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Old 07-20-19, 04:01 PM
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Gitane Interclub...

A fellow I know (and who knew me) told me a few years ago that he had an old bike looking for a good home and he just now dropped it off. I am not partial to Gitane bikes, having had several with crappy plastic-bodied Simplex derailleurs with crappy bendy black plastic Simplex gear change levers.
This one has lots of Japanese parts (Sugino chain rings and Sugino Maxy cranks, Suntour GT derailleur) and has a Brooks Professional saddle, PIVO stem, and French Mafac brakes - and Mavic tubulars on Normandy hubs. If he can find the clinchers, he will drop them off....

Seems like a decent bike, but dirty and I have started cutting the thick, heavy dirty handlebar wrapper off to expose the bars so I can redo the tape..

Is the Japanese stuff stock or did it get rebuilt ??
Any idea of what year it was built ??

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The frame, judging by the decals, looks to be pre-1974 so the Japanese components are later additions, including the Brooks saddle. Suspect that the previous owner(s) didn’t care for the Simplex derailleurs and shifters that we’re OEM for that era.
The frame looks to be in very good condition and that orange is quite popular - it has softened into a nice color and patina. Good rims and if the saddle is still comfortable, you may have a nice bike that just needs some cleanup.
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Ouch! Missed the kickstand earlier. I would remove that right away. You may need to do some corrosion control where the kickstand was in contact with the frame. Light sanding and color matching the orange at a body shop will arm you with the right stuff to cover bare metal. A little polish and wax will do it right!
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Ptretty sure the bike is a 75 and secondary export ie Canadian so nearly anything is possible since Gitane like Moto used parts fro nearly all makers on the cheap to keep costs down meat production at this time they do not actually spec specific components on the Interclub which was offered with 27 's or tubis like a lot of French bikes at the time. If you got one on order you just kinda what ever they shipped.
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Nice bike. I had one similar vintage. It came with the Sugino crank. French pedal threads too. And sew-ups were standard. The Interclub was meant as an introductory racing bike. And Gitane orange is quite unique, very french.

Cool handlebar waterbottle cage too.
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1973 was final year for this transfer set

are bottom bracket cups black oxide finish?

if chainset original to cycle would expect the chrome plated Sugino BB cups

inner face of crank arms is marked with a date code

Date of Manufacture of Bicycle Components can be used to date a bike: component dating


by 1975 the Interclub was coming through with the Huret "honeycomb" dropouts

& Verot TS cahinset

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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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1973 was final year for this transfer set

are bottom bracket cups black oxide finish?

if chainset original to cycle would expect the chrome plated Sugino BB cups

inner face of crank arms is marked with a date code

Date of Manufacture of Bicycle Components can be used to date a bike: component dating


by 1975 the Interclub was coming through with the Huret "honeycomb" dropouts

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BB cups are chromed and the markings on the crank arms is "Forged 171 M14"

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Rear brake cable bridge would date frame toward early 1970s.
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Nice find. I have a special like for most French bikes. Anyway...

I really can't remember the details of finding this Inter Club but I believe it is pretty much wearing original issue components, with the exception being the after market saddle. The OPs, with the Japanese stuff is likely later seventies. I believe that the French were the first, or close to the first, to adopt the Asian version of bicycle technology. Less expensive? Worked better? Who knows, but this early seventies one is French all the way, as nearly as I can tell...


And why is it in such nicely preserved condition...
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I'm thinking early 70s; the Sugino Maxy is probably the stock crankset, as Gitane shifted from cottered steel to the modestly-priced Maxy to cut weight and make it more competitive. The SunTour derailleurs are probably aftermarket, but they were inexpensive and readily available and worked better than anything else - that was my rationale when I replaced the Simplex stuff on my department store West German "Brownie" with comparable SunTour stuff. The Interclub was apparently built with a variety of tubesets, and was apparently always on the light end of gaspipe back when. I would suggest cleaning and lubing and repacking and adjusting everything and riding it - the Interclub is allegedly like a Raleigh Super Course in terms of "punching above its weight." I keep hoping to score an Interclub cheap and in my size someday ...
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The frame looks to be in very good condition and that orange is quite popular - it has softened into a nice color and patina.
They do like orange...

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Thanks very much for this larger format image!

Hubs look to be New Star.

1971 was final year the Atom 440 had this alloy dustcap with the slot.

This generation of Prestige shift lever launched 1970-71 so that brackets date closely.

Arrestors present as mixed kit:

MAFAC levers with blue hood on drive side and black hood on NDS. Is blue hood a replacement?

CLB Racer front caliper and Weinmann 750 rear caliper.

CLB front hanger.

Lever covers/sleeves appear Rampinelli (REG).

This combination of brake bits offers the rider no quick release.


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