If you’ve followed my story so far, you know that last fall, after the Eurobike trade show, I made a pilgrimage of sorts across France. I visited Mavic, Time, Look, and Cyfac to get a sense of their place in the landscape of the cycling industry in France. The full story of these factory visits is in the 2010 VeloNews Buyer’s Guide, which is available now.
After visiting Look Cycles in Nevers, I drove about four hours farther west, to the town of Langeais. It’s smack in the heart of the Loire River valley, and central to some of the best regional food and wine. We checked in at the ancient Maison Errard hotel and enjoyed a fabulous four-course dinner, followed by rustic but classy accommodation.
The next day, on several different maps we tried to locate the hamlet of La Fuye, home to custom frame builder Cyfac, but to no avail. Our GPS unit was similarly stumped. The proprietor of our hotel directed us to the nearby town of Hommes, where we found a local map on display at the village center. Fortunately it showed us where to find La Fuye, but even once we were there, I still had to ask for help from a passing letter carrier to find the Cyfac shop.
Langeais, southwest of Tours (which is three hours southwest of Paris) and just off the A85 Autoroute, isn’t hard to find, and well worth the trip. La Fuye might require some effort, but it’s worth your time.
Here’s a virtual tour of the Cyfac shop to whet your appetite. The best part is that Cyfac encourages customers to come for a visit, including a weekend of riding, wine tasting, and touring the region. So you, too, could see for yourself what makes this little framebuilder tick.
If you want to read more about my experience there, don’t forget to check out our Buyer’s Guide for the full scoop.