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Old 07-04-17, 05:11 PM
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Here's my 73 PX-10 with a few mods


Sweet! It looks like it is in great shape.
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Old 07-04-17, 06:26 PM
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According to the catalogue photo here it's black cloth tape.
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Job #1 on the Motobecane Mixte I posted yesterday. I removed the Jubile derailleur, cleaned it up and set about mounting it onto my red Grand Jubile. One of my favorite rides, originally built up from a bare frame using a few parts off a Moto Grand Touring, some NOS Shimano Arabesque derailleurs and the best French bits I could find. I took this bike along whenever we traveled and have ridden it all over the Western U.S.

Those who know these French beauties are familiar with what I ran into: The Simplex dropouts on my red bike are not compatible with the glamorous, Huret Jubile derailleur! Motobecane began switching over to Japanese derailleurs in the mid 70's, just luck of the draw that I had one...So I put the derailleurs back where they started and took my red bike out for a long 4th of July ride followed by a photoshoot. Don
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Old 07-04-17, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by LouB
Question for the Francophiles: What color and material would the handlebar tape be on a '71 Gitane Super Corsa? I'm thinking black cloth, but need to be certain. This is a time capsule and I want it to be correct and original as possible. Thanks
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Lou, you have a SC and your not showing us photos? We need to see that beautiful Gitane.
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Lou, you have a SC and your not showing us photos? We need to see that beautiful Gitane.
I know. We've been working on her for weeks now and she is almost ready. Just need to mount the tubulars and redo the bar tape. Should have pics up hopefully by the end of the day.
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GSC Simplex Cable Guide w sticker.jpgHere is our Gitane Super Corsa. Rear hub stamped '70, front hub '71. I acquired this from Hank Cunningham of Helotes Bicycle and Hank and I (thats 90% = Hank and 10% = Lou) went through all the bearings, cleaned and regreased. Mounted lovely FMB silk tubulars. Cleaned and polished the &^% out of every nook and cranny. She is a virtual time capsule. Brake pads still have their ridge from the molds. Paint is pretty much perfect and all stickers are original. She is all Campy inc. brakes with Cinelli stem and bars. I'll replace the Brooks Professional with an Ideale 90 when I save up some $$s. This project has been a joy, with all the best our hobby/passion has to offer. I was able to learn from a master and had a hell of a lot of fun doing so. I rode it for the first time today, and its smooth, fast and elegant. I'm a happy boy!
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Super like! Thanks for posting.
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Dang that's nice Lou! Thanks for sharing.
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Here's a preview of Velo de Ville II:



I built her up as a city bike based on a Peugeot PFN-10 that I picked up for thirty bucks. More later...


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Looks like you're getting your monies worth.

Cool bike for sure....
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Originally Posted by LouB

Here is our Gitane Super Corsa. Rear hub stamped '70, front hub '71. I acquired this from Hank Cunningham of Helotes Bicycle and Hank and I (thats 90% = Hank and 10% = Lou) went through all the bearings, cleaned and regreased. Mounted lovely FMB silk tubulars. Cleaned and polished the &^% out of every nook and cranny. She is a virtual time capsule. Brake pads still have their ridge from the molds. Paint is pretty much perfect and all stickers are original. She is all Campy inc. brakes with Cinelli stem and bars. I'll replace the Brooks Professional with an Ideale 90 when I save up some $$s. This project has been a joy, with all the best our hobby/passion has to offer. I was able to learn from a master and had a hell of a lot of fun doing so. I rode it for the first time today, and its smooth, fast and elegant. I'm a happy boy!
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Looks great, good job
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Mid-sixties Jacques Anquetil. I have shown it before, but hey, it's French. Currently geared and tired for Eroica-type rides, which it does very well. It's a very likeable machine: stable, comfortable, easy to ride all day. Not particularly light, even for a 63.5cm frame: 11.4kg (without the pump and the water bottle):

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Mid-sixties Jacques Anquetil.
That bike just shouts "French goodness!"
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Velo de Ville II - voyage d'inauguration

I rode my Velo de Ville II for the first time last night. My first Velo de Ville was a U08 that I ended up reconfiguring and giving to my brother-in-law. This second one, also a Peugeot, is the Vitus 181 framed PFN-10 "Course".



When I bought the bike for thirty bucks at a moving sale, it weighed 24 lbs. The poor thing had been ridden quite hard for awhile, and then hung from a hook in the garage for more than a decade. She was in sad shape.



On disassembly I overhauled the bearings in the BB and headset, but the wheels were toast. So I gave her a new pair of wheels and transferred the gear from VdV Number 1 over to Number 2.



She now weighs 35 lbs with rack, basket, bags, and water bottle - not bad, eh? Of course the fenders wouldn't fit, but the rack will block any spray off the back wheel, and that's good enough.


Gettin' gritty in the city...

Judging from her performance last night and this morning, I think she'll do nicely;
très bien!

There are more photos and a better description of the ride over at the thread: "Where'd You Ride Today?"






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My 1984 Gitane "Tour (Tout) de France"

Just finished my 1984 Gitane Tour de France mod/build........

