Has coddling tendencies.
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Topanga Canyon
Bikes: 2008 Blue RC8 w/ '09 Rival
Hello chief! Welcome back to the world of two wheeled fun. Your heart, lungs and legs will thank you. Good luck on that rebuild. I'm guessing a Gitane during the early 80's still had a lot of French specific components, which means you can't fit other non-French parts. Right? I'm curious about the details and what you're able to upgrade. Since 1997 I owned what I can only guess was a Gitane. I say guess because it had been repianted at some point and there was no badging or markings. It did have the same geometry and components of a quality mid 70's French made, non Peugeot bike - Huret, Stronglight, Mafac, Normandy. So it was either Gitane or Mercier. Or an equivalent. I too had plans for a nice restoration, but then it was stolen in July of this year. I'm riding a new Raleigh, which I've come to like very much. If you're in need of vintage French components or info on tech details, look up Sheldon Brown's website where he includes a section of vintage French bikes. And Merry Christmas to you!