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Mystery Gitane Road Bike

Old 03-02-21, 09:50 PM
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Mystery Gitane Road Bike

I was given this bike. It came to me from the original owner who bought it in 1974. He told me he took the decals and stickers off the frame thinking it gave the frame a cool look. I found a 1974 Gitane catalog online but it is in French. I知 looking to find out what model it might be. The dropouts are coined sheet steel so I知 guess the frame may be low end.

The tires are crusty but the frame is my size and it looks like some inexpensive servicing would make it rideable.

Thanks for any thoughts to ID this bike.

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Old 03-02-21, 10:15 PM
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appears it may have begun life as the Interclub model

have not before seen one with Weinmann brakes however

there is a web site and forum specifically for Gitane bicycles located here -

Gitane USA Home Page

the site includes a catalogue archive

stated date for the bicycle appears correct

there appears to be a transfer yet present on the fork blade; are you able to read it?

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Old 03-02-21, 11:16 PM
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I’ll post a photo.

I was thinking it would have Mafac brakes.


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Originally Posted by Sjtaylor View Post
The dropouts are coined sheet steel so I知 guess the frame may be low end.
Yes, low-end.

Nevertheless, a great bike.
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thank you for the image of the fork blade transfer

1974 was the first model year for this transfer set


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You can find replacement decals, here https://velocals.com/gitane-build-a-set/

That's a neat bike and well worth fixing up to ride. I'm fixing up a similar quality French bike (a Peugeot UO 10) also from the 70s to ride.
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