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10-05-19, 04:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 755
Posted By verktyg

Crescent Color Code Explanations

Interesting info, makes sense. You could go to the bank with anything that Dennis Stone (RIP) said.

I've only seen a few white Crescents and even fewer blue ones "in the steel".

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10-04-19, 04:26 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 8,128
Posted By verktyg

LBS Bike Purchases

At the end of 1973 I bought my first "all Campy" bike. It was a 1971 Gitane Super Corsa that had been hanging on the wall for several years at the shop where I was working part time. I got it for...
10-04-19, 03:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 755
Posted By verktyg

Crescent Bikes

We sold some Crescents during the bike boom and up to 1975 or so.

We focused on the 2-3 high end models - the Pepitas.

1970 Spec Sheet:...
10-04-19, 03:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By verktyg

Adding Washers

Yes, that's something that I've considered. I have a bunch of thin washers that came with Bullseye sealed bearing pulleys BITD. Also maybe using slightly longer pulley screws to add 1mm to the cage...
10-03-19, 09:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By verktyg

I forgot top mention chainrings

Short changed? :foo:

What I should have mentioned in my first post is, I'm going to be using new or slightly used classic 5-6-7 speed chainrings and cranks.

Unless the teeth are well worn,...
10-03-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By verktyg

Chain Rubbing On Derailleur Cage

Thanks, that's the kind of info I was looking for.

Campy used both a 6.2mm wide 10 speed chain and a narrower 5.88mm wide 10 speed chain.

Since this is a newer product it probably uses the...
10-03-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By verktyg

Using 8 Speed Chain With A 10 Speed RD

Not C&V but has anyone had experience using an SRAM PC850 6-7-8 speed chain or similar width chain with a new Campy Veloce 10 speed rear derailleur?

Campy Veloce RD11-VLBXS
...
10-02-19, 01:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 548
Posted By verktyg

Clear Coat

:thumb: ^

Clear coat was/is applied to protect the finish of the paint and protect the chrome. In the case of the paint, to provide scratch resistance and rust resistance on the chrome plated...
10-02-19, 12:01 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,761
Posted By verktyg

Just sold all of my film cameras

I stopped using all of my film cameras in 1999 when I bought a 2.1mp Canon PowerShot S10 digital camera. They'd just come out and were in short supply in the US. I got a "good deal" on mine from a...
10-01-19, 02:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 662
Posted By verktyg

Early 50's Rollfast

My maroon and ivory sleek beauty came with a horn case too. It went along with the fenders. My first adventure in hot rodding.

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10-01-19, 02:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 979
Posted By verktyg

Spam, Spam, Spam...

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verktyg :50: Fly this bike to Cuba!
09-30-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 979
Posted By verktyg

Do You Have Any Cheese?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz1JWzyvv8A

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09-30-19, 02:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,507
Posted By verktyg

1973 Gitane Gran Sport

Welcome,

Your bike appears to be Gitane Gran Sport Deluxe model. They came with quick release hubs. Back then QR hubs were the sign of a "quality" bike.

Gitane offered a less expensive model...
09-30-19, 01:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 446
Posted By verktyg

1971-72 CL TdF

"The ad has inaccuracies" :innocent:

"This is Not the Racing version but the Consumer retail version." Huh?

"Frame is "501 Reynolds Aluminum" with total bike weight of 26 lbs." Good for...
09-29-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 446
Posted By verktyg

Gitane Professionnel (Professional)

Gitane used the model name PROFESSIONNEL a number of times.

This one goes back to the 1962 catalog:

http://www.gitaneusa.com/images/catalog/1964/Page_05.jpg

Next time, 1966:
...
09-29-19, 04:37 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 18,076
Posted By verktyg

Della Santa Greg Lemond Build Sheet.

Here's a January, 1990 build sheet for maybe the last frame that Roland Della Santa made for Greg Lemond. I had a chance to buy the frame from an LA Collector back in 2009.

I'd just bought two new...
09-29-19, 02:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 446
Posted By verktyg

Bike Forum Etiquette

gitanesearch, some hints about Bike Forum protocol that will help you get better responses:

1. Limit jumping onto Zombie threads - messages over 6 months old... Start a new thread with a new...
09-29-19, 01:57 AM
Replies: 1,651
Views: 139,009
Posted By verktyg

Kurt, slightly different topic. I replaced...

