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Gitane road bike worth it?

Old 06-20-16, 12:02 PM
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Gitane road bike worth it?

https://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/bik/5627800984.html

is this Gitane worth $200? looking for a decent road bike in my area, seller seems straight up, but not sure about age quality of bike, also being a french build would replacement parts and maintenance be an issue?
any insight is appreciated


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Old 06-20-16, 12:22 PM
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No in so many ways! Spend Your 200$ on a Japanese bike from the same time period. French bikes are for the dedicated few if they come from earlier than mideighties.
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Old 06-20-16, 01:32 PM
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Thanks so much for the quick and definitve reply.
There are some deals available in my area on Nishiki's (mostly around $300 unfortunatly) so I guess I'll start investigating in that direction
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Imagine shifting those downtube shifters with that bar-stem combo....
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I would say no lower end model and kinda a mess in a lot of ways. None matching likely Japanese fork likely changed to allow the goofy bar stem setup cheap MTB levers on inverted cruiser bars with riser stem and DT shifters yuck. Poorly setup Mafac brakes likely won't stop and serious PITA to correct get setup correctly. Semi junk French cotter pinned crank likely hasn't been serviced in 30 years another PITA to deal with.
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