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Old 11-27-20, 11:35 PM
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FS: Gitane Tour de France 56cm + Campy

Early/Mid 1970ís Gitane Professional Tour de France

TD ; LR :
Fully rehabbed/sympathetically restored/preserved
Reynolds 531 double-butted lightweight frame, significant touch-up

22 inch/56cm seat tube measured center to top
22 inch/56cm top tube measured center to center
Mix of original and upgraded (Campagnolo, Weinmann) parts
Converted to Mavic Module E2 clincher 700c
Asking $385
$345+ shipping
Can do frame + HS, BB also (let's say
$100)
Located in Maryland between Baltimore and DC.


Story:
Selling because Iíve discovered that 58cm seat tubes are a little more comfortable for me. Everything was stripped down, cleaned, polished, re-greased (bottom bracket, headset, both wheel hubs). The frame had a lot of surface chips and scrapes so I sanded those parts, primed, and touched up with some blue paint, the idea being to preserve as much of the original finish as possible. Itís not a great match, but itís close.

Frame:
Double butted Reynolds steel throughout (frame, stays, forks)
Simplex dropouts (ďfish-mouthĒ fork drop outs ID this as a US market TDF)
22 inch/56cm seat tube measured center to top
22 inch/56cm top tube measured center to center
Totally straight, no rust or cracks, very, very minor dent (barely noticeable) on top tube
Typical delicate French paint so lots of touch up to protect the metal and preserve as much of the original finish as possible, not pretty, but not terrible either
Chrome in great shape
Rear hanger was modified to handle the Campy RD and has a threaded insert-type thing going on


Components:
Campagnolo Nuovo Record front and rear derailleurs (Pat 84 on RD)
Campagnolo shifters (Valentino? Gran Sport?)
Campagnolo downtube cable clamp
MAFAC Racer brake calipers
Weinmann drilled brake handles
Pivo stem and handlebars, fresh light gray bar tape
Turbo saddle on a lightweight fluted aluminum seat post (I think Kalloy)
Stronglight 93 crank 42/52 tooth
Stronglight headset
Original French rear cog (14 Ė 26 tooth)
Generic pedals


Wheelset:
Mavic Module E2 double-eyeletted rims
Normandy Luxe Competition front hub (110mm spacing)
Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo (Gran Sport) rear hub (120mm spacing)
Forte 700c x 25 tires with lots of life left
At my asking price Iíll throw in the matching Campy Tipo front hub that wouldíve been original to the bike, I can rebuild the front wheel with the matching hub if thatís a dealbreaker. If we go this route, Iíd like to keep the Normandy Luxe.

Pricing:
Asking $385.00 $345.00+ plus shipping
At my ask Iíll throw in the matching front Campagnolo hub (pictured)
I can do frame + HS, BB also
Shipping via shipbikes.com or bikeflights


Thanks for your interest. Please feel free to ask any questions.










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Old 11-28-20, 04:06 AM
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Old 11-28-20, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by TrboDieselPwrd View Post
Early/Mid 1970’s Gitane Professional Tour de France

TD ; LR :
Fully rehabbed/sympathetically restored/preserved
Reynolds 531 double-butted lightweight frame, significant touch-up

22 inch/56cm seat tube measured center to top
22 inch/56cm top tube measured center to center
Mix of original and upgraded (Campagnolo, Weinmann) parts
Converted to Mavic Module E2 clincher 700c
Asking $385 + shipping
Can do frame + HS, BB also


Story:
Selling because I’ve discovered that 58cm seat tubes are a little more comfortable for me. Everything was stripped down, cleaned, polished, re-greased (bottom bracket, headset, both wheel hubs). The frame had a lot of surface chips and scrapes so I sanded those parts, primed, and touched up with some blue paint, the idea being to preserve as much of the original finish as possible. It’s not a great match, but it’s close.

Frame:
Double butted Reynolds steel throughout (frame, stays, forks)
Simplex dropouts (“fish-mouth” fork drop outs ID this as a US market TDF)
22 inch/56cm seat tube measured center to top
22 inch/56cm top tube measured center to center
Totally straight, no rust or cracks, very, very minor dent (barely noticeable) on top tube
Typical delicate French paint so lots of touch up to protect the metal and preserve as much of the original finish as possible, not pretty, but not terrible either
Chrome in great shape
Rear hanger was modified to handle the Campy RD and has a threaded insert-type thing going on


Components:
Campagnolo Nuovo Record front and rear derailleurs (Pat 84 on RD)
Campagnolo shifters (Valentino? Gran Sport?)
Campagnolo downtube cable clamp
MAFAC Racer brake calipers
Weinmann drilled brake handles
Pivo stem and handlebars, fresh light gray bar tape
Turbo saddle on a lightweight fluted aluminum seat post (I think Kalloy)
Stronglight 93 crank 42/52 tooth
Stronglight headset
Original French rear cog (14 – 26 tooth)
Generic pedals


Wheelset:
Mavic Module E2 double-eyeletted rims
Normandy Luxe Competition front hub (110mm spacing)
Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo (Gran Sport) rear hub (120mm spacing)
Forte 700c x 25 tires with lots of life left
At my asking price I’ll throw in the matching Campy Tipo front hub that would’ve been original to the bike, I can rebuild the front wheel with the matching hub if that’s a dealbreaker. If we go this route, I’d like to keep the Normandy Luxe.

