1901 Peugeot Valentigney Bicyclette Sans Chaine (Acatene)
The ‘Bicyclette Sans Chaine’ was still a novelty at the turn of the century. With the popularity of shaft-drive models in America in particular, either the chain-driven or chainless design might have dominated. But the chainless – known as acatene in France – was more expensive to produce and, though a much neater style and less greasy for the rider, became too expensive for the market as the competition increased, mass-production was introduced and the prices of chain-driven bicycles came down.
This bicycle was manufactured when Peugeot was still located at their original manufacturing plant, in Valentigney (seen below).
The Valentigney badged machines are the most valued by collectors.
1901 PEUGEOT CYCLE CATALOGUE
BATES FARM BLUEBELL WALK, ARLINGTON, E. SUSSEX