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How much would it cost to restore this Gitane?

Old 07-17-14, 05:36 AM
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How much would it cost to restore this Gitane?

I can get this bike for free (in exchange for some work). I was wondering, how much is it worth as is? I know it's a 1968-1974 Gitane, but exactly what year/model? The average Grand Sport decals look slightly different in that this one has some extra stripes under/above the triangle parts of the decal on the seat tube.

How much would it cost to have it restored and tuned up? Is it even worth it? Basically, i want a nice looking vintage road bike on low budget.
Wouldn't it cost less to just buy an already restored, repainted, parts replaced, tuned up vintage bike?

Sorry, i'm a newbie at this.


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UPD: I think it looks like a 1972 Grand Sport De Luxe
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Old 07-17-14, 05:43 AM
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Looks pretty complete, you could probably get away with a lube and tires.
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I agree, it looks pretty good except for around the seat, probably from a chain. It looks like a nice bike but I would not go all out repainting it. I would recommend using this bike as a learning experience. Clean it, tune it up maybe replace the tires and enjoy tinkering with it. Look around for a C0 Op or some place where you can learn about repairing bikes on the cheap or for free.

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Nice looking is subjective, that paint is beyond salvage but paint does not make the pedals spin.

Hard to tell from the photos but if the cranks are not froze, or the cassette and chain shot, and the work was not to hard, I'd take the deal, slap a couple new tires and tubes on it, adjust the derailluers, clean and lube the bearings and give it a shot.

Looks rideable with just those, you could probably spend 40 bucks on tires and tubes and a tube of grease and if you can do the mechanics yourself have yourself a rider, IF the bottom bracket bearings, chain, derailluers and cassette is in decent shape, if not could be quite a bit more to make it rideable.
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I'd go with all the maintenance suggestions here and then clean the bike real well and rub in some McGuire's Scratch X wax/polish, keep rubbing till it really shines and you will love it.
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Just got this pic! It is getting repainted! I am thinking the classic: turquoise or teal frame, white handlebar tape, white cables, brown or honey retro seat!
Which color scheme would you choose?

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If you want to narrow down the year:

gitaneusa.com :: View topic - How to identify my bike - read first
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Well, looks like you'll have no problem aligning the tires...Just kidding. We all appreciate the "ALL IN" attitude, good luck!
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Originally Posted by autism View Post
Just got this pic! It is getting repainted! I am thinking the classic: turquoise or teal frame, white handlebar tape, white cables, brown or honey retro seat!
Which color scheme would you choose?

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Orange
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In the era of that bike, so many Gitanes were turquoise.

Quite a bit of deconstruction has happened recently to the bike it appears.

Hopefully you are around 5'-7" to 5-10".

I am not sure I would go with the Shimano rear derailleur shown, the amount of cable necessary movement necessary may be more than the Simplex shift levers can provide.
That Simples front derailleur is notorious for breaking at the plastic body, be careful with it.
The Simplex shift levers require a bit smaller cable end to fit the lever than what is typical today, things can be modified, just a fair warning.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
In the era of that bike, so many Gitanes were turquoise.

Quite a bit of deconstruction has happened recently to the bike it appears.

Hopefully you are around 5'-7" to 5-10".

I am not sure I would go with the Shimano rear derailleur shown, the amount of cable necessary movement necessary may be more than the Simplex shift levers can provide.
That Simples front derailleur is notorious for breaking at the plastic body, be careful with it.
The Simplex shift levers require a bit smaller cable end to fit the lever than what is typical today, things can be modified, just a fair warning.
What would be a recommended classic looking no-plastic mid-level derailleur for this bike?
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What would be a recommended classic looking no-plastic mid-level derailleur for this bike?
I would not be limited to French, you need a mechanism with the "claw" mount to attach it to the dropout. A Suntour V-GT, Shimano Craine, Early Dura-Ace, Suntour Blueline... I would go with a longer cage to have no issues with capacity. That is not all but those show up frequently. I would really look up a local bike Co-op, to help a bit, provide guidance and possibly obtain parts for a reasonable cost.
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Orange
Note this bike has had its derailleurs exchanged.
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