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Old 05-29-19, 12:37 PM
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I started drooling as soon as I saw the pictures of the frame. I've got a thing for mylar stickered Gitanes, especially models that aren't especially known in the US. At first glance, I though it was a Hosteller, until I saw the quality of the rear dropouts.
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Now to tackle the search for parts:

First up; seatpost binder/bolt

Does anyone know which bolt was the correct one? I believe it likely had the ugly zinc bolt and nut. The clamp has a slot for an ear on each side; but no where on eBay are matching bolts sold.

Any ideas on what works?
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Generator cable braze-ons

It has been said that the little loops on the underside is for light cables. I just wanted to illustrate the generator that Gitane had in mind. Here, on a 1975 Olympic w/o the cable eyes.
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Old 05-30-19, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by vintagerando View Post
Now to tackle the search for parts:

First up; seatpost binder/bolt

Does anyone know which bolt was the correct one? I believe it likely had the ugly zinc bolt and nut. The clamp has a slot for an ear on each side; but no where on eBay are matching bolts sold.

Any ideas on what works?
I posted a pic in your Sales thread. A TA binder might work.
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Old 05-30-19, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by guidogad View Post
It has been said that the little loops on the underside is for light cables. I just wanted to illustrate the generator that Gitane had in mind.
those are nice generators, but the OP's bike obviously came with a bottle dyno. Can't imagine why they put it in front of the fork though, like everyone else has done in the history of bottle dyno braze-ons.

I'm a bit curious where the taillight on that bike would be. I like the loops on the DT, I have thought about doing that.
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Old 05-30-19, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
those are nice generators, but the OP's bike obviously came with a bottle dyno. Can't imagine why they put it in front of the fork though, like everyone else has done in the history of bottle dyno braze-ons.

I'm a bit curious where the taillight on that bike would be. I like the loops on the DT, I have thought about doing that.
I'm actually not sure the fork mount is for a bottle dyno, or rather just the light. Imagine the rack in place with the support rods (as in the catalogue pictures).
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Old 05-30-19, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by guidogad View Post
I'm actually not sure the fork mount is for a bottle dyno, or rather just the light. Imagine the rack in place with the support rods (as in the catalogue pictures).
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Old 05-30-19, 06:40 PM
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makes a lot of sense with the up/down adjustment
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
I posted a pic in your Sales thread. A TA binder might work.
Those TA binders are nice.
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
I wonder if this would work: Velogical Generator

VELOGICAL RIM-DYNAMO - Standard Bicycle Dynamo - Smooth Running, Lightweight, Efficient
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Originally Posted by vintagerando View Post
It might take a little tinkering with some hardware to make it work but it is doable.

I just bought one of these Velogical dynamos, with the canti stud mounting hardware. But I plan to mount it to a front rack that I'm making. It's a really nice piece of equipment. I'll post on the process on the thread on my Alps build.

The dynamo attaches to the various mounts by sliding onto a greased pin, and then fastening to the pin with a small set screw.
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Originally Posted by verktyg View Post
The Gitane Gran Tourisme frame was basically a Super Corsa with some braze-ons added for touring. The Tour de France bikes from that era had the same frame geometry. For a comfortable ride, those bikes were no slouches, especially the 57cm and 60cm frame sizes.

BITD, production made Reynolds and Columbus frame bikes with sewups weighed between 21 and 22.5 lbs. depending of the frame size (some even up to 23 Lbs.)

Back before lightweight clinchers and clincher rims came along, 27" wheels could add several pounds to a "light weight" made for sewups bike - even with alloy clincher rims.

Add on the weight of the touring components and it's easy to reach 25 lbs.

@vintagerando "Its on my CL for $85. Seems like a good deal; frame and fork AND Campy "C" headset."

Where did you say that you lived??? I'd snipe that in a minute...

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By no means a careful comparison, but I put a (rear) wheel with Rigida rims and Campy high flange hubs (clincher with NO tire) on the scale and compared it to a late 60s Mavic tubular rim with Campy high flange on the scale; the difference was minimal; maybe 20-30 grams. So, is the added mass in the clincher tire vs the sew up?
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Originally Posted by guidogad View Post
It has been said that the little loops on the underside is for light cables. I just wanted to illustrate the generator that Gitane had in mind. Here, on a 1975 Olympic w/o the cable eyes.
I wonder what brand generator the Gitane originally had back in the 70s.
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Great looking bike frame set worth restoring the metalic blue they used was about the nicest finish paint you will see on a French bike. I really like the Gitane touring models from the 60's and early 70's they had a lot of nice details and are great all around vintage bikes. To bad this one is missing one of the neatest features of the deluxe models which is the matching racks that were typical made and painted to go with the frame. I ounce rebuilt a Gitane Hosteller that wasn't even my size because just because of how cool the metalic blue frame with matching racks looked.
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Old 07-02-19, 10:24 PM
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got the fenders

I picked up the original fenders from the seller; super guy, interesting and a cool cat (and very generous).
See this post. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...l#post21008863









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Those appear to be Bluemel Airweights, nice alloy mudguards that would suit some fatter 650B wheels.
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