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Gitane Dating & Did all French manufacturers moved to Bristish Standard in the 80s?

Old 11-03-14, 03:21 PM
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Gitane Dating & Did all French manufacturers moved to Bristish Standard in the 80s?

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First of all. Hello everyone, this is my first post here.

I'm currently looking for an oldish french bicycle, during my research I've read that Peugeot moved to British Standard in the 80s. Does anyone know if all French manufacturers moved to this standard for BB, stem, etc... during the same period?

I'm currently looking at a Blue Gitane which is in a very good condition. I cannot measure anything as it's not mine but maybe someone here can help. I've looked at the Gitane Catalogue on gitaneUSA but I'm not really sure as decals aren't really clear and there's not that much info online (compare to Peugeot!)

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ps: The owner told me that mudguards aren't part of the original bike.

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Old 11-04-14, 04:10 AM
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That Gitane is French threaded, like most pre 1975 French bicycles. When did the French start using different standards? Well, 1977 for sure since my 1977 Motobecane Grand Jubilee is, mostly, non-French threaded...



Not sure when Peugeot changed nor even if they ever did. Peugeot bicycles were built in France and Canada, for sure. When and where threading changes started taking place, I am not sure. But I am positive about the Gitane - French threaded...
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Old 11-04-14, 05:10 AM
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Pretty much if it has cottered cranks, which this Gitane has, it will be built with French goodness. That bike seems to be in good nick. Buy it and enjoy it!
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Thank you for all the replies!

I'm really tempted by the bike but I'm worried about finding replacement parts if something goes wrong.

I'm curious, how do you know this is a 75 bike? What are the thing to look at?

Ps: that's where I read about Peugeot doing the switch in the 80s, Links
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Old 11-04-14, 01:53 PM
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Oups,I replied to quickly. You guys already answered my question, Cottered Crank gave it away.
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Old 11-04-14, 02:21 PM
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Actually just quickly googled French bottom bracket an found that not so expensive velo orange bb: Grand Cru Bottom Bracket, French Thread
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Don't worry too much about the BB. You should be able to service the current one if its not in too bad of shape.
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I agree with icepick-Trotsky, looks in good shape and if you do need BB cups they are not that hard to locate.

I see lots of potential here, could be a fun project.

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Thank you for the replies again. It does looks great! Probably should go back and have a look again.
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If you're not scared by some French quirkiness go for it. The easiest solution is the VO Fench thread cartridge bb. I put one on my PX10 and it works great. That bike could be closer to 1980 just looking at the head tube decal. The French Gitane catalog shows a similar bike with a cottered crankset for 1980. However, that could getting into Swiss thread danger zone by that timeframe. My 84 Gitane bikes are both English thread
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