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Old 06-24-17, 12:00 AM
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1984 Gitane "Tout" de France build......

Bought this 1984 Gitane Tour de France a few weeks ago from our fellow forum member "sloar".

I'ts a Gitane I always wanted to have since I first saw it in an LBS in the 80's as it was the final version of their Tour de France model, before I think, the race organization put a stop to all the bike companies naming their bikes after the iconic race.
What really attracted me to the bike was its sexy red paint which set it apart from all the blue Gitanes of that time. and the fact that it was made from French Supervitus 983 tubing, when most French bike companies were giving up the tubing brand and French components for dead already at that time. It would also make a good pairing to my 84 PSV, Another last of the line all French bike, but from Peugeot.
What also got my attention was the the very unique Ofmega Mistral gruppo that Gitane installed on the TDFs, especially that really cool looking crankset which set it apart from all the other component groups available at that time.
So, I started breaking down the bike for a full clean and service. other than not having a wheelset, which I decided not to buy with the bike to save a bit on the final cost and shipping, it is complete and original, except for the saddle. I was about to disassemble the headset when the brand name Stronglight and Spidel on its top lock nut caught my attention......

I remembered a recent post in the C&V forum about the 84 Gitane TDF and Supercorsa, and at that time I was wondering why Gitane installed of all things, an Italian Gruppo on a bike giving tribute the greatest French bike race in history by having it named after the race. The same thoughts came back to me and I could not think of anything else everytime I look at the bike, now just a frameset and still waiting to get back its Mistral /Modolo gruppo. So I made a big decision.........

That Stonglight Spidel 107 crankset that I was saving for possibly installing on my Peugeot PY10FC will go on this TDF!
It will be the base of an all French build on the TDF which now I'm thinking, was kinda mongerlized by Gitane with the Ofmega and Modolo components

I'm already digging up (Simlex/Spidel derailleurs, an NOS Reydel GTI saddle) and transferring over components from my stash and my other French bike (Mafac/Spidel LS sidepull brakes). In the last couple of weeks I was also able to snag a nice SLJ seatpost and already looking at a longer Atax stem to fit me better. and a nicer Sedis/Sachs black and silver link chain. After getting those, just new bar tape (yellow Cinelli cork?) will finish off the bike.
For a wheelset, I'm thinking of just borrowing the one on the PSV, but I'm tempted to restore and set up the Roval tubular wheelset I snagged at the last SF bike swap/expo I attended.
Stay tuned....... this will be another fun French build!
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Definitely yellow tape!!
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Beautiful bike, thanks for sharing it!

Appears it came with Modolo shift levers and brakes. Were stem & bar Modolo as well?

Thank you.

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Sweet!

I look at Spidel stuff as a "best of" sort of thing, whether that's the case or not- it's how I explain it to myself.
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Originally Posted by juvela
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Beautiful bike, thanks for sharing it!

Appears it came with Modolo shift levers and brakes. Were stem & bar Modolo as well?

Thank you.

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Shift levers were Ofmega branded Modolo resin/carbon levers.
Stem was and Atax aero, as used at that time mostly by Peugeot.
Note that all the original components will be kept together and set aside to allow for building the bike back to original configuration in the future, if I choose to do so......or might be used on a mid-level model Italian bike build in the future.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
Sweet!

I look at Spidel stuff as a "best of" sort of thing, whether that's the case or not- it's how I explain it to myself.
Yes, the Spidel group was put together to showcase the best components from the different companies to come from France at that time. It was a last attempt to save the French component industry from dying under the ever growing onslaught from Japanese component makers like Shimano. and Suntour. Ironically, the company that did not Join the party was Mavic,...... who was pretty much, the only one to survive. I think Mavic's rims helped them survive to this day.....
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Completed the build this morning!

