Classic & Vintage - Gitane info
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I just walked out of one of our bike shops. They have a light blue Gitane (possibly mid'80's) that they want $200 for which includes a tune up. I couldn't get a photo but the tubing says 788 and appears strong. The front and rear deraillers are Simplex with 7 gears on the rear with downtube shifters. It has spoke protector on the rear which maybe indicates it wasn't a higher end model??
I know it's not a lot - but I don't know much about Gitane's and don't know if this would be more trouble in the long run (ie french threads, etc.).
09-19-08, 03:16 PM
Probably Vitus 888 tubing? It's a good bike, whatever it is, worth $200 with a tune-up. You can find Gitane catalogues online at Gitane USA (http://www.gitaneusa.com/) if you want to determine which model it is.
09-19-08, 03:19 PM
www.gitaneusa.com has many catalogs you can browse online. perhaps you'll find the model as well as the specs and original price, but sounds like a mid-range model with Vitus steel tubing. There's a chance it doesn't have FR threading as Gitane switched over (but gradually) to ISO in the 80s.
From the catalogs it looks like the bike is either a 1983 Interclub, Sprint or Grantour or a 1984 Interclub. It's in decent shape. The shop checked the bottom bracket for me and it's not a french thread. So, of course, I bought it. Some new wheels and a tune up and removal of the hideous aero bars and it'll be ready to go. I've attached some photos.
09-19-08, 05:52 PM
The model name may be on the right hand side of the top tube. Nice find, a decent price for that bike considering the tune-up.
09-19-08, 06:01 PM
Based on the decals, I'd say it's more likely to be an '84; according to the '84 catalogue, the Interclub is the only model with a Vitus 788 frameset. However, the color doesn't match the Interclub shown in the catalogue. Check the components on the bike against the components listed for the models in the catalogue-- that might help sort it out.
09-20-08, 01:26 PM
You might want to try contacting the BF member named lofter for more informqation. He has an impressive collection of eighties Gitanes.
I wonder why I see so few eighties Gitanes for sale?
09-20-08, 02:29 PM
There was a new in the box Gitane on Craigslist (Chicago) about two weeks ago -- a woman's -- beautiful bike.
09-20-08, 03:36 PM
I have a Professionnel of the 84-85 vintage that I've never been able to find much written about. It has full Reynold 531 and was built with midrange Campy parts. It on consignment in Albuquerque, NM so I have no ready photos.
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