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Gitane Grand Sport Deluxe woohoo!

Old 03-19-21, 06:28 PM
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Gitane Grand Sport Deluxe woohoo!

I did some painting work for a friend who also collects bikes. He's a super collector really. From StingRays to Cinelli Super Corsas and EVERYTHING inbetween. After completing the painting job and getting paid, I joked that the Atala Professional or the Carlton that I had been privy to see earlier would be a nice tip. To my amazement he offered this Gitane which I had admired with much sentimental recollection. I was thrilled, and it was a bit of sunshine during our long bitter snow filled February. A couple days of cleaning and polishing brought it back to its glory. Today I put new tires on some vintage Weinmann alloy wheels and sidelined the original steelies. It rides so nice. I had one in the same orange about 10 years ago and alway regretted selling it. So it feels great to have this model Gitane back again.

I've raced and ridden a variety of bikes. In my racing days I would have looked at this bike and thought it was inferior or too heavy, just an entry level basic ten speed. Now its the kind of bike I desire most. Laid back tube angles, long 42" wheelbase, 18" chainstays, its ideal for how and where I ride. I dont worry about cross-chaining because the chainstays are so long the chain angle tracks fine. Its comfortable and absorbs road chatter. I get the short wheelbase racer bike if you're doing criteriums every weekend but for the average joe cycling enthusiast this frame geometry seems to be perfect. Glad I got this one back.
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Old 03-19-21, 06:37 PM
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Nice bike in a great color!

So many of these old entry to mid range bikes can really provide a fantastic riding experience. Some of the nicest rides I've taken have been on a UO-8, electroforged Schwinns, and lower tier Raleighs.
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Old 03-19-21, 06:51 PM
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Oh yeah, this bike is beautiful. I'm refurbishing a late 70s Peugeot UO 10; I know it will be a good rider when I'm finished with it.


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Old 03-20-21, 04:43 AM
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I get it too. I, literally, pulled my '74 Gitaine Gypsy Sport out of the dumpster at the recycle station many years ago. My original intent was to just use the frame to practice lug lining but it was straight and didn't seem "that heavy". I stripped mine of the "Hot Wheels" foil stickers and still soft purple paint. I rattle canned the f/f, applied a headbadge made from a can of Yeungling Chesterfield ale and parts from 26 other bikes. It is now my winter bike. Very satisfying ride. All the "good bikes" are packed away until April (not worth slobbering them with muck and road salt) but that is made much easier by having this nice entry level Gitaine frankenbike to ride all winter.

I really should sell it but would likely get very little for it so it's worth much more as a working machine.
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I, too, used to lust for the top dog in whatever kennel I happened to be in. But, for me that changed, not over night, but the change of bicycle preference is pretty dramatic.

Though I love to ride (and look at) my Marinoni...


I learned long ago that these old Torpado road bikes were a treat to ride. I have built up a few and this one is just about ready for its spring test ride (and spring had darn near sprung - yahoo)...


My next project is either a full race eight speed Quintanna Roo, which has been sort of like the bad penny that keeps coming back...


Or this relaxed geometry late sixties Carlton Corsair that was rebranded by Raleigh for sale in the North American market in Bike Boom days. My guess is that the Carlton/Raleigh will be next on the block (in the stand might be a better way to put it)...


Mind, you the Carlton/Raleigh has one bling like advantage. I am a sucker for chrome lug work...
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Great tip there! You must have done some stellar work! That is a nice looking vintage machine. Orange FTW!
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I found a white mixte Grand Sport de Luxe in the co-op's dumpster and just could not leave it there. It currently hangs in the garage minus its too-rusty chain. Eventually it will be fixed up and passed along.
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I found a white mixte Grand Sport de Luxe in the co-op's dumpster and just could not leave it there....
I would probably do the same thing. Sadly, our coop really doesn't keep 70's drop bar bicycles around that long. The manager says that there really isn't much of a market for them. It sorta makes me super sad.
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Sentimental favourite rebuilt for a friend

I was coerced by my daughter to rebuild her friend's mother's bike. It came to me in a sorry state - rusty, no tires, missing front wheel, no BB (except the obligatory stuck fixed cup) or cranks, etc, etc.

I grumbled a lot but set to work, using only stuff I had on hand, and this is the result:

Gitane Grand Sport Deluxe by bj.stevens, on Flickr

I replaced the death stem and original bars, replaced the shifters and used all new consumables, It may now be one of the only Grand Sport Deluxe bikes on earth with a Zeus French thread BB (including Ti crank bolts) and Campy cranks. In reality the crank and BB are only place holders till 'Mom" sees the bike next week and decides if she will ride it or not. I'll then be looking for more appropriate BB, cranks and RD.

As much as I wasn't keen to work on the bike, I think it turned out nicely.

The things we do for family!

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I fixed up this lovely green Gitane grand sport luxe for a neighbor. She wanted a mixte and she wanted a rack. The bike was a pain to work on (the flats on the pedals are 16 mm) but I overhauled it and rebuilt it. I sort of wish I'd changed out the shifters but I figure the bike will come back to me if they don't work right.

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