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The Gitane single speed is finally done(9 posts)

The Gitane single speed is finally donechopper
Nov 22, 2002 10:25 AM
I bought this Gitane Tour de France frame and fork off Ebay several weeks ago. This is my first single speed bike since I was a tot wearing underoos. Hell, when I was seven I already had a 3-speed Raleigh Chopper.

I used many old parts I had lying around and also got some new schwag. Here are the specs:

Reynolds 531 Gitane TDF frame/fork
New Mavic MA-3 rear rim with old Dura-ace hub
Mavic Open Pro front rim with Chorus hub (borrowed from my road bike).
Old Avocet triple crank, using the middle 42T ring
BMX freewheel 17T Cog on rear.
Cinelli Giro d' Italia 1" bar/stem combo
Shimano Sante levers
Stronglight headset and BB
Old long reach Gran Compe rear brake
New Shimano 505 long reach front brake
Old Mavic Look compatible pedals
Old Sella San Marco Concor saddle
New 26.4mm seatpost. I called every bike store within 20 miles of me and couldn't find one in stock. So, I naturally checked Ebay(after some links provided by Dave H.) and there was one for sale for a BMX bike and guess what? The first BMX store I called had one!


Thanks to all who's posts I read which enabled me to build this bike.

Not a great picture.
Very well done..........Dave Hickey
Nov 22, 2002 10:39 AM
Have you taken it for it's virgin ride yet? Just curious, is your chainline OK using the middle ring? I'm not familar with triple cranks
Yep, took it for a ride before I even put the Bar tape on.chopper
Nov 22, 2002 11:00 AM
The chainline is perfect using the middle ring. I think I just got lucky as the crank was the last thing I really decided to use on the bike. I was originally going to use an old Ultegra crank but with triple cranks I think they look cooler because they have extra drill holes for the third ring, which just looks cool.

Its now my commuter bike. Fenders will be the last touch.

I'm still deciding on whether to put a computer on it.
Nice bike, but it wants a track cog, nmeddie m
Nov 22, 2002 2:55 PM
Nice bike!look271
Nov 22, 2002 4:15 PM
What size is it? I just bought a Gitane off e-bay for $5.51! It will be my "new" fixte. I have a Bianchi but I'm not sure what to do with it......maybe I'll have an Italian and French fixte!
Its a 60cm with a 57cm top tube and rides surprisingly wellchopper
Nov 22, 2002 8:34 PM
I'm happy with it but sure didn't get as good a deal as you!
Hey LOOK271, Did the seller agree to ship the bike? nmDave Hickey
Nov 23, 2002 5:06 AM
Nov 23, 2002 7:37 AM
I contacted several of the "million" =) bike shops in Denver and all but 1 agreed to ship, so she will be shipping it today (Saturday). Can't wait to get it. Not sure what I'l do with it yet, though. I'll have to check the componentry. It will probably end up being a fixte.
re: The Gitane single speed is finally doneTig
Nov 23, 2002 12:37 PM
...The fork looks like it is bent back near the crown a little. It's most likely just a deceptive photo though.

It sounds like you set it up nicely. I'm sure it has a smooth velvet ride. 531 tubing with a relaxed geometry is good for that! Enjoy!!!