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    Nervor forks

    Are these forks any good?

    I took them off my 75' Gitane that im in the process of restoring.



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    I don't recall reading anything negative about them. I've seen a few French bikes having the forks bent. Not the sturdiest of frames as they were lightweights, a respected Co. I don't think I would replace it with a different either. Let's see what comes up.
    Some of the Gitanes are sought after and I suppose that they made economy models too. I've seen mostly nice ones.

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    I've never heard of a Nervor fork. What model is your Gitane? They don't all use the same fork.

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    I believe bmxkidin's referring to a lug, crown piece or some other fixture found on French bikes. A photo or full description of model will help.

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    Alright im putting some pictures up(sorry for the lousy fuzzy kitchen pictures, its already dark and its raining out.

    My Gitane is a Tour De France, ive been told, mines probably just a low end model, i dont really care though. Im making this bike to fit me.lol. IM almost done restoring it, i just have the frame left to strip then repaint, then rebuild the crank, and all the other components to make it into a single speed(the shifters and all that didnt work to well anyways, plus i didnt really know how to use them.lol) then im starting on my redwood.haha

    Anyways heres the pictures, ill take some better ones after work tomorow.










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    Allthough theres a Nervor stamping I would say the forkcrown is Nervex. Go to classicrendevouz.com
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    It's a cool fork, unless it's bent, stay with it. Gitanes are cool bikes. Even the cheapos.
    Lots o' stuff on those bikes were Nervar , less so Nervex.

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    The Tour de France was 2nd from the top of the line during the early 1970's boom. The main triangle was Reynolds 531 but the forks were lesser grade, hence the Nervor imprint. I think they are good forks but not great forks, however unless you specifically do not like the ride characteristics they impart, there is no reason to change them.

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    My Gitane Tour de France from '71-'73 has a full Reynolds 531 DB frame and fork, according to the original decals. The triangular 531 decal appears on one fork blade, opposite the map of France decal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
    The Tour de France was 2nd from the top of the line during the early 1970's boom. The main triangle was Reynolds 531 but the forks were lesser grade, hence the Nervor imprint. I think they are good forks but not great forks, however unless you specifically do not like the ride characteristics they impart, there is no reason to change them.

    The only thing i dont like about these forks is that there are no cup bearings, when i dismantled it it was the old ball bearing style(just a bunch of little ball bearings coated in grease) so could i get some cup bearings and put on this? im talking about like the bearings on a bmx bike.

    Also i guess its part of the headset? but the bearing holder at the bottom of the fork tube(that big pipe) has the stronglight name on it, i do have a stronglight headset on this bike as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
    My Gitane Tour de France from '71-'73 has a full Reynolds 531 DB frame and fork, according to the original decals. The triangular 531 decal appears on one fork blade, opposite the map of France decal.
    Yea my bike has no decals , i was told it was a Gitane from the guys here in this forum.

    You wouldnt happen to know where i could get a decal set at do you? After i get it painted i'd like to make it look like an actual Gitane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by javal View Post
    Allthough theres a Nervor stamping I would say the forkcrown is Nervex. Go to classicrendevouz.com

    Fork crown?? Im pretty much a noob when it comes to bicycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmxkidinTexas View Post
    The only thing i dont like about these forks is that there are no cup bearings, when i dismantled it it was the old ball bearing style(just a bunch of little ball bearings coated in grease) so could i get some cup bearings and put on this? im talking about like the bearings on a bmx bike.

    Also i guess its part of the headset? but the bearing holder at the bottom of the fork tube(that big pipe) has the stronglight name on it, i do have a stronglight headset on this bike as well.
    "Cup beraings"? do you mean sealed bearing cartridges??
    I dont think you can use those unless the frame hed lugs were designed to accommodate them.
    You can improve your bearing situation in your headset by just going with a loose bearing installation. Get rid of the bearing holders and you can fit in more ball bearings to spread the loads better at the races.

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    Heres better pictures as promised.














    I wish i had taken some pictures before i stripped the forks and repainted them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmxkidinTexas View Post
    The only thing i dont like about these forks is that there are no cup bearings, when i dismantled it it was the old ball bearing style(just a bunch of little ball bearings coated in grease) so could i get some cup bearings and put on this? im talking about like the bearings on a bmx bike.

