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FS or Trade ~75 Gitane Tour de France $400 OBO

Old 10-26-21, 08:06 PM
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Talking FS or Trade ~75 Gitane Tour de France $400 OBO

FS: mid 1970s...possibly ~1975ish.
cost listed at $400 but I really would prefer to trade.
This is a Gitane Tour de France bike boom bicycle with a lovely Reynolds 531 frame/fork…chrome rear triangle. It doesn’t have “period “ or year original tires or front derailleur but it is so close to original everywhere else. The original darker purple was in horrible condition and I did some work to clean, primer, and paint with a brighter purple. I also placed new foil decals while attempting to preserve some of the original. I had intended on getting this for a “rider” but have found that with almost all the original parts, I just didn't ride it. It’s a 59cm c-t seat tube . 59cm c-c top tube. These specs are exactly what I am looking for in a trade. I would like to get a 59 cm center to top grass track/fixie/path bike. I also like a top tube that is in the area of 57.5 to 59cm Long. I really want a classic, vintage type Fixie or single speed. I do have a few additional pictures I want to upload so that it shows the full condition. I currently need a rear dropout spacer to help with alignment. I have those I just need to take them in place. I prefer British era Frames but I’m not limiting my options to just those types. I am open for other possibilities. With that said, if somebody’s interested in trading, please share this and message me. Cheers!

This Gitane is equipped with
stem: original...unknown make but it was original to the bike. Same goes for the handlebars. I have them covered at present but could uncover for the model if needed. Reynolds 531 frame/fork.
stronglight headset
Sansin hubs front and rear laced to wolber 36 spoke clinchers.
period not correct Continent Gatorskins that I put on but have not used at all other than to put them on.
Stronglight crankset with Sugino Mighty competition chainring 52 & Mightly compe 42.
rear french 6 speed freewheel, 13,15,17,21,24,26
Mafac competition brakes/hangers
The levers are not period correct and are old non-aero ultegra 600.
Lyotard pedals and Christophe clips and Lapize straps.
stronglight headset

simplex shifters and guide
simplex rear derailleur
standard Shimano front derailleur
There are paint blemishes and I took of pic of some areas but know that this isn't pristine paint but it's nice.
Selle San Marco saddle
unknown seat post but most likely french
I can meet half way for any type of shipping deals or pick up trades.
I can arrange for shipping as well with price around $100-120

















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Really pretty job of painting! Looks very cool. I am betting it is a nice rider!
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Small niggle here, maybe just a typo, arms and rings are all "Mighty" Sugino Mighty Competition, easily one of the best in the business.

Hopefully the BB is original in good shape as they usually are and the same.

Every bit as beautiful, strong and tough as any other.

GLWS or trade
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Nice job on paint ! It’s a nice twist on the Criterium Violet . I also like that the derailleur hanger is not modified. Was so exited to see your for sale post but sadly yet another TDF not my size ☹️ (21.5/22.5). Will continue my search for suitable 70s platform shoes to make my 60cm Competition Blue one fit 😉. Good luck!
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The lettering on the serrated washer on the headset is upside down.
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Thank you for the compliment on the paint job. I try.
It is a really nice riding bike.
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Originally Posted by Slowride79 View Post
Nice job on paint ! It’s a nice twist on the Criterium Violet . I also like that the derailleur hanger is not modified. Was so exited to see your for sale post but sadly yet another TDF not my size ☹️ (21.5/22.5). Will continue my search for suitable 70s platform shoes to make my 60cm Competition Blue one fit 😉. Good luck!
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@pamaguahiker

Small niggle here, maybe just a typo, arms and rings are all "Mighty" Sugino Mighty Competition, easily one of the best in the business.

Hopefully the BB is original in good shape as they usually are and the same.

Every bit as beautiful, strong and tough as any other.

GLWS or trade
Yes...typo or more not paying attention on my end.
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I should mention that I have a Zefal HPX pump that is painted and decaled to match...don't expect a masterpieces but it's included. I also have two Gitane branded water bottles included and if really interested...I have a long, larger Gitane Jersey...new material. old school design.
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Originally Posted by pamaguahiker View Post
I should mention that I have a Zefal HPX pump that is painted and decaled to match...don't expect a masterpieces but it's included. I also have two Gitane branded water bottles included and if really interested...I have a long, larger Gitane Jersey...new material. old school design.

Looks nice, excepting the handlebar tape -- easily corrected! YMMV

I selfishly wish that one or more of the water bottles were sold separately, if the logo is foil-era font. But I advise you not to break up the set.
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They're not the old skool water bottles that were cool. They're repros. Sorry....

I remember the old, older plastic. Can't remember the name of the actual material that they called it but it would become brittle and shatter like glass if dropped.
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Originally Posted by pamaguahiker View Post
Thank you for the compliment on the paint job. I try.
It is a really nice riding bike.
Can I ask where you got the decal set? I'm working on a 1970 TDF that needs some tlc. Also was purple the original color? Mine is white. Thanks
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Can I ask where you got the decal set? I'm working on a 1970 TDF that needs some tlc. Also was purple the original color? Mine is white. Thanks
I got TDF decals from Greg Softley (Cyclomondo) in Oz - they were pretty good except the head-tube, which had poor registration for the white:

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Can I ask where you got the decal set? I'm working on a 1970 TDF that needs some tlc. Also was purple the original color? Mine is white. Thanks
I believe I just found them on Ebay. If you search on Ebay for gitane decals...there's a bunch.
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