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Gitane's Crank, What am I Missing?

Old 09-30-13, 06:07 PM
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Gitane's Crank, What am I Missing?

Let me begin by saying I bought an early 70's Gitane Grand Sport De Luxe last Friday. Bike appears to be all original, but needs pedals and TLC. I am puzzled though by the crank set; it's missing something, perhaps a chain guard, but I'm not 100% sure. A 1970 Gitane catalog scan's spec sheet calls for a Durax crank set but I have been unable to find a photo of one similar to mine. Can someone confirm the crank set is a Durax and what is missing? I've attached a couple of photos to help with the ID.

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Old 09-30-13, 06:21 PM
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if you are asking about the three, what appear to be, bolt holes which are empty the answer is that they are not used in this case because the inner c/w is rivetted to the outer.

expect the pedals were removed for transit.
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Old 09-30-13, 06:56 PM
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Don't think it's a Durax. Every Durax crank i've seen has removable chainrings and is clearly stamped "Durax" on the crank arm or directly under the spindle.
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The stylized bicycle logo on the chain ring, I believe, spells out the word CYCLO. That's the French company by that name. I've seen that crank before but can't remember who made it.
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