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wondering how to read the serial number of my bike

Old 08-03-10, 05:03 PM
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wondering how to read the serial number of my bike

Hey everyone,
im new to this so please be patiant. i just bought me a vintage Cycle Gitane and started doing research on the company. so far so good but i am trying to figure out what year my bike is. I wrote down the serial number at the bottom but cant figure out how to decode it. all i know that below the bike it says "Vitus". should i take the bike to my local shop to see if they can figure it out? if anyone knows of a website that has serial numbers or at least can show me how to decode it that would be great.

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Old 08-03-10, 05:38 PM
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Welcome to C&V , El Matador!

Here is an interesting link. - Don't think it helps with S/N's though.

+ You need to post your pictures here - including a drive side photo, derailleurs, any decals. The Vitus is likely the frame material but there were various grades. We all want to know what bike you bought .
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Most bicycle serial numbers are meaningless. There were no standards used by the manufacturers. Don't put a lot of time trying to decipher it. Instead, study the components used to build the bike, compare them to various similar bikes on the web (like the catalogs linked above), date the components via the code letters put on them, etc.
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thanks guys. yea i did some research on the Gitane website and found out that its an '85 champion bike. ill post pictures up soon.
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