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Old 09-10-16, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by papik View Post
My recent purchase, probably a 1978-1979 GITANE "TROPHEE" or "NATION"..all REYNOLDS 531, MAFACS "COMPETITION", many parts are SHIMANO (headset, front wheel...) the triple STROGLIGHT 99 was optional
I dont know the meaning of the three stars on the decals and why they are blues and sometimes,red ...
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The stars on the '78 decals are just decoration but do suggest a quality feeling of course. The two additional colours (red and blue) were used in a certain combination with the frame colours. I own an exact the same frame in 'gold' with the black and blue decal.
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I’m resurrecting this thread to show my 1984 Gitane Interclub. It’s been hanging on my wall for over 10 years waiting for me to decide whether I should sell, trade, or keep it. After signing up for Eroica California, I decided to build it up as a practice bike as would be renting a bike for Eroica. Being an entry level racer, it wasn’t worth a full resto, so I touched up the crazy faded paint. Now, with still no word from the rental shop, this will be making the trip. I'll be changing the crankset out for a Stronglight 99 with 36/48 chainrings, and it still needs clips and straps, so it's virtually ready.

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Originally Posted by francophile View Post
Back up in your ass with the Resurrection!

Nobody else was responding, so I picked up this TdF earlier. It's a little too big for me (60), but I have a friend who is looking for an alternate for his early 70s Moto LC, and I think I may con him into taking this after I refurb it. Owner couldn't get anyone to buy at $325, then $225, dropped to $150 and caught my attention. Happy I got it before the vultures.

Damn near all original, one-owner, bought somewhere in the New England area, owner thought it was '70/'71 but everything on it points to '72-'73. Date code on the rims are 71 on rear, possibly 72 on rear (?!). Bocama med lugs, Dubois crowns, Campy front DO, Simplex rear DO, Tipo hubs, beautiful bike. Paint is in exceptional shape, decals are actually quite nice as well. FD is obviously cracked (go fig, delrin), and RD has issues I haven't checked out, but ...

Pics are worth a thousand words. Here's two big ones, click the smaller images under for more.

That is one handsome bicycle. Have you considered putting a Stronglight 93 crank on there? TdFs just don't look right to me with anything else.
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
That is one handsome bicycle. Have you considered putting a Stronglight 93 crank on there? TdFs just don't look right to me with anything else.
Well, it turns out after taking it on a quick voyage after purchase, this bike actually fit me, it's at the absolute top-end of my range but it fits! So I kept it and it's been on my wall since the time of this posting.

That said, you brought up a big dilemma for me and the main reason I haven't restored it yet. That is, simply put: Do I keep it "stock" to pay homage to the market domination of Peugeot and Motobecane for the era, which caused Gitane to use mis-matched dropouts & fork-ends and Sugino cranksets? Or do I toss on one of my spare 93s and Stronglight BBs to go complètement Français?

Needless to say I still haven't decided and I've had plenty of projects to work on. I actually have another either TdF or SC virtually identical in bare-frame hanging on the shop wall I need to deal with also. That's going to require paint, and paint will require warmer weather!
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Originally Posted by francophile View Post
That is, simply put: Do I keep it "stock" to pay homage to the market domination of Peugeot and Motobecane for the era, which caused Gitane to use mis-matched dropouts & fork-ends and Sugino cranksets? Or do I toss on one of my spare 93s and Stronglight BBs to go complètement Français?
Allez les Français!!
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Well, it turns out after taking it on a quick voyage after purchase, this bike actually fit me, it's at the absolute top-end of my range but it fits! So I kept it and it's been on my wall since the time of this posting.

That said, you brought up a big dilemma for me and the main reason I haven't restored it yet. That is, simply put: Do I keep it "stock" to pay homage to the market domination of Peugeot and Motobecane for the era, which caused Gitane to use mis-matched dropouts & fork-ends and Sugino cranksets? Or do I toss on one of my spare 93s and Stronglight BBs to go complètement Français?

Needless to say I still haven't decided and I've had plenty of projects to work on. I actually have another either TdF or SC virtually identical in bare-frame hanging on the shop wall I need to deal with also. That's going to require paint, and paint will require warmer weather!
Go with the French stuff! The Gitane factory would have if they could have gotten their hands on it. I like originality okay, but I like correctness more.
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I'll toss mine in here, though not close to original its a good one.