Kurt, slightly different topic.

I replaced the reamer/cutter below the facing cutter on my VAR 32 with a brass bushing. Took about 10 minutes to make on a lathe.
...
09-28-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,507
Posted By verktyg

It's a lower end 1974-76 Gitane

I said above: "It's a lower end 1974-76 Gitane". That's the best info that I can provide. Anything else would be a complete guess.

Gitane made too many different models with those feature,...
09-28-19, 08:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 838
Posted By verktyg

1983-84 Mid Range Peugeot Frame

It's about a 1984 mid range Peugeot with creatively misapplied early 70's decals and heavy powder coat paint.

Peugeot only used that stupide set screw design for clamping the seatpost in the rear...
09-28-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,507
Posted By verktyg

1974-76 Gitane

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It's a lower end 1974-76 Gitane with what appears to be two people...
09-28-19, 01:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 662
Posted By verktyg

Tool for adjusting fenders

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/600x405/coppermaul_bfc2c201c8da210f610b25f5844e1f855b048120.jpg:innocent:

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09-26-19, 11:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 662
Posted By verktyg

Gitane Gran Sport

Worked on hundreds of those bikes BITD.

The BB spindle is toast, the cups probably too.

1 x 9 is the new fixie fad! :foo:

Also, I HATE FENDERS! Have since about 1951 or 52 on my 1st bike, a...
09-25-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,216
Posted By verktyg

Patina

:thumb:

The tires out-gassing into the clearcoat probably resulted in photosensitive areas that UV exposure resulted in discoloration. Peugeot as well as Motobecane used thick clear coating that...
09-25-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 875
Posted By verktyg

Do those tires have a puncture resisting belt...

Do those tires have a puncture resisting belt under under the tread? If so, the belt may not have been properly centered during the layup process?

Maybe it's some kind of fungus from all the...
09-24-19, 01:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,216
Posted By verktyg

Early 70's Peugeot PA-10

The PA-10 was Peugeot's amateur racing model. Gitane had the Interclub and other French makers had similar models.

They were mostly made of lighter gauge carbon steel tubing with sewups and racing...
09-23-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,850
Posted By verktyg

Speaking French

I never got older... Ha, ha, ha...



Picky, picky, picky... I fixed it. :troll:

Thomas Jefferson wanted the newly established US to adopt the metric system ~225 years ago. :rolleyes:
...
09-23-19, 09:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,850
Posted By verktyg

Speaking French

I never got older... Ha, ha, ha...



Picky, picky, picky... I fixed it.

I think in inches, feet or miles plus millimeters and meters.

It hurts my head to think in centimeters - 1000mm = 3+...
09-23-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,850
Posted By verktyg

Gitane Frame Sizes

francophile "ne touche pas ça" also "fa pas ça" (the first things that I learned in French when I was a little kid) :innocent:
Johnnybikes

The French and Gitane in particular measured frames...
09-22-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 751
Posted By verktyg

Campy Record vs Nouvo Tipo Cups

Campy Nuovo Tipo # 1271 rear hub cups were stamped, minimally machined, hardened then the ODs, and ball bearing races were ground.

This # 1271 cup failed when it cracked from being overtightened...
09-21-19, 01:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 446
Posted By verktyg

Important Questions ???

Important questions before seeking suggestions or answers:

1. WHAT SIZE FRAME???

2. How nice is nice? The French built bikes to ride, not look at!

Of the big 3 French bike Manufactures,...
09-20-19, 03:18 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,890
Posted By verktyg

Bertin Head Tube Badges

Bertin used these thick aluminum foil head tube badges from the mid 60's until the mid 80's.
...
09-20-19, 01:34 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,890
Posted By verktyg

Speaking Of Paramounts...

The 1959 and 1984 Paramounts were bikes that passed through Stone's Cyclery in Alameda, CA. I helped Dennis Stone sell them online.