All done, all 19.5 pounds of the reborn 1984 Gitane Tour de France!:

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building up from the Stronglight/Spidel crankset as a base (a crankset that I was originally thinking of installing on my 1984 Peugeot PY10FC) I added on a Sinplex/Spidel derailleur set that I had in my stash with a 7 speed Maillard/Sach FW. Only thing I had to buy to complete the drivetrain was the Sedis/Sachs narrow chain with black and silver links.
The Mafac/Spidel LS2 sidepulls brakes were transferred from my Vitus Carbone which I recently installed my CLB brakeset on.
The Roval aero wheels were acquired from a seller at the SF Bike Expo/Swap Meet (Now defunct). I got them for a bargain price of something like 45 bucks, but they were in a quite neglected state, and it took a good portion of a weekend to restore them to what you see in the pics. Polishing up the hubs was the biggest challenge, as I had to do it through the bladed spokes. A long and quite painful process!
I got the NOS Reydel GTI saddle about three years ago from a seller in Turkey, of all places. It took a long time to get to me. It was a great deal at only about one third the price everyone else was asking for at eBay for NOS. I was so happy with the saddle that I bought a second one. One is on this bike and the other on my 84 PSV.
I always wanted a Gitane from the mid 80's and this one really finally satisfied that longing to own one,especially one made during the heady days when the Gitane pro team was winning the TDF with greats like Hinault, LeMond and Fignon.
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Well done! Another eclectic and impeccable French build. All those black highlights go together so nicely.
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That looks absolutely fantastic, and what a cool wheelset!
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The Spidel parts are stunning.
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Wow. Love this build. I've often wondered why Gitane was not seen as a top dog sought after bike for collectors. And that group is sweet, a refreshing change from Record and Super.
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That's a stout tout..
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Gorgeous. I love it.
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So gorgeous; very cool build. I had the same frame in the same color. It was my first high end retro bike.
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Awesome choices, looks great!
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Amazing results @Chombi1, it just jumps out at you with the details you have paid attention to so well. Can you fill me in about the tires, please? Nice looking set of rubber there.

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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
Amazing results @Chombi1, it just jumps out at you with the details you have paid attention to so well. Can you fill me in about the tires, please? Nice looking set of rubber there.

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Tires are Schwalbe Milano tubulars. I have them on three of my bikes. Very light and fast and the quality is really good for mid priced tubs (tread is straight and no lumps under the base tape), but not very flat resistant as to keep them light, Schwalbe did not put in any special Kevlar belts to resist them like some tires do. Unfortunately, they have been phased out by Schwalbe about two years ago (Replaced by the not as light Lugano model) and I just found this pair to use as spares for my bikes that already had them. I was thinking of using the Michelin tubs I bought about a year ago on this bike to keep the all French theme on the bike consistent down to the tires, but their blue sidewalls would not look right on the bike. Still looking around for tires with non-colored skinwalls to use on this project. Problem is, there's really no French tire manufacturers making nice tubulars at this point except for Michelin issuing special limited releases to pro teams like the ones I mentioned, once in a while.
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I've been searching for a decently made skinwall tub too. @Wileyone warned me about Vittoria's Rally being flimsy and poor riding. I returned to Conti Giro as a stop gap measure, they are more durable and ride slightly better. If I could afford better, snd could find them I would purchase a set, or two. Those Milano are nice appearing, too bad they were discontinued. The Lugano might get a look see, possibly.
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
I've been searching for a decently made skinwall tub too. @Wileyone warned me about Vittoria's Rally being flimsy and poor riding. I returned to Conti Giro as a stop gap measure, they are more durable and ride slightly better. If I could afford better, snd could find them I would purchase a set, or two. Those Milano are nice appearing, too bad they were discontinued. The Lugano might get a look see, possibly.
I forgot to add on my last post, wouldn't it be nice if Wolber was still around to make us tubs?
My racer friends in college used them (Invulnerables) extensively and seemed to have been quite satisfied with their quality and performance.
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Originally Posted by Chombi1
I forgot to add on my last post, wouldn't it be nice if Wolber was still around to make us tubs?
My racer friends in college used them (Invulnerables) extensively and seemed to have been quite satisfied with their quality and performance.
Wolbers coming back would be a big plus, there seem to be fewer sew up tire models with skin/gum side walls being offered each year.

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Really nice build. Congrats!

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Beautiful build. Love the Spidel stuff as well.
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In prep for an upcoming Bastille Day ride, I rode my tout French C.N.C. Today on the way home from work, hanging up the Colnago. The Mafac screamers were in full song.
This bike climbs quite well, I attribute it to the Belleri bars that throw quite a bit forward, about 2+ cm farther than say a Cinelli 64. So, when my position is set for on the hoods, the bar is much closer when grabbing the tops.
You sit a bit more upright, but when climbing, that is a good thing.

When asked why his stem was set so high, Hampstem replied that you don't climb at the Giro in the drops.
You need to be a bit more upright for best power.
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