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Giant Gitane, another edition of mystery bike

Old 12-07-18, 11:43 AM
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Giant Gitane, another edition of mystery bike

Posted this in the main forums but it didnt much traction so I'll bring it to the pros.
I've got a seat for it since these pics were taken and the seat post it takes comes in at 25.0. Not sure what this means about tubing but my guess is its nothing special. That's okay by me as I mainly bought it for the already built 700c wheel with a 3 speed hub. Seller said it was a Gitane but other than that he didnt know.
any leads on what I'm looking at would be considered wonderful. The only Gitanes I'm seeing with the chrome fork lugs are are tour de France, but that seems highly unlikely.
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Whole bike sans seat. Bad rattle can job. Cant find SN anywhere but the paint is pretty thick. Im guessing its under a coating on here somwhere but Ivve never had a Giante so i dont know where to look(dig).


Chrome fork ends and lugs


Stronglight headset. This and the cranks are the only thing that might be orignal.


Star engraving on seat post. Not sure if this is standard or what


Sugino MIghty tour





Guy painted right over the sticker, cant tell what it was.

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Old 12-07-18, 11:57 AM
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Did you mean to say Gitane?
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Old 12-07-18, 01:28 PM
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Bah! Yes I did.
I cannot spell that brand right for the life of me!
will correct post, title is a tragedy.

Title fixed.
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Old 12-07-18, 02:28 PM
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Pretty sure the paint is covering some version of Vitus tubing sticker.

Example:




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Old 12-07-18, 02:48 PM
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Well that's a lead thanks!
Vitus made all types right?
I'd be delighted to find it was a nice tubeset, it is a pretty light bike, but I'm figuring it's just a standard hi-ten.
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25.0 seat post = entry high ten.

has some decent upgrades like the crankset.

the French had a way of making their bikes lighter than competition. My UO8 weighed in around 28 pounds while the Schwinn Continental I had before it was almost 40 pounds.
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Hey Brandon that looks interesting, have you tried to rub any gas or solvent on the paint? It may reveille what's under that white blanket.
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Please don,t ever use gasoline as a solvent.Ever.
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Take this very quick guess with a grain of salt, early 1970s Gitane Interclub.
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The six pointed star stamp in the seatpost lug is nearly identical, if not the same as the one on my mystery frame. It has been suggested (perhaps confirmed) that it was the way Berkeley, CA registered their bikes, read here and look at the pics of my frame for comparison:
Flea Market Mystery Bike-Info Needed
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Originally Posted by gbi View Post
Take this very quick guess with a grain of salt, early 1970s Gitane Interclub.
I'll be dammed, that looks spot on!!

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/876002-gitane-interclub-early-70s.html

I even think when I smudged it with paint stripper to find the sticker (which was missing it seemed) the paint was near that green color!
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
The six pointed star stamp in the seatpost lug is nearly identical, if not the same as the one on my mystery frame. It has been suggested (perhaps confirmed) that it was the way Berkeley, CA registered their bikes, read here and look at the pics of my frame for comparison:
Flea Market Mystery Bike-Info Needed
looks very close! Sans the derailur hanger yours has on it.
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The stamped dropouts and lack of cable stops would point to an Interclub, as previously suggested. Given the 25.0mm post, that is probably not a tubing decal but Gitane's misleading "Custom Made" decal that was typically placed in that location on the boom era, hi-tensile models.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The stamped dropouts and lack of cable stops would point to an Interclub, as previously suggested. Given the 25.0mm post, that is probably not a tubing decal but Gitane's misleading "Custom Made" decal that was typically placed in that location on the boom era, hi-tensile models.
Thanks T-mar!
An identification from you is confirmation enough from me!
That is a misleading sticker. That looks to be exactly the culprit. It's nice to know what this guy is. I'm so glad somone brought it back from the dead to tell me not use gasoline as a solvent Haha
I've read these are some of the best riding "gas pipe" frames around which makes it incarnation as an internal 4 speed all the more exciting.
I'm missing a few bits still but here it is so far...

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