Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

Gitane TdF - what do I have here?

Old 06-13-17, 06:57 PM
  #1  
bargainguy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bargainguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Trekland
Posts: 1,737
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 302 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 14 Posts
Gitane TdF - what do I have here?

Got this TdF a couple months ago, and I'm just stumped by the parts mix. It came to me with a bizarre tubular front wheel, but clincher rear. I replaced the tubular front wheel with one of my own clinchers, but everything else is pretty much as I found it.

From what I can tell:

--TdF frame. No tubing sticker on the seat tube, but there is a triangular 531 sticker on the fork, so I'm assuming a full 531 frame.

--Cyclone rear derailleur, SunTour Mountech front, SunTour barcons

--Avocet triple crank (in what looks like half-step plus granny/alpine gearing) with Avocet platform pedals

--3T bars and stem

--Mafac Competition centerpulls

--Rear wheel (if it's original): Sanshin hub on unknown alloy rim that had an oval sticker - maybe Rigida?

--Soffatti Professionale leather saddle

--Front & rear racks

My questions:

1. Any chance this is how it came from the factory? I know Gitane was famous for building frames from parts on hand, but this seems a little out there, even for them.

2. Year of frame manufacture?

3. Approximate value as is, versus parting out. I think I know the answer to that one, but still unclear.

Thanks in advance!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
tdf1.jpg (106.0 KB, 80 views)
File Type: jpg
tdf2.jpg (106.2 KB, 80 views)
File Type: jpg
tdf3.jpg (108.1 KB, 80 views)
File Type: jpg
tdf4.jpg (113.3 KB, 80 views)
File Type: jpg
tdf5.jpg (105.5 KB, 79 views)
File Type: jpg
tdf6.jpg (101.0 KB, 80 views)
File Type: jpg
tdf7.jpg (108.9 KB, 80 views)
File Type: jpg
tdf8.jpg (99.8 KB, 80 views)
bargainguy is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 07:23 PM
  #2  
zukahn1
Senior Member
 
zukahn1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Fairplay Co
Posts: 7,252

Bikes: Current 79 Nishiki Custum Sport, Jeunet 620, notable previous bikes P.K. Ripper loop tail, Kawahara Laser Lite, Paramount Track full chrome, Raliegh Internatioanl, Motobecan Super Mirage. 59 Crown royak 3 speed

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 279 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Does look to be a early TDF frameset basically none of the components are original; but all look good quality. I would put the value as is about $250 and $350 cleaned up with some new consumables ready to ride. As for a part out figure $175 on the frame set and and $150 on the components the wheels and racka $75-100.
zukahn1 is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 07:25 PM
  #3  
Kactus 
Senior Member
 
Kactus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Tacoma, WA
Posts: 2,815

Bikes: 1962 Schwinn Paramount P12, 1971 Schwinn Paramount P13-9, 1974 Motobecane Champion Team, 1976 Masi Gran Criterium, 1978 Raleigh Professional

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 328 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 5 Posts
The brakes look to be the only original component left on your bike. It would have been configured very much like a Peugeot PX-10 of the day; Simplex derailleurs, Stronglight crank, Normandy hubs with tubular rims, Brooks or Ideale saddle. It looks to be an early 1970's model and I would value it at $300 +/- as it sits.
__________________
Life... is a state of mind.
Kactus is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 07:44 PM
  #4  
bargainguy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bargainguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Trekland
Posts: 1,737
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 302 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 14 Posts
Thank you both! I was thinking early 70's on the frame. Maybe the original owner set this up as a touring rig. Do the Avocet platform pedals have any special value on their own?
bargainguy is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 07:50 PM
  #5  
SamSpade1941 
Senior Member
 
SamSpade1941's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 630
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 359 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 10 Posts
Nice find OP....

I keep hoping to find one in this nice of condition that will fit me. It seems every TdF I find was purchased by someone with really long legs, or maybe its just that I was cursed with really sort legs . found a really nice example that someone decided to make a fork adjustment on to change the ride height. The bike looks like it was in a front end collision now that and the fact its a 58CM makes it not worth my time... Eventually I will find one of these in a 52-54 and I will scoop it up .
SamSpade1941 is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 07:56 PM
  #6  
bikemig 
Senior Member
 
bikemig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Middle Earth (aka IA)
Posts: 15,135

Bikes: A bunch of old bikes and a few new ones

Mentioned: 107 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3612 Post(s)
Liked 67 Times in 59 Posts
Nice score; I've been looking for a high end french frame like this for a while.
bikemig is online now  
Old 06-13-17, 08:11 PM
  #7  
zukahn1
Senior Member
 
zukahn1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Fairplay Co
Posts: 7,252

Bikes: Current 79 Nishiki Custum Sport, Jeunet 620, notable previous bikes P.K. Ripper loop tail, Kawahara Laser Lite, Paramount Track full chrome, Raliegh Internatioanl, Motobecan Super Mirage. 59 Crown royak 3 speed

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 279 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
Thank you both! I was thinking early 70's on the frame. Maybe the original owner set this up as a touring rig. Do the Avocet platform pedals have any special value on their own?
No real special value just nice classic pedals if the straps, clips and bearings good $15-20.
zukahn1 is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 08:16 PM
  #8  
bargainguy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bargainguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Trekland
Posts: 1,737
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 302 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 14 Posts
Ah, OK, thanks. My understanding is that the Avocet platform pedals and the Avocet triple crank are made by Ofmega, so it would make sense that they're paired in this bike.
bargainguy is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 08:48 PM
  #9  
3alarmer
******
 
3alarmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Big Tomato
Posts: 17,275

Bikes: old ones

Mentioned: 226 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14540 Post(s)
Liked 71 Times in 61 Posts
Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
Ah, OK, thanks. My understanding is that the Avocet platform pedals and the Avocet triple crank are made by Ofmega, so it would make sense that they're paired in this bike.
...just an FYI, the spindle on the OfmegaAvocet cranks is kinda uniquely sized. So if you part it or swap stuff out, keep the spindle and cups with the crank and everyone's life will be easier. If you decide you want to go back to the original Stronglight, you'll probly need the spindle to mount those as well.

I think they (Ofmega) changed after a certain date, but I don't recall the year.

Some people really like the way these frames ride, which probably explains why someone put so many new parts on it.
3alarmer is online now  
Old 06-13-17, 08:49 PM
  #10  
bargainguy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bargainguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Trekland
Posts: 1,737
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 302 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 14 Posts
Good to know, thanks 3alarmer!
bargainguy is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
wphamilton
Bicycle Mechanics
13
09-02-12 11:04 AM
chico1st
Bicycle Mechanics
2
08-03-10 06:00 PM
Lazyass
Classic & Vintage
10
03-09-09 04:43 PM
B17
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
11
10-26-05 08:23 AM

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.