She started life as a mid 1980s Gitane Tour de France road bike with a coat of fuscia paint. I ordered her from a mail order outfit that had an add in the back of Bicycle Magazine. They had a couple of Gitanes left as the company was no longer selling bicycles in the US. I had her assembled at the LBS.
She was full Mavic then with the exception of the rims that are Matrix. I have since tweaked her a bit so that she is a bit more versatile - suitable for dirt roads, though nothing too rough. I am aware that she certainly lacks the proper geometry of a true crosser. The parts I have added are:
Nashbar Aero Brake Levers
Suntour Barcon Friction Shifters
Shimano cable stops
Nashbar MTB pedals (I took off my Look pedals because I wanted to wear shoes I could walk in)
Vredestein Campo 700x28 cross tires
Curious what everyone thinks. I know my psuedo crosser won't please the purists. Also, anyone have suggestions for better routing of the barcon shifter cables?