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Old 09-12-09, 11:38 AM   #1
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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?














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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?
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Old 09-12-09, 12:08 PM   #3
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I'll do that for you.
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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.
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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.
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Still looks a great "ride-around-town" bike, nice & clean.
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I would pay about $100 for something like that. Nice bike.
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I'd pay $100 if it was here.
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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.
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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)
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I would peg it at $100-175 --

It does look to be in very nice shape.
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Unusually nice mixte. Cromoly tubing, cotterless cranks, prolly alloy rims. Here, 150-200. Kansas? Heck if I know.
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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.
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