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Gitane Track Bike - How old is this thing?

Old 03-09-13, 09:38 AM
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Gitane Track Bike - How old is this thing?

I bought this bicycle back in 1979, and it was pretty old back when I got it! Anyway, from these pics--anyone have an idea what year it is? Just curious...

Kevin near Rochester, MN
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I am not a Gitane expert but sometime between '69 -'74 I think. Try gitaneusa.com. I am pretty sure they will flip seeing this.
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+1, that's looks like their boom era, entry level, track model. I believe they got rid of the foil decal for 1974, so it should be no later than 1973.
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The decal says "Service Course", and yes, I'm sure it was entry level--all steel, cottered-cranks. Not all the light, but a blast to ride. Turns so quick, too--it always made my Colnago Super (with a nice road racing geometry) feel like a station wagon when I'd switch back to it...
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Sweet WTB test saddle! Haha
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Originally Posted by ftwelder View Post
I am not a Gitane expert but sometime between '69 -'74 I think. Try gitaneusa.com. I am pretty sure they will flip seeing this.
Took your advice and heard back from Stephan this morning--his best guess is '69 or '70. He called it a "Track Standard" model, so I suspect they also offered a "Track Deluxe" verson...
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