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Identify Gitane and value help

Old 01-31-20, 05:49 PM
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Identify Gitane and value help

Trying to find any information on this Gitane. Sorry for the wet pics. Itís been raining all day! The best I can do is I think I have it narrowed down to a 1983 or 84. Any idea on the derailleurs and hub identities? Fair price parted out or as is? Thank you!











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Old 01-31-20, 05:52 PM
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The rust on the bike will hurt the value; the sooner you get the water off the better. The wheels look toasted even if they're functional if the spokes are that rusted. The hubs look to be shimano. This looks to be middling to lower end given the forged drop outs. Is there a tubing sticker? There's not much value here in parting the bike out. That bike will need a lot of work to be rideable but at least the paint looks good. Sell it as is for $50-$75.
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My best guess of it is an Ď83 sprint. Although the specs Iím reading is 100% different parts. I realize it could of had everything swapped out by now.

no tubing sticker that I could find but comparing the decals and lugs from another post my guess would make it virus 788.

the hubs have Shimano skewers. Iíve never seen that hub engraving before.

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Old 01-31-20, 07:40 PM
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Trying to identify and maybe itís a 1980 sprint. Looking at this: This site it matches well. Even the crank matches. Looking at the Reynolds sticker from the photo in the link does the artifact match? You can see a tiny piece of a logo




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The basic rule on part outs is you need desirable parts in excellent condition. The parts on this bike are neither with the exception of the crankset. Sell as a project or pull the crank, sell the crank, and donate what's left.

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The basic rule on part outs is you need desirable parts in excellent condition. The parts on this bike are neither with the exception of the crankset. Sell as a project or pull the crank, sell the crank, and donate what's left.
I think I already knew that since I didnít see anything special about the parts and itís in rough shape. I probably will pack the bearings for the fork and crank and stick it in the attic for now.

Still hoping to nail down the model more closely.
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regarding dating -

the components of the cycle's Sachs-Huret gear ensemble will be date marked

they began a system in 1978 where the first two numbers of the marking indicate the week of the year and the second two numbers indicate the year

example -




the backside of the bicycle's brake caliper arms may exhibit a clockface type date marking as here -




other spots to check for date markings -

gear block body

handlebar end

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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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regarding dating -

the components of the cycle's Sachs-Huret gear ensemble will be date marked

they began a system in 1978 where the first two numbers of the marking indicate the week of the year and the second two numbers indicate the year

example -




the backside of the bicycle's brake caliper arms may exhibit a clockface type date marking as here -




other spots to check for date markings -

gear block body

handlebar end

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perfect Iíll check those spots today. I measured the seat post and itís 26. If I remember previous posts I have read all Reynolds tubes would be 27.2?

is this a French or likely original post?

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Buongiorno Don Danielo,

STM is an Italian brand.

Here is a fancy two-bolt model from them -

VeloBase.com - Component: STM (two bolts, sleeved neck)


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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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Buongiorno Don Danielo,

STM is an Italian brand.

Here is a fancy two-bolt model from them -

VeloBase.com - Component: STM (two bolts, sleeved neck)


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thanks for that! I think the post will be too short for me and Iíll have to find another option.

i didnít find any date codes on the bars or brakes. The derailleur was another dead end. I was able to make out enough to see ďmade in JapanĒ

I found a stamp on the fork and seat tube lug. The 72 isnít pointing to 1972? I wouldnít expect to see brazed on bottle mounts or cable guides from 72 would I?




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Bonjour Monsieur Daniel,

pillar -

occasionally one takes in a used machine with an insanely short saddle pillar. one can only wonder "what WERE they thinking?!?!"

at the OEM level one can probably save a lira or a few centimes by purchasing a short length pillar. another benefit for the bicycle manufacturer is that it means less metal which means a tiny bit less weight - to help them brag about the lightness of their products...

date markings -

additional spots to check : gear block body, portion of stem down inside steerer, backside of crank arms, pedal barrels


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72 marking on lug -

this refers to the angle in degrees between the lug's sockets for the top tube and the seat tube

best wishes with the bike!



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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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date markings -

additional spots to check : gear block body, portion of stem down inside steerer, backside of crank arms, pedal barrels-----

winner!

the photo is a bit hard to see but with my magnifying glass I can clearly see 03 80 and Made In France.

i believe the pedals to be original. Everything else points to parts that align with an 1980.


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I don't think it's a Sprint. My brother just found and bought a Sprint that's close to mint condition......
We think it's an 83.



And it has Vitus tubing, not 531. And it has brazed on shifters. Unless the OP's Sprint is an earlier version?....

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