The ladies’ Hirondelle model features slightly more modern features than its predecessor such as both front and rear brakes. It also offers a “basket weave” protection to keep ladies’ garments away from the rear spokes.
Later versions had 4 speeds, 2 forward and 2 in reverse, thanks to a front derailleur. The Hirondelle Retro–Direct was made from 1903 until 1939, even as derailleurs and internal-geared hubs were becoming common; the simple reliability of the system kept it alive.
Designer/builder: Manufacture Francaise d'Armes et Cycles de St.Etienne
Country of Origin: France
Weight: 13608g/ 30lbs.