARIS SPORT review in Bicycling magazine October 1977

Courtesy John Giardino

A Paris Sport model "Vigorelli" discovered by "Nick Z"

Steve Derby's very clean Paris Sport with full Campagnolo