Velosolex Club U.K.

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Paul G

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Joined Jan 21 2013
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63 years old
West Midlands
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Reply SteveW
5:30 AM on December 2, 2017 
Hi Paul, thanks for your note....just acquired two 2200 non-runners to have a go at over the winter. They both turn over and have compression so fingers crossed. Will try to post photos now.
Reply Ryan Sellars
3:32 PM on December 1, 2017 
Thanks for the kind welcome Paul,
I will see if I still have some pictures of the solex when I first purchased it probably around 15 years ago!
For the last 10 its been in pieces in the garage so its definitely about time I got it restored and hopefully registered so I can do some riding!
Reply Kevin,john,unwin
9:33 AM on November 27, 2017 
Thank you paul.
Reply gordonh7862
6:47 PM on November 17, 2017 
Thanks Paul
My question is which is the best Solex model to get and why?
Reply rocknrod
4:32 AM on November 15, 2017 
Hi Paul, I have read about getting a velosolex through the DVLA process. As the nova process needs a frame number It seems to me that the very first thing I need to do is get a dating certificate - am I right?
Reply cinelliguy
9:51 AM on November 8, 2017 
Hi to all! My real name is Guy and I live in Sonoma County California. Recently a local bicycle frame builder put out a notice that he was closing his shop and retiring. To that end, he was conducting a retirement sale of all his tools and machinery. I went down to his shop during the opening hour thinking to buy some tools that I could use working on my bikes or motorcycles. Once at the shop, there were 15-20 other buyers there, virtually all of the tools I was hunting were already gone, but on my way out the back door, I spotted what I thought was a Velosolex, stopped in my tracks and pulled it out of its resting place of many years. It was not a Velosolex, it was a Van Der Heem, I believe to be a 1963 or 1964. I took it home and started working on the engine. Decarbonized, fuel pump refresh, clean carb, cleaned the fuel tank and lines. Now waiting for a flywheel puller so I can take care of the spark side of the engine and I believe it will run just fine. I am not sure how to post some images here on the profile comments so I may post some images in the general forum area unless something more appropriate is seen.
Reply LesC
2:19 AM on November 7, 2017 
Thanks for the welcome Paul
Reply rocknrod
12:00 PM on November 5, 2017 
Hi Paul, thanks for the welcome. I have posted on the general discussion page and a red circle appears??? It seems to be asking me if I want to delete but I've only just posted.
Reply JezR
9:27 AM on November 2, 2017 
Thanks. I have been given a Solex 1400 (late 1958) to repair. It belongs to my brother-in-law, who says that it had been in an accident and since been stored in a shed for many years. Most of it is ok, just a few parts missing from the engine, along with some more parts damaged due to poor servicing methods (all too normal here in FR). So, an oily-rag restoration it is, to get it mechanically sound, while retaining as much of it's story as possible. Nice winter project. I will take some pictures as I go, and post updates, and no doubt the many questions I will need to ask along the way.
Reply Thompy Senior
2:18 PM on October 12, 2017 
Hello all you fellow owners, today I picked up my first Velosolex. I know nothing yet apart from it being a 2200s, well that's what it says on the air filter cover and little French insurance sticker! I need to remove a few covers to get at the engine and frame numbers although based on the two initial clues it could be between a 62-64. In all of the pictures I've seen I haven't ever seen the second rear foot operated brake, I'll post some pics.
Bought her at a local auction house, fresh from France, everything works and she fired up almost immediately and I zoomed up and down the road...haven't stopped smiling!
Reply Barty
7:40 AM on October 12, 2017 
Thank you for your kind welcome, I am picking up my 1960s 3800 velosolex this weekend and will be looking forward to posting photos and will welcome any comments and help I can get as a new owner with day to day maintenance and hopefully registering with DVLA and eventually getting on the open road .
Reply Ian
6:16 PM on October 3, 2017 
Hi Paul,
Thanks for the human welcome.

Have recently purchased a S2200, not had it out in daylight yet, so no opportunity for pictures, but I will try ;-)

Nice to see such an active community on here - I will definitely bee keeping an eye on things, and contribute where I can

Reply SMXT
4:17 AM on September 29, 2017 
Hi Paul
Thank you for the welcoming me. I have just purchase. Motobécane S3800 1978. I?m picking it tomorrow so no pictures yet. Had a VeloSolex S3800 in New Zealand that I rode to school on many years ago (long gone) so this is a nostalger trip in a way.
Reply Ken
3:56 AM on September 19, 2017 
Hello Paul, thanks for the welcome. I'm thinking of getting a Velosolex but at the moment I'm trying to get a feel for what I should buy and what seems to be a realistic price, so sitting watching eBay!. I'm not an experienced mechanic but don't mind doing a bit of restoration.
Reply Velopestridge
2:54 AM on September 3, 2017 
Thanks for the welcome PaulG, I'll post some pics of my Velosolex 4600, she's a bit rough round the edg s but fully working and very sweet little runner.
Reply Giles
10:55 AM on August 29, 2017 
Hello Paul,
Thank you for your welcome. I don't have a Velosolex at present, but will enjoy reading about members' experiences, especially travels in France.
Best wishes, Giles
Reply Robert Covey "Bob"
11:07 AM on August 26, 2017 
Thanks for the kind welcome, still trying to work out how to upload photos.
It seems tablets are not compatible, no upload button.
My S3800 solex has come from a local woodshed, its in pretty fair order considering, engine seized and most bearing shot but I'm into full engine overhauls.
Using the dating info its 1968/1969
Currently its fully stripped, all paintwork is at the paint shop, I followed advice stamping engine number on a nice strong frame part, actually the bottom bracket holding pedal crank axle, before taking everthing to the painters.
Chromework with the platers, special engine tools on order from France.
I will try to upload some as found, during rebuild and finished pictures, I guess I'll have to do that on the PC.
Club site is hugely helpful, hope to meet some members once I have the old girl useable again
Reply steve23800
5:43 AM on July 30, 2017 
Hi Paul thanks for the riendly welcome Ihave justgot my first one a Solex 3800 datedaround 1965 i think and hope tp post some photos of it soon
Regards Steve
Reply Alan Dredge
12:11 PM on July 11, 2017 
Hello Paul . I tried to upload some photos but no luck. I've only got an apple iPad that I use for most it stuff and I don't think maybe it's compatible . Regards alan.
Reply solexpete007
7:23 AM on July 11, 2017 
Hi Paul, just picked my 1968 ( my year of birth!) 3800 up on Thursday last week! My memories of riding solex's from childhood holidays on French farms ! Great fun! Will need lots of advice, and will try for a full restoration of this lovely little bike. Will try and download some pics taken just after I picked it up the other day!! Regards, Pete