    Also i guess its part of the headset? but the bearing holder at the bottom of the fork tube(that big pipe) has the stronglight name on it, i do have a stronglight headset on this bike as well.
    That's just how bearings are on old road bikes. Loose balls within a bearing race. It makes them easy to service or replace.

    What you described as the bearing holder at the bottom of the fork tube is called the crown race and is a part of the headset. The fork tube is called a fork steerer.

    Also since the forks match the frame I would not replace them.

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    I wasnt planning on replacing them, i was just wondering how good they were, and maybe how old they are(im still not sure if its a 35 year old bike) Where could i get more of those little bearings at? when i finally got the forks out they went all over the place, i still have a few but lost most of them.

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    I was under the impression that just the steerer was Nervor, whilst the blades were 531, at least until Gitane went back to 3 tubes only on the TdF. The Nervor steerers were heavier, probably cheaper, than the Reynolds counterparts. My early 70's TdF had a Nervor stamp as well. Your fork crown is indicative of a TdF model. The Interclub (model below) was not as fancy. I'm not sure, but your frame might be older than a '75. TdFs went from Nervex to Prugnat to Bocama lugs, with maybe some Wagner crowns in there if I'm not mistaken.

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    Some "all 531" LeJeunes had Nervor steerers and blades, so who knows on the blades, one would have to strip the paint to know for sure, as to weight, the Nervor component fork I have is lighter than many other 531 forks, so no telling.

    Strong enough? Yes, worry about it? no. Might it have been cheating the tubing label? Yes.

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    I did find this bike which looks almost identical to mine, only mine had the shifters on the bottom tube, not on the ends of the bull bars.

    http://www.gitaneusa.com/images/mode...urdeFrance.jpg

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    also mine doesnt have a place for a kickstand.

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    I have noticed a lot of French bikes with this crown. My 72 Motobecane w/531 Tubes:


    I was never clear to me, but I don't think anyone used 531 DB on the forks just 531 steel. I have noticed this crown on Peugeots as well.

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    [QUOTE=SJX426;9936404]I have noticed a lot of French bikes with this crown. My 72 Motobecane w/531 Tubes:
    I was never clear to me, but I don't think anyone used 531 DB on the forks just 531 steel. I have noticed this crown on Peugeots as well.

    That's a very nice looking bike, but the fork crown does not look anything like the the OP's. It doesn't look like any crown I've seen on a Peugeot, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmxkidinTexas View Post
    I did find this bike which looks almost identical to mine, only mine had the shifters on the bottom tube, not on the ends of the bull bars.

    http://www.gitaneusa.com/images/mode...urdeFrance.jpg
    Your Gitane is not a '75 if it has those foil decals. They were only used until 1973. Repacements are available for $45 on eBay from Greg Softly.

    Those shifters are not original to the bike in the picture and it does not have a kickstand. Those are called drop bars. My Gitane is the same bike in the same color.

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    When i first got my bike it didnt have any decals. It got resprayed with red spray paint at some point in its life.

    Heres some pictures from before i started restoring it.







    Heres a picture of what the forks looked like before i cleaned them up and repainted them




    All i have left to do on the bike is to finish dismantling the frame(i have the crank,seat tube thats stuck, and the bearing holders left on the frame) then repaint it, get some of those expensive foil decals and install, get a new seat tube, then put it all back together after i make it extra shiny, im still not done wiht the forks, theres a few places i need to touch up then i need to wet sand and polish the paint, and then i need to polish the metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
    Your Gitane is not a '75 if it has those foil decals. They were only used until 1973. Repacements are available for $45 on eBay from Greg Softly.

    Those shifters are not original to the bike in the picture and it does not have a kickstand. Those are called drop bars. My Gitane is the same bike in the same color.

    The only reason ive been saying its from 75' is i took it to a local collector to see if he could tell me anything about it, he guessed it in the early to mid 70's so i just went with it. Where can i find these drop bars? itd be alot easier to push those down instead of leaning it up against stuff

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