Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Senior Member AcornMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    145
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Is this bicycle worth anything?

    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?













    Last edited by AcornMan; 09-12-09 at 08:12 PM.

  2. #2
    Senior Member Homebrew01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Ffld Cnty Connecticut
    My Bikes
    Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
    Posts
    16,027
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by AcornMan View Post
    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?
    Ask a mod to move this thread to the Classic & Vintage Appraisal sub-forum for better response.
    Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

  3. #3
    SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07 Walter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    SE Florida, USA aka the Treasure Coast
    Posts
    5,303
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'll do that for you.
    “Life is not one damned thing after another. Life is one damned thing over and over.”
    Edna St. Vincent Millay

  4. #4
    SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07 Walter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    SE Florida, USA aka the Treasure Coast
    Posts
    5,303
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ok, now that we're here.

    The bike is not real collectible but is a nice bike. For someone looking for a mixte frame your bike could be a nice choice. I doubt you could get $100 and some will say alot less but if someone is looking for a clean mixte frame bike, you never know.
    “Life is not one damned thing after another. Life is one damned thing over and over.”
    Edna St. Vincent Millay

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    10,416
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Try looking in Craigslist or EBay for similar bikes. Here is one selling for $135: http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/bik/1367985559.html
    No idea if the price is realistic (i.e., if it actually sold). Also, used bike prices in Portland are higher than most other parts of the country.

    Those early-1980s French bikes use different threading that is not compatible with modern Asian or Italian component groups. High-end French bikes are collectors items, but not so much for the cheaper bikes.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Homebrew01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Ffld Cnty Connecticut
    My Bikes
    Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
    Posts
    16,027
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Still looks a great "ride-around-town" bike, nice & clean.
    Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

  7. #7
    Unjust Judge and Injury FallenSky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Staten Island, NY
    My Bikes
    Trek 7.3 FX '09
    Posts
    18
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would pay about $100 for something like that. Nice bike.

  8. #8
    Senior Member RobbieTunes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    15,698
    Mentioned
    50 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    I'd pay $100 if it was here.

    Robbie ♪♫♪...☻

    I'm not a doctor, but I watch them on TV.

    1982 Lotus Classique
    1987 D'Arienzo (Basso) SLX
    2006 Cinelli XLR8R-2
    2008 BMC Roadracer SL01
    2014 Wraith Hustle
    2014 Wraith Paycheck (pending)

  9. #9
    DRF aka Thrifty Bill wrk101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    The NC Mountains
    My Bikes
    Too many to list, all vintage
    Posts
    18,876
    Mentioned
    71 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    I'd only pay $100 myself, but I bet someone in my area would pay up to around $175. Mixtes are getting pretty popular, I am just to cheap to pay full market for one.

  10. #10
    Stop reading my posts! unworthy1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    8,386
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd bet that this is late enough that it has British threads in the BB and HS (but not stupid enough to bet real $$, it's French, after all!). Since it's practically mint, you might be lucky and not have to open anything up for new grease, but after 25+ years, maybe that grease has turned to cement. I'm sure you could sell it for more if you list it on CL near a College: mixtes are in demand by fashion-conscious girls...at least until they discover Dutch City bikes (the next wave in female bike fashion)

  11. #11
    Senior Member sonatageek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Cleveland,Ohio
    Posts
    2,735
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would peg it at $100-175 --

    It does look to be in very nice shape.

  12. #12
    Vello Kombi, baby Poguemahone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Je suis ici
    Posts
    5,046
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Unusually nice mixte. Cromoly tubing, cotterless cranks, prolly alloy rims. Here, 150-200. Kansas? Heck if I know.
    "It's always darkest right before it goes completely black"

    Waste your money! Buy my comic book!

  13. #13
    Rustbelt Rider mkeller234's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Canton, OH
    My Bikes
    1990 Trek 1420 - 1978 Raleigh Professional - 1973 Schwinn Collegiate - 1974 Schwinn Suburban
    Posts
    8,265
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah, that is one of the nicer mixtes that I have seen. I got 150.00 for a steel rimmed lesser mixte, so based on that I would say 175 is possible. The big value killer is the fact that it probably needs a tune up.

    Still, it's a nice bike and Mixtes are Tres chic at the moment. The Gitane name does not hurt either, plus I dig the decals.
    |^^^^^^^^^^^^^^| ||
    |......GO.BROWNS........| ||'|";, ___.
    |_..._..._______===|=||_|__|..., ] -
    "(@)'(@)"""''"**|(@)(@)*****''(@)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •