Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Introductions Welcome to the BikeForums community! Please introduce yourself to other forum members here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-24-07, 12:56 PM   #1
Navy_Chief
Gitane GranTour
Thread Starter
 
Navy_Chief's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Waynesboro, PA
Bikes:
Posts: 139
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Guess I should intorduce myself

Hi everybody, I have been away from cycling for about 18 years now and am making a comeback. I am in the process fo restoring/updating my 1983-84 Gitane GranTour. I am not going off the deep end or anything on the restore side. I gave it a decent rattlecan paint job and am in the process of putting it back together with all new components, it really needed it since it was in storage for the last 18 years so it is getting new everything except the frame and fork. Anyways just wanted to say Hi and merry Christmas to everybody!

Navy Chief
Navy_Chief is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-07, 01:34 PM   #2
KiddSisko
Has coddling tendencies.
 
KiddSisko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Topanga Canyon
Bikes: 2008 Blue RC8 w/ '09 Rival
Posts: 8,325
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
KiddSisko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-07, 02:02 PM   #3
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hello NC, if you have not already found your way over, please come and join us in the Classic & Vintage forum where you will be amongst friends and admirers .

Are you an ex-Navy Chief? Ship?

Welcome to BF!

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-07, 10:07 AM   #4
Navy_Chief
Gitane GranTour
Thread Starter
 
Navy_Chief's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Waynesboro, PA
Bikes:
Posts: 139
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks all, I got lucky on this one.. My Gitane is new enough that all of the components are ISO standard so I don't have to do the quest for all of the French specific parts. I am still active duty for another 2 years and then I get to retire. I lucked out on that one also as I am on shore duty for my final tour so my ship riding days are over..

Navy Chief
Navy_Chief is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:17 AM.