Not certain the year on this one, I've seen some Gitane catalogs and I'm guessing somewhere around mid eighties. The front is mostly stock with original bar and stem, along with simplex derailleurs, I'd have swapped these out but they work fine. If anyone really needed them and wanted to swap for a deore rear der or 105 triple rear der I'd be happy to trade but I assume they're fairly entry level and don't have much value and I've got too many other bikes to deal with to just swap out parts that work. Rear crank is using a Phil french thread BB, front required more effort since I didn't want to pay another 200 for a BB. I found an eccentric that was close in size, mounted it in the 3 jaw chuck of my wood lathe and turned it down to fit, so english thread in the front. Back has adjustable stem and flat bars for the kids to reach with, have to get the crank shorteners installed for the spring. Also trying to figure out a better headset, it is French thread but when testing the threading I put a tange top cap on and it threaded on perfectly, I assume due to the miniscule difference between French and English headset threads, its made me wonder if I could get away with a Chris King gripnut which uses a wedge system with a captured threaded ring, the .2mm wouldn't be a lot for this system to catch on to. Other then the threads everything else should fit fine is my understanding, nicely enough the only 22.2 stem I had slid in the steerer with no resistance at all so stem swapping will be easier for something a couple degrees higher and 10mm longer. Overall its a very smooth riding bike and a friend and I are in a discussion of doing a couple of gravel rides on it as it has no trouble holding 700x35 tires.
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My one and only Gitane. A 1984 model "Tour de France".
Bought it complete and stock, except for the wheelset, from a fellow BF member about 3-4 years ago and proceeded to give i the full Tout French rebuild. With all French components, to "correct" the Italian treatment that Gitane did to the TdF's that year by installing Italian Ofmega and Modolo components on them. What the heck was Gitane thinking??!
I always really wanted to own and ride this Model Gitane, ever since it came out in 1984, when I was in college (I think the racy red paint really attracted me to the bike as it was different from the other Gitane race bike offerings at that time, which were mostly blue to match the bike color of their pro teams. Plus, I really wanted another French bike with Supervitus tubing, after my enjoyable experience with my 1984 Peugeot PSV.), so I decided I was going to do something really special, when I finally got to buy this Gitane Tdf for myself.

Never really described fully what I all did to the bike when I modded it up, so here it goes:
Everything on the bike is now French, as it should be for a French bike with a model name of "Tour de France".
Everything means, even down to the tires (Michelin tubulars) and the wheelset (32H Wolber Aubisque tubular rims, Spidel 700 hubs).
Even the waterbottle cage and bottle, is now both French, Zefal.
I upgraded the Stronglight B10 headset with the Delrin cups to a black anodiized A9 that is all aluminum.
Changed out the crankset from an Ofmega Mistral, to a Stronglight/Spidel 107 with black anodized big chainring to follow the black and silver theme going with the components.
Change out the bottom bracket too from the Ofmega BB to a 118mm spindled, Stronglight Competition Model 65 BB, to match the crankset.
Changed out the Ofmega Mistral resin derailleur to full Simplex/Spidel LJ 4000 (Same derailleurs used in competition by Peugeot on their PY10FC).
Seatpost changed from the stock, Japanese SR LaPrade to a proper 26.4mm Simplex SLJ.
And saddle change from a modern one that was on the bike when I bought it, to a 1980's French Reydel GTi saddle.
The freewheel is a 7 speed Maillard 700 and the chain, a Sedis/Sachs narrow chain with black and silver links.
Shift levers changed from the flexy/fragile resin Ofmega/Modolo Mistral shift levers to Spidel Black anodized Retrofrictions.
I have since changed the pedals from the modern Look Keo Classics in the pic to more period appropriate Maillard/Spidel CXC 700 aero pedals. with black anodized rear plates, Christophe/Spidel clips and Christophe 496C leather straps.
Stem was changed from an Atax aero to a black anodized one with "Cycles Gitane" pantographing.
Handlebar was changed from a Philippe model "Franco Italia" to a Philippe model "Tour de France", of course. Lastly, I changed the Italian Modolo Speedy brakes to Mafac/Spidel LSX sidepulls.

It was another very very satisfying "Tout French" build for me that all just fell into place with most of the French components, already in my stash when I got the bike.
The bike rides quite a bit stiffer than my similar 1984 Peugeot PSV laterally, because of the thicker gauge Supervitus 983 tubing on the Gitane TdF. Steering is a bit quicker/more responsive, because of the slightly steeper front geometry. The bike ended up weighing +/- 19 pounds.

Only Gitane I'm still looking for is a Gitane Pro Team Replica from 1983, with Columbus SL tubed framset. It remains my "Moby Dick" Gitane that I just could not land, despite searching and searching for many years now (So far, ones that came up were either all too big, too beat up or way too expensive).... But like most bikes, I already have. I usually just have to be patient and one will eventually turn up for me, like this one did.

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Something is amiss with the rear derailleur setup. Think the derailleur needs to be wound back a turn. And then the tge cable housing can be trimmed to a normal length.

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Something is amiss with the rear derailleur setup. Think the derailleur needs to be wound back a turn. And then the tge cable housing can be trimmed to a normal length.
Didn't notice that there was any real adjustment to it but it also doesn't have rubbing over the whole range of the cassette through the full range of the crankset so it seems to be a good position.
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That RD setup looks OK to me. The top pivot springs do tend to weaken in time on these Simplex RDs but this one looks to still be pulling back enough.
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70's Gitane Randonneur

Last summer, I restored this 70's vintage Gitane randonneur for a friend here in Durango. Sharp I eyes will see the rear brake wire isn't run yet, but the bike was close to complete.
He uses it as his "townie" commuter bike. Many of the components were replaced and in some cases upgraded to suit the owners wants.

