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moxfyre 05-17-05 11:58 PM

So I saw this listing on craigslist that mentioned a Gitane with tubular tires and went to check 'em out. Long story short, I come home with a 56 cm '70s Gitane road bike with Mafac brakes and Simplex everything else (and some nifty cottered cranks). I also got an '80s Shogun 12-speed with a good mix of Shimano Altus and DiaCompe, and Tange Champion No. 5 tubing (how is that stuff?)

Neither of them had tubular tires unfortunately, the owner was a little confused there :p I guess I'm just a sucker for lugged steel...

I think I will part out the Gitane, since little bits of Simplex and Mafac stuff seem to sell well on eBay, and there's something that just annoys me about this bike, perhaps it's the fact that there are nuts sticking out all over the place and these silly glorified zip ties holding the brake cable onto the top tube. Perhaps someone will dissuade me? As for the Shogun, it would be a real nice beater. Would be nice to have a geared beater in addition to my fixie (here I go rationalizing my addiction).

I'm getting unimaginative... anybody have any good ideas? I already have a perfectissimo touring/commuter bike, a fixie, and a 1990 aluminum road bike. Of course what I REALLY want is a super nice road bike, but instead of saving for it I whittle away my frustration buying old bikes :)

Nightshade 05-18-05 04:30 PM


Originally Posted by moxfyre
So I saw this listing on craigslist that mentioned a Gitane with tubular tires and went to check 'em out. Long story short, I come home with a 56 cm '70s Gitane road bike with Mafac brakes and Simplex everything else (and some nifty cottered cranks). I also got an '80s Shogun 12-speed with a good mix of Shimano Altus and DiaCompe, and Tange Champion No. 5 tubing (how is that stuff?)

Neither of them had tubular tires unfortunately, the owner was a little confused there :p I guess I'm just a sucker for lugged steel...

I think I will part out the Gitane, since little bits of Simplex and Mafac stuff seem to sell well on eBay, and there's something that just annoys me about this bike, perhaps it's the fact that there are nuts sticking out all over the place and these silly glorified zip ties holding the brake cable onto the top tube. Perhaps someone will dissuade me? As for the Shogun, it would be a real nice beater. Would be nice to have a geared beater in addition to my fixie (here I go rationalizing my addiction).

I'm getting unimaginative... anybody have any good ideas? I already have a perfectissimo touring/commuter bike, a fixie, and a 1990 aluminum road bike. Of course what I REALLY want is a super nice road bike, but instead of saving for it I whittle away my frustration buying old bikes :)

Two choices here, mate.

One, use the best of the two for a steel road frame base stock built up with all you favorite goodies
cost be damned. It is YOUR bike YOUR way right??

Two, fix the bikes up to donate to needy person.

el twe 05-18-05 05:03 PM

And three, post some pics for us to enjoy...

bigbossman 05-18-05 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by el twe
And three, post some pics for us to enjoy...

Four - fix 'em up, flip 'em for a profit, and use the proceeeds to buy a bike that is closer to what you really want.

John D.

moxfyre 05-19-05 09:26 PM

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I think I'm gonna do the profit-flipping thing, cause I am starting to get some insatiable bike lust and I need to get my grubby little paws on some STIs :)

Twe, here are some photos... simplex all over the place on the Gitane, and a nifty lugged stem. The Shogun is a pretty standard 80s Japanese bike, nice Tange Cro-Mo frame, I like the paint scheme a lot actually.

zonatandem 05-19-05 09:35 PM

. . . and you don't own a tandem yet either!

moxfyre 05-19-05 09:47 PM


Originally Posted by zonatandem
. . . and you don't own a tandem yet either!

Hey!!! Don't even start putting that kind of thought in my head, buddy :eek:

randya 05-20-05 12:39 AM

The Gitane has that classic Peugeot style and is probably rarer. I'd upgrade it judicously instead of parting it out. My $0.02.

moxfyre 05-20-05 12:43 AM


Originally Posted by randya
The Gitane has that classic Peugeot style and is probably rarer. I'd upgrade it judicously instead of parting it out. My $0.02.

Hmmm, yes it is probably rarer. Perhaps I'll replace the housing and cables and give everything a good ol' overhaul, then go hunting for French bicycle collectors :)


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