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    Senior Member wrote4luck's Avatar
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    Restoring a Gitane

    Hey everyone,

    I bought an old Gitane Victoire the other day and I'm restoring it for my girlfriend. She likes french stuff. The original paint and decals were wrecked, so I painted it blue. Putting the final coat and a clear coat on tomorrow. Check it out:

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    Ooh la la! Lookin' good.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    Clean it with PPG DX330 Wax & Grease remover before doin' anymore sprayin'!
    Painting over greasy fingerprints is a bear!!!

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    Nice bike - no, what about that username? What's behind that?

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    I got the username from a Happy Mondays song, you Brits oughta know that one.

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    All finished:


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    Nice!

    I think you should get rid of the plastic portion of the spoke protector though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrote4luck
    I got the username from a Happy Mondays song, you Brits oughta know that one.
    I though that was what it was - that's why I asked. I didn't think many Americans listened to the Mondays!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammyboy
    I though that was what it was - that's why I asked. I didn't think many Americans listened to the Mondays!
    You just brought up a British band that I've never heard of - and given my following of the Brit rock scene (I never read Rolling Stone, had a subscription to NME), that shows how little they penetrated the states.
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    They were, with The Stone Roses, the absolute cream of the crop in the late 80's early 90's as well. I don't think Baggy really got to the states though. Shame really, since the first Stone Roses album is an all time great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrote4luck
    Hard to dislike a bike posed in front of the 'Band of Brothers' box set.
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    See the movie "24 Hour Party People" for a nice look at the Happy Monday's scene.

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    I like that "student crossing" sign in the background with the figure on all fours spilling a beer. Hilarious!
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    Yes, I'm a college student. Those days are over soon as I'm a senior. I have six years active duty Army following my comission, though. Yay Army Aviation.
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    And ain't that Harry... Whathisname from Alien? Right before he gets eaten? That's why I don't have a cat . Oh yeah, spiffy build but I'm with Sierra - lose the dork disk if you can.

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    You titled this thread "Restoring a Gitane'. I don't think "restore' means what you think it means. You most certainly are not restoring this bike.

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    Ok, this is true, I'm actually "saving it from certain doom."
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    Hey wait...Isn't this your girlfriend? Oh oh! Isn't that my BEDROOM?


    But yes, nice bike. Lose the dork disc and all those extra cogs/chainrings. DO IT.

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    Good one, she's wondering where you got this picture... so am I.
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    Please refer to her Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59773208@N00/

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