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    Gitane Tour de France ID?

    Can anyone help me ID this Gitane TDF? I can't seem to find one that looks like this in any of the vintage catalogs online....

    Thanks in advance for your help!
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    I don't know what it is, but it doesn't look like any TdF I've ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrdewes View Post
    Can anyone help me ID this Gitane TDF? I can't seem to find one that looks like this in any of the vintage catalogs online....

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    It is not a TdF. It may say it somewhere on it, but it is not. This bike was outed on the CR list for info. I know ID'd it as probably a late 60s Gran Sport or GS Luxe. I would think the real Gitane experts will weigh in shortly.
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    Thanks for the heads-up! This bike is listed on St. Louis CL for $125 and I was going to buy it. Would it be a fake or relabeled somehow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrdewes View Post
    Thanks for the heads-up! This bike is listed on St. Louis CL for $125 and I was going to buy it. Would it be a fake or relabeled somehow?
    No...it is the real deal. A low end gaspipe Gitane. Nice condition from the pics I saw.
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    I only paid $125 for my real TdF.

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    That's the basic Gitane Gran Sport - big giveaway is the painted forks - and the plastic wedge hemorrhoid saddle. We used to get those of Rogere Rivere's. Absolutely painful and the source of a lot of aftermarket saddle sales.

    Nice bike for what it is, but I'd expect more like $50.00 for it. I'd love to have one - at that price, max.
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    I found one in the trash and gave it away. It got passed from fixie hipster to fixie hipster; one painted the frame but is now trying to find a new home for it. All the components disappeared to parts unknown.

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    Should I feel lucky then that I only paid $100 for my TdF? From what I've heard and the condition it's in, that's a good deal, right?
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    Thanks for the info everybody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobydeemer View Post
    Should I feel lucky then that I only paid $100 for my TdF? From what I've heard and the condition it's in, that's a good deal, right?
    Depends. If you really want a response, post a picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
    Depends. If you really want a response, post a picture
    I already posted several. You were actually the last response on the thread, too.

    I have all the original components, and I've done a little more to it since the last pics as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobydeemer View Post
    I already posted several. You were actually the last response on the thread, too.

    I have all the original components, and I've done a little more to it since the last pics as well.

    New-to-me Gitane Tour de France- help pinpoint year?
    You got a great deal! Don't screw up that Stronglight P-3 headset. You won't be able to replace it for less than $100. It's easy to screw them up taking them apart if you don't under stand them.

    You must be very tall!

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    Cool. I thought it was a pretty good deal. What do you recommend for the headset, or do you know where to find the right tools?

    And I'm 6' 4". Which means it's awesome that a nearly 40 year old bike big enough to fit me only weighs about 22 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tobydeemer View Post
    Cool. I thought it was a pretty good deal. What do you recommend for the headset, or do you know where to find the right tools?

    And I'm 6' 4". Which means it's awesome that a nearly 40 year old bike big enough to fit me only weighs about 22 lbs.
    You only need one wrench. Use it to remove the locknut. Then remove the brake hanger and any spacers. The toothed washer comes straight up. Unscrew the top cup with your hand. Don't be tempted to use pliers.

    If the headset is shot, get one of these. You won't find a better price, even with shipping from France. They're one of the lightest you can buy and they last forever.

    http://www.xxcycle.com/a9,,en.php

    If I ever paint my TdF, it's going to be orange.

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    Awesome. Thanks for the heads up. And the orange is indeed really nice.
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