i'm giving david an attaboy here.
the french builders (sorry for lumping them all together...)
were notoriously indifferent with respect to the "finish work"
on their frames. it's wrong to assume that if your investment
exceeds a certain amount that fine hand-craftsmanship should
be part of the equation. these are/were purpose built bicycles
and are without equal in their execution. pretty? maybe. pretty
cool? without question.