Classic & Vintage - Is this Ginane worth anything?
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09-12-09, 11:39 AM
My wife got this Gitane bicycle in the early-to-mid-1980s, rode it a few miles, and then never touched it again. It has been hanging in her parents' garage for more than 25 years, until I finally took it down today. It looks like it would be ready to go after new tubes and tires and a tune-up. Any idea what it might be worth?
09-12-09, 12:08 PM
[QUOTE=AcornMan;9662239]My wife got this Gitane bicycle in the early-to-mid-1980s, rode it a few miles, and then never touched it again. It has been hanging in her parents' garage for more than 25 years, until I finally took it down today. It looks like it would be ready to go after new tubes and tires and a tune-up. Any idea what it might be worth?
It's not worth much.. Just send it to me for disposal. ;) :p All kidding aside that's a real time machine.:D:thumb::D
09-12-09, 02:04 PM
should probably move this to the "appraisal" thread...but, Mixtes are in demand right now in College towns and Urban markets. Clean 'er up and lube, apply fresh tires and you could probably sell for $200 or more, depending on where you sell and if the craze has hit there, yet.
+1 Not sure the mixte craze has hit Kansas yet, but around here, in ready to ride condition, $175.
09-12-09, 02:28 PM
It's worth riding, so get on with it.
garage sale GT
09-12-09, 03:34 PM
Looks like it's made of butted tubing judging from the Vitus sticker on the down tube. That looks like a good bike. What does it say? 171? 983?????:eek:
I hope you try to get some lube into the hubs, bb and headset. Some types of grease will separate when sitting for so long and the oil will creep out leaving the hub filled only with thickener which is squeezed out of the way by the first turn of the wheel, crank, or steering and stops lubricating. Dusty stains around the axle, bb, and headset are the telltale sign.
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