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If any here are familiar with the 1984 Gitane TDF, you will know that it was equipped with an Italian (Ofmega Mistral/Modolo Speedy) gruppo. While getting it ready for the road after I received it from the last owner (our fellow C&V from member, "sloar"), I decided in the last minute to rebuild the bike using all French components to give proper tribute to the TDF race. Also gave me a chance to use some of the French components I had been building up in my stash in the last few years. Everything just sort of came together naturally on the bike. One of the most rewarding build I've done recently!
I'm really loving the Gitane after dreaming about owning one since the 80's, but Peugeot always seem to get my attention instead. Thought of eventually trying to find a Gitane Pro of similar vintage, but just couldn't after searching for some years now. I think I'm OK with the TdF, especially as it gave me another opportunity to build up an a "Tout French" bike again.. Gitane Pros had either a 531 or Columbus SL frame. The TdF has Supervitus tubing.
Sorry for the big pics, but still trying to figure out how to resize on Flickr after I had to bail out of Photobucket.
I have a thread already started for this build on our C&V forum. I'll download these pics and more as soon as I get them into my new Flickr account
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Love it! Where did you find black anodized Retrofrictions? A wonderful touch on a beautiful bike. The black accents pick up the decals nicely. And who doesn't love yellow bar tape?
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My "Cheap Gene" just suffered sticker shock!

I thought a Simplex seatpost would look good on the Grand Jubile Mixte. A good many years ago, the one on my red Grand Jubile set me back $4 at a local(Olympia, WA) swap meet. First one that popped up in my search was listed @ $185 and I saw several sold at $60-$70. Looks like the mixte keeps its plain Jane, alloy, post unless I run across a bargain. Don
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Love it! Where did you find black anodized Retrofrictions? A wonderful touch on a beautiful bike. The black accents pick up the decals nicely. And who doesn't love yellow bar tape?
Found the black anodized (unbranded = Mavic version) some years ago. Bought it to complete a Mavic SSC group I was putting together. The group went into a project but I had to leave off the shifters as they being black anodized, would have not looked quite right on the build I was doing, so the lingered in my component stash for some years till this project came up.
Regarding the bar tape, yes, the yellow color was a natural choice, especially for a Gitane like the 84 TDF, but Cinelli let me down on this new version of their cork tape. See my recent post on it currently circulating....
Thanks for the compliments on the bike!
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Originally Posted by Chombi1
Just finished my 1984 Gitane Tour de France mod/build........

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I any here are familiar with the 1984 Gitane TDF, you will know that it was equipped with an Italian (Ofmega Mistral). While getting it ready for the road after I received it from the last owner (our fellow C&V from member, "sloar"), I decided in the last minute to rebuild the bike using all French components to give proper tribute to the TDF race. Also gave me a chance to use some of the French components I had been building up in my stash in the last few years. Everything just sort of came together naturally on the bike. One of the most rewarding build I've done recently!
I'm really loving the Gitane after dreaming about owning one since the 80's, but Peugeot always seem to get my attention instead. Thought of eventually trying to find a Gitan Pro of similar vintage, but just couldn't after searching for some years now. I think I'm OK with the TdF, especially as it gave me another opportunity to build up an a "Tout French" bike again.. Gitane Pros had either a 531 or Columbus SL frame. The TdF has Supervitus tubing.
Sorry for the big pics, but still trying to figure out how to resize on Flickr after I had to bail out of Photobucket.
I have a thread already started for this build on our C&V forum. I'll download these pics and more as soon as I get them into my new Flickr account
Absolutely love it!!! The paint appears to be in much, much better condition than my '84 TdF. I love Supervitus framed bikes so this one was one I really wanted (still looking for the right PSV in my size). It's light, quick and responsive especially with tubulars.
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Originally Posted by Chombi1
Just finished my 1984 Gitane Tour de France mod/build........


I'm really loving the Gitane after dreaming about owning one since the 80's, but Peugeot always seem to get my attention instead. Thought of eventually trying to find a Gitane Pro of similar vintage, but just couldn't after searching for some years now. I think I'm OK with the TdF, especially as it gave me another opportunity to build up an a "Tout French" bike again.. Gitane Pros had either a 531 or Columbus SL frame. The TdF has Supervitus tubing.
Sorry for the big pics, but still trying to figure out how to resize on Flickr after I had to bail out of Photobucket.
I have a thread already started for this build on our C&V forum. I'll download these pics and more as soon as I get them into my new Flickr account
Really nice bike Chombi, and great pictures - I'm just a little bit jealous. I've got (what I think is) a Course, no idea about the date, but like you I really love riding it. Rode another sportive on it last week, leaving the modern aluminium machine in the garage again.
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
Found this one on CL and picked it up in Bend, Oregon Sunday afternoon. Just needs a thorough clean, lube and lots of TLC. I believe it is a 1975 Grand Jubile, but unfortunately has a SunTour 7 front derailleur, alloy Italian kickstand, Schwinn rack and steel bars. Should evolve into a nice ride for one of my grand daughters. Don
Don, I saw that bike on the Bend C/L and was seriously tempted to call the guy about it. But I already have a red w/black trim GJ mixte (completely original and stock) that matches my men's GJ frame (and I have all the stock parts for that build if I choose to do it.). Glad it went to someone on the Forum. I had matching '75 silver w/black trim men's and mixte GJs But I sold both to a guy in Calif. who is closely associated with the Eroica California. Wish I had them both back now because I just picked up a '75 Grand Record, that is drop dead gorgeous (silver w/black trim) and looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. They'd make a nice 3-pc set!

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Awesome ...we are near the perfect GITANE !
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Awesome ...we are near the perfect GITANE !
That is a beauty, no doubt about it.

But I like my bikes to be able to carry stuff. Here's my perfect Gitane:






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