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Old 04-06-08, 09:36 PM   #1
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Info on My New Gazelle

Hey all, thanks to my wonderful bike collective I've got my hands on this sweet old gazelle with what looks to be all orginal parts just missing the seatpost and seat. I was wondering if anyone had info on gazelle bikes(I just know they were dutch right?) or might help me date it. And what ideas folks had for the restoration and what I should hang on it.




I couldn't find out anything about this stem, it's got atax stamped on the side of it

it's got cottered stronglight cranks, the shifters, front and rear ders. and shifters are all huret
brampton hubs laced to rigida rims and bluemels fenders


this is the flipside of the rear hub, it's got gears on the other, but this side seems to be threaded for a lockring? is this some kind of amazing geared flip/flop hub?

thanks for any help!

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Old 04-07-08, 07:22 AM   #2
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Nice bike. I believe the Tour de l'Avenir was fairly high up in the Gazelle lineup.
The one's I've seen were all Reynolds 531 tubes (not sure about the stays).
Yours has an interesting mix of components, british and french mix.
The first thing I'd change out art the cottered cranks. The rest depends on
what you want to do with the bike.
Nice score.

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Nice bike. I believe the Tour de l'Avenir was fairly high up in the Gazelle lineup.
The one's I've seen were all Reynolds 531 tubes (not sure about the stays).
Yours has an interesting mix of components, british and french mix.
The first thing I'd change out art the cottered cranks. The rest depends on
what you want to do with the bike.
Nice score.

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Ahhhh...but the old Stronglight cottered cranks have a certain panache to them that fits the rest of the bike. I like the flip-flop rear hub.
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Most of the Tour de l'Avenirs I've seen had some variation of
TA crankset. And that's the first Brampton hub I've seen on one.
I'm thinking its a bit of a frankenbike, whatever parts happened
to be laying around.
me? I'd put Suntour Vgt, Vluxe or Cyclone GT on it with
TA crankset, suntour hubs on Araya rims and call it good.
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I dunno, I'm more inclined to keep the old steel crank for the vintage appeal as per CV-6, unless it really acts like a boat anchor...in which case I'd do as Marty suggests.
My question: is that Atax stem a danger (like the AVA) or relatively safe (like a Pivo)?
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thanks for the help and ideas everyone! Any guess on what year this might've come out of. Many of the parts(minus the cranks) seem to be 70's? and there is a 73 stamped on the seatcluster's lug so perhaps that is the year?

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maybe, '73 is probably "close" to the date, but more likely that's the lug angle.
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Nice find and what a wonderful rear hub... just imagine the possibilities.

I'd be keeping the Stronglight crank... I have a Dawes Galaxy at the shop with a Stronglight cottered crank (that it will be keeping) and would never think to swap the cottered track crank with it's swappable chain ring on my 1955 Raleigh Lenton fixed gear.
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