Here's what I turned up:
VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Reynolds 453 Gitane posted by: Bill on 5/25/2003 at 2:20:26 AM
I just purchased from my local salvation army a very very light bike. I don't know a thing about these bikes, but I feel this might have been a good buy at 20 bucks. The label says Gitane and a sticker reads reynolds 453. There is also another sticker that reads DEFI. The pedals have straps on them. This bike is in very good condition, except for the tire rubber. Does anyone have any information on this bike for me?
RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Reynolds 453 Gitane posted by David on 5/25/2003 at 5:55:23 PM
Are you sure the sticker says "453?" Is there a model name on the bike? What brand name is on the cranks, brakes, and derailers (gear changers)?
RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Reynolds 453 Gitane posted by JONathan on 5/26/2003 at 7:09:30 AM
453? There is Reynolds 853 and Reynolds 653, but 453 is a mystery. There is an AL stainless steel with 453 that is not Reynolds, as far as I know. The 853 is from the mid-nineties. It "air-hardens" and it actually gets stronger after it's brazed into the lugs, but temp is very tricky. It's a fantastic steel. I'd look at the decal again and verify. It is an exotic steel if the number is indicative of the alloy ratios. What components are there? Gitane can be very high quality. I wish I had one. They are non-existent from my experience, although a friend had one that I rode. A quick bike! About like my Roold. Any more like that one?...JONathan
RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Reynolds 453 Gitane posted by Tom on 5/26/2003 at 12:00:49 PM
Reynolds 453 was a manganese-titanium alloy intended for sports and general purpose bicyles. Reynolds produced only the 3 main tubes in this alloy and they were single butted. Bottom of the line Reynolds, along with 501.
RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Reynolds 453 Gitane posted by Bill on 5/26/2003 at 3:00:40 PM
The sticker on this bike does say Garanti Construit Avec Reynolds 453. It is an Gitane bike. On the bottom of bike I did find what may be a model name (modele Vitus Depose u9594). This is engraved into the piece of metal that keeps the shifter cable in place.
Rim guts front--Mailard
Rim guts rear--Helico matic mailard
Shifter Equip.--Sachs Huret Rival
Large gear with with pedal holders--Nervar
Levers to hold and release wheels--Spidal
This may be more information than anyone needs. Is this bike a rare or good find? Bottom line is it worth selling or keeping?
RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Reynolds 453 Gitane posted by JONathan on 5/27/2003 at 7:12:52 AM
Keep, keep, keep. I'd keep the frame since that Reynolds 453 is a bit unusual. "Low end" is a relative term and it is not the single determinant for collectibility. I see that a lot of collectibles can be low end, of course a lot are not low end. To me, any bike that's got a name and that is over 25 years BP, is collectible. Do you really dig the bike? If so, I'd keep it. In my case, I figure there must be a reason (inexplicable) that I stumble onto bikes. Philosophy aside, it is uncanny sometimes. Good luck, whatever you decide...JONathan
BTW, I'd like to stumble on a Gitane.