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Old 06-11-11, 12:30 AM
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Unknown Gitane

a 42cm steel frame has been for sale around here, it's an italian styled bottom bracket. The frame was originally a Gitane he claims, but it's been repainted. I'm wondering if it's worth the trouble. This wouldn't be for a resale but rather for a girl friend who we've had a very hard time finding a small bike that she's comfortable on. The 45cm I had was too high of a standover for her, so I'm hoping this would do it.

He's asking $100, but I swear it said $80 yesterday

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Old 06-11-11, 07:36 PM
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anyone?

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Gitane would have french BB, not Italian. Newer Gitanes would have british standard.

Bike looks bigger than a 42 to me, have you measured it? 42cm = 16.5 inches, which is quite rare indeed, and usually found in a Terry style or knockoff.

I don't see a rear derailleur hanger, a sign of a low end bike. Bike looks closer to 52 cm than 42 cm to me.
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Old 06-11-11, 09:05 PM
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I haven't measured it, but he has it listed as being a great bike for a kid, so I'm hoping it's as small as he says.

here's the posting
https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/2430524701.html
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seems possible it was made for 24" wheels
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Well, if it is a 24 inch wheeled bike, it is certainly possible. It is not a Gitane, and it is low end, and its a kids bike. All of that makes it a poor candidate to build up. If your GF is really petite (like 5-0 or less), look for a Terry style instead. Google Terry bike, several of the Japanese brands made Terry styled bikes as well, so they are out there.

5-2 or taller, and I would be looking for either an 18 inch or 19 inch road frame instead, something I could finish out with 700c wheels, etc.

To complete that frame, you will be putting quite a few $$ into it, and when you are done, you will have a generic, juvenile bike with 24 inch wheels. Pass, pass, pass. While the Terry's did have a 24 inch front wheel, they had a standard 700c rear.
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Exactly what I needed (and wanted) to hear.
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