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    Huzzah for the French!

    Some photos of my two Gitanes; a 1971 Super Corsa (awaiting decals and bar tape) and my 1972 Tour de France. Both are sweet bikes - lets see photos of yours...
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    Oooo. Love a green French bike. Those are beauties.

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    I really need to get me one of those early 70's TdF or Super Corsa's. Maybe when the kids leave the house.
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    1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France;1982 Trek 610; 1980's Univega Supra Sport (fixie); 1975 Teledyne Titan; 1968 Peugeot PL8; ;1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1972 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1981 Trek 510; 1993 Trek 950 mtb; 1996 Klein Pulse II mtb; 1997 Klein Pulse Comp mtb; 1989 Peugeot Limestone hybrid (for touring); 1989 Spectrum Titanium

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    Utter beauties. I LOVE my Gitanes!

    Two (2) 1971 Gitanes.

    First, the 1971 Super Corsa: Stock, 98% as delivered from shop in 1971. All Campy, including brakes. Original pedals taken off for safe keeping. I've replaced the original brake pads, all of which still have a fine thin lip of undamaged rubber down the center of each pad. Bullseye pulleys. New cables.

    Edit: I see that the original Brooks saddle was off for treatment for these photos. It went right back on. The Avocet was just temporary.





    AND...

    my 1971 Tour de France. Purchased new in June 1971. Only the Stronglight crank and BB are original. Many countries over many years. Scars to show for it.





    They are both fabulous riders.
    Last edited by LeicaLad; 01-21-11 at 08:18 PM. Reason: missing Brooks saddle on S.C.
    1959 Hilton Wrigley Connoisseur (still my favorite!)
    1963 Hetchins Mountain King (the gravel grinder)
    1971 Gitane Tour de France (The War Horse)
    1971 Gitane Super Corsa (The Garage Queen)
    1980 Ritchey Touring (The Grail Bike)
    1984 Tom Ritchey Team Competition (NOS show bike)
    (replacing the stolen 1981 Tom Ritchey Everest custom)

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    You're bringing the flashbacks fast and furious here LeicaLad. That second pic with the panniers is the spittin' image of my friend's bike in 71 when we rode the Olympic peninsula, right down to the NR rear derailleur, and I had a similarly equipped PX-10. Fond memories of those light and nimble French steeds.
    They made OK tourers, no?

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    I used to assemble and sell them when I worked in a LBS back in 1974. I bought a TdF a few years ago and just recently put upright bars on it. I still have the original bars with what I believe to be the original bar tape.

    1971 Paramount P-13 Chrome
    1973 Paramount P-15 Opaque Blue
    1973 Gitane Tour De France
    1974 Raleigh Professional
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    A not very good head shot of my TdF

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    My 1972, set up for day touring





    and My 1973 complete restoration


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    Wow - love that orange one!!
    1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France;1982 Trek 610; 1980's Univega Supra Sport (fixie); 1975 Teledyne Titan; 1968 Peugeot PL8; ;1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1972 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1981 Trek 510; 1993 Trek 950 mtb; 1996 Klein Pulse II mtb; 1997 Klein Pulse Comp mtb; 1989 Peugeot Limestone hybrid (for touring); 1989 Spectrum Titanium

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    Okay. For those of you who do not know the joys of the GitaneUSA site, here is the most stunning refinish job EVER:

    http://www.gitaneusa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1583

    We ALL wish it were ours.
    1959 Hilton Wrigley Connoisseur (still my favorite!)
    1963 Hetchins Mountain King (the gravel grinder)
    1971 Gitane Tour de France (The War Horse)
    1971 Gitane Super Corsa (The Garage Queen)
    1980 Ritchey Touring (The Grail Bike)
    1984 Tom Ritchey Team Competition (NOS show bike)
    (replacing the stolen 1981 Tom Ritchey Everest custom)

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    83 Peugeot UE8M












    76 Moto Grand Jubile












    74 Moto Grand Jubile (in process)








    74 Moto Grand Touring











    72 Peugeot PX10






    - Auchen

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    87 Peugeot PX10
    PX-10 After.jpg

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    Cool colors, Bentlink !
    - Auchen

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    Auchen, that black and red 74 is beautiful, even in unfinished form. I'm looking forward to seeing it completed. And the PX10.. blue is much more appealing than white(IMO). Very nice

    Here are mine.

    85 PH501



    83 PSV10. next to be finished(hopefully)



    85 or 86 PH10LE. Sold(too small for me). It was a nice riding bike though


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    '72 Gitane Grand Sport Deluxe

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    Thank you fro the compliment Roger M. I especially appreciate it since I can see from your post that you have fine taste in French steel.
    And likewise, I look forward to seeing your PSV10 project! - It will a marvelous bike - the Vitus tubing will AMAZE you!
    - Auchen

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    There sure are a lot of great looking Gitanes in this thread !
    - Auchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabid Koala View Post
    I used to assemble and sell them when I worked in a LBS back in 1974. I bought a TdF a few years ago and just recently put upright bars on it. I still have the original bars with what I believe to be the original bar tape.


    Love that color!

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    My old Super Corsa now gone

    My current 87 Interclub love that 531 pro
    "Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day."--Harry S. Truman

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    Nice ones! Just got me a 70's Mercier. How hard is it to find Mafac Half Hood levers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by triplebutted View Post
    Nice ones! Just got me a 70's Mercier. How hard is it to find Mafac Half Hood levers?
    It's easy - just BIN on eBay. . . ( They may cost twice as much as you paid for your bike though !)
    - Auchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    It's easy - just BIN on eBay. . . ( They may cost twice as much as you paid for your bike though !)
    Ugh, bike was free ...

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    Very cool bikes! I am starting to appreciate French bikes more. Hope to have pictures of an almost finished PX10E restoration soon.

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    My 72' PX10 650b bastard child:




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    Can my Moto play too?

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