1959 Paramount
...
09-20-19, 12:52 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,890
Posted By verktyg

Head Tube Badges Recently Acquired Bike & Frame

Early 80's Echelon. These frames were built in Japan by Cherubim, Hitoshi Konno's shop. He was Yoshi Konno's older brother (of 3Rensho fame). They were made for and imported by DIN Industries a...
09-19-19, 11:52 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,890
Posted By verktyg

Slovenian Coat Of Arms

Zdravo, moja družina je prišla iz Kostanjevice na Krki. V ZDA so se priselili v letih 1880-1890. Moj priimek je Colarič.

Še vedno imam sorodnike tam in v Novo Mesto, Ljubljana in Domžale.
...
09-18-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 172
Posted By verktyg

The Immortals - 1972 TdF

Off topic a little but this is one of my all time favorite cycling photos: The Immortals in the 1976 TdF with Eddy leading the pack and a younger Van Impe in the polka dot KOM jersey,
...
09-18-19, 05:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 172
Posted By verktyg

1982 World Championship Raleigh Support Car

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Geese among the ducks.

Someone from the UK sent me this...
09-16-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By verktyg

Extremely Low End

^^^^^^ :thumb:

Who am I to criticize what may be someone else's pride and joy? As the old saying goes, "Rubber Wheels Beat Rubber Heels".

The focus of a lot of the C&V members is on classic...
09-14-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 855
Posted By verktyg

Bottecchia US Sales

Can't say about European sales but I'd guess that until Greg Lemond started riding Bottecchia branded bikes at the end of his career, all US Bottecchia sales were probably for complete bikes.

The...
09-13-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 855
Posted By verktyg

1977 Bottecchia Frame

When you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras! :innocent:

LucasHartong not trying to say "you have an ugly dog" but... (Your frame looks pretty nice with the new paint job).

The cosmetics...
09-13-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 855
Posted By verktyg

1977 Bottecchia. They used cheap swagged...

1977 Bottecchia.

They used cheap swagged seat stay tops for a long time.

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09-13-19, 01:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,261
Posted By verktyg

Gitane Professional Piste track bike

Slightly of topic but I just made an offer on a ~1968 Gitane Professional Super Piste track bike with a Reynolds 531 frame and Campy components.

I'll probably pick it up this afternoon (Friday the...
09-13-19, 01:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 624
Posted By verktyg

IRD Cyclone FWs

The IRD Cyclone Mk 1 freewheels look interesting but they lack the Shimano style ramps on the sprockets that the previous Classica FWs had.

Discontinued Classica model
...
09-11-19, 11:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 721
Posted By verktyg

Choice Of Colors

roadbikeChris since the bike is going to be rider not a restoration, paint it what ever color suits your fancy.

One suggestion, you should put the bike together enough to ride it to make sure it...
09-11-19, 11:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 721
Posted By verktyg

Cyclomondo Gitane Foil Decals

I worked with Greg Softly/Cyclomondo when he was designing those Gitane repros back in 2008. We were sending pics and decals back and forth between OZ and the US for about a month.

They're pretty...
09-11-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By verktyg

Old Peugeot UO-8

Mid 70's UO-8

Recommendation for picture to post for bike IDs:

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1299x937/what_pics_to_take_79581f03cf6a8047024baa3fd4f81347836f7c89.jpg...
09-11-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,261
Posted By verktyg

Parfait!

Give the man a cigar! :thumb:

In 1973 I went to work part time at the shop where I bought my first Gitane. The manager had a masters in French and forced us all to learn the proper pronunciations...
09-11-19, 12:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,261
Posted By verktyg

Gitane Mexico Maybe?

Mel Pinto Imports was the primary Gitane Importer and Wholesale Distributor for the US from the mid 60's until 1973. From 1968 on they only listed 2 models of track bikes:

The Track Standard plain...
09-05-19, 02:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 776
Posted By verktyg

Large Brake Cable Loops

Narhay

I get better TV reception that way, besides I have VERY large hands.... :roflmao2:
...
09-05-19, 04:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 776
Posted By verktyg

Campy Barcons

Both Simplex and Huret produced bar end shift levers for a long time - up into the mid 70's. I don't recall ever seeing any photos of barcons on a bike in European competition but the photos posted...
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