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Mid-70s Gitane Randonneuse

Hello everyone!

My name is Alepy and I am new to this forum. This is my very first post.
I was looking through various pictures of vintage Gitane road bikes on the web when I stumbled over this thread here. Half a year ago I bought this lovely French lady from an elderly gentleman, took it apart bit by bit, cleaned, restored/replaced and put everything back together again. As this was in fact my very first restoration project ever I’m quite happy with the result.

However, to this very day I still haven’t been able to figure out what model and year this mighty wheeler could be — maybe you lot can help me along here!
The prior (first hand) owner told me he bought it some time between 1973 and 1975 from a dealer in Dortmund, Germany. I’ve searched through various catalogues on the internet but couldn’t really come up with anything definite. It could be a „Racer“, but it could likewise be a „Paris-Roubaix“ or a „Paris-Tours“ or what not...

As for the (original) components, it came to me with:

Breaks — MAFAC Racer
Rear derailleur — Huret „Svelto“
Front derailleur — Huret 700 AV
Stem — PIVO (changed to a shiny polished PIVO)
Freewheels — DEA 622-15C polished steel (currently changing to GFX alloys 622-13C)
Chainset + cranks — Solida (to be changed)
Pedals — Lyotard

So all in all nothing really special or fancy. But they work, and that’s what’s important to me!
Additional clues might be those two more features:
- There are three O-rings fitted to the frame, two on the fork, one on the left-hand rear tube to mount a dynamo to.
- Underneath the top tube, there are two needles to attach a pump.

I’m gonna attach two pics of my beloved bicycle, one pre-restoration, and one as it is right now.

Cheers and greetings from Germany’s Rhineland area
Alepy

[EDIT: For some reason I’m not able to attach any photos. Whenever I try, I’m getting an error message saying „You cannot post any URLs until you’ve created ten posts“. Can anyone help me please...?]
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[EDIT: For some reason I’m not able to attach any photos. Whenever I try, I’m getting an error message saying „You cannot post any URLs until you’ve created ten posts“. Can anyone help me please...?]
Welcome Alepy!!

As a new member you cannot pot pictures until you have at least ten posts. So reply to this one, go reply to a few others (“nice bike!” Etc) and you’ll soon be able to post picture.
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Welcome Alepy!!

As a new member you cannot pot pictures until you have at least ten posts. So reply to this one, go reply to a few others (“nice bike!” Etc) and you’ll soon be able to post picture.
Cheers mate!
(Post #2 — check! )
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Hello everyone!...I’m gonna attach two pics of my beloved bicycle, one pre-restoration, and one as it is right now.

Cheers and greetings from Germany’s Rhineland area
Alepy

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Hello,

If you create an album in the Gallery section of this site, and upload your pictures there, one of us can can give you an "assist" and post them here in this thread for you.
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If you create an album in the Gallery section of this site, and upload your pictures there, one of us can can give you an "assist" and post them here in this thread for you.
Sounds like a nice work around! Thank you so much for the suggestion (y)
I’ve just created an album in the Gallery section called „The French Lady Green“, featuring the two pics I wanted to post here.

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Sounds like a nice work around! Thank you so much for the suggestion (y)
I’ve just created an album called „The French Lady Green“, featuring the two pics I wanted to post here.
"pre-restoration"



"After restoration"

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Not mine. Gitane Interclub for sale on FB right now.
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1968? Gitane Bicyclette? Royal LVX?

Hi,

This belonged to a family member. I need to clean out my garage and will try to sell it. I think it's from about 1968. Is the model name Royal LVX? Or is it the name of the seat? Photos attached.

Any opinions greatly appreciated.

Thank you. Merci et n'hesitez pas a me contacter en francais.



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Whoa. You can’t just drop a bombshell on us without any description!
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Is the model name Royal LVX? Or is it the name of the seat? Photos attached.

I believe Royal LVX is the name of the seat. Those alloy brake levers and the quaint shifter are terrific!
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"pre-restoration"



"After restoration"


Nice job, I have to say that your setup is in agreement with my own sensibilities for a bike like this, even down to the cottered cranks, wing nuts and steel rims!
The metallic green color looks awesome, and the photo is interesting (with the local nuke plant in the background). I remember as a teeneager, we used to go to swim in the deep quarry that served as the cooling pond and emergeny spill for the Indian Point Nuclear Reactor serving the greater NYC area. I'm still glowing and feeling energized after all of these years!

Just to share a tip that I can offer, I'm thinking that if you lifted the stem quill out of the fork, that you could then swing the rear brake cable under and around the lower right handlebar end, maybe giving the cabling a more-symmetrical look by going over the bars and to the left side of the stem? I try not to mess with the cable ends after setting things up, so this is my "easier way" of experimenting with cable routing.


I'm thinking that my closest equivalents to your bike would have to be my (Steyr-built) SEARS 10-SPEED or my Peugeot UO8.

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