Pricing:
Asking $385.00 + plus shipping
At my ask I’ll throw in the matching front Campagnolo hub (pictured)
I can do frame + HS, BB also
Shipping via shipbikes.com or bikeflights


Thanks for your interest. Please feel free to ask any questions.








I own a 58 center to center (59/60 center to top) Gitane TdF which is a little larger than I like. Heck if this were a 56 center to center, that would be a perfect size; 56 center to top is a bit smaller than I like. I've had a tough time finding a 57 cm TdF.

Nice job on the rehab. This bike is very nicely fixed up.

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Old 11-29-20, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
The elusive yellow saddle!
Yes it is! It fits the retro-mod Team Renault theme that this bike accidentally took on.

Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I own a 58 center to center (59/60 center to top) Gitane TdF which is a little larger than I like. Heck if this were a 56 center to center, that would be a perfect size; 56 center to top is a bit smaller than I like. I've had a tough time finding a 57 cm TdF.

Nice job on the rehab. This bike is very nicely fixed up.
Thank you. I was planning for this to be a keeper. It seems we're on the same boat for sizing -- a 57cm would probably be ideal but I've only ever found 58cm and this one here. Gitane sizing seems to vary so hopefully one of these pops up for you at some point!
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Old 12-04-20, 12:38 PM
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Giving this a weekend bump. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.
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Old 12-08-20, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by onyerleft View Post
Oh man, it kills me when a bike appears that is my size but I can't afford it because of some external circumstance. I still have unknown lawn tractor repair expenses but that's no longer an issue with all the snow on the ground, who's going to be mowing their lawn anyway? The real concern is having Christmas approaching with a large extended family that I have to buy gifts for. I can't stand many of my cousins - real A-holes if you ask me - but I have to pretend I like them and buy gifts for them that take money out of my pocket that could be used to buy vintage bikes, frames and parts. Life sucks sometimes.
Sorry to hear about that, hope the holidays are as cringe-free as possible for you!

FWIW, I have some wiggle room on the price if that helps. I was hoping to move this bike before the holidays.
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Originally Posted by TrboDieselPwrd View Post
Sorry to hear about that, hope the holidays are as cringe-free as possible for you!

FWIW, I have some wiggle room on the price if that helps. I was hoping to move this bike before the holidays.
Don't get your hopes up. onyerleft is a one-dimensional troll who loves the thought of getting a lawn mover one day. Look up his posts, or don't.
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Don't get your hopes up. onyerleft is a one-dimensional troll who loves the thought of getting a lawn mover one day. Look up his posts, or don't.
Thanks. Fortunately my hopes were pretty low to begin with, haha.

I thought this would get more attention than it has, but it's also winter, holiday season, etc. I'll lower the price and then consider parting it out afterwards -- realize that waiting for spring would probably get me more favorable results but I need the space more than anything else.
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
The elusive yellow saddle!
I'd yank the saddle and sell separately! I have one already and have been offered good money for it. Throw on a black saddle and replace hoods on bike w/ black ones and it may even move for current price.
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For All - Gitane Frame Sizes

Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I own a 58 center to center (59/60 center to top) Gitane TdF which is a little larger than I like. Heck if this were a 56 center to center, that would be a perfect size; 56 center to top is a bit smaller than I like. I've had a tough time finding a 57 cm TdF.

Nice job on the rehab. This bike is very nicely fixed up.
Gitane like MOST Euro bike makers measured their frame sizes Center to Top until the hyena slopping top tube bikes came along.



During the 70's, Gitanes came in 50cm, 54cm, 57cm, 60cm, 62cm and 64cm size frames - "NOMINAL MEASUREMENTS". (19 1/2", 21 1/2", 22 1/2", 23 1/2", 24 1/2" and 25 1/2" Nominal Sizes).

I have a 1972 57cm C-to-T all Campy Gitane Super Corsa that I haven't ridden in a number of years. Thinning out the herd, yada, yada, yada.

I generally wouldn't part out a complete originally equipped bike but for someone who has all the right components and just needs a frame I'd make an exception.


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