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Gitane Tour De France - Reynolds 531 Frame(4 posts)

Gitane Tour De France - Reynolds 531 Frameredtruck
Aug 1, 2002 9:59 AM
I have a Gitane Tour De France from about 1975 I believe. I'm just asking the group for some estimates on what it might be worth. Some things I know about it are:

TA Crank - pedal holes bored out to fit Look pedal shafts

Frame - some slight rust on the top and around the shifters. Size is 23".

Saddle - Ideale leather saddle

Handlebars and Stem - original French a little weathered

Drivetrain - Suntour

Brakes - Mavica

Wheels - not sure, Weinmann I think, probably not original and nothing special

I bought the bike from a collector 5 years ago, and rode it for a year until I bought a Cannondale with STI etc. Its got that 70's smooth ride feel, but the frame is pretty darn flexy at fast speeds, especially being a large size!!

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
I have a 76 Gitane TDFDave Hickey
Aug 1, 2002 4:41 PM
I rescued mine from a trash bin. Mine has similar components except I have a Stronglight crankset. IMHO, older French bikes have a limited market appeal because of their French threading. Unless someone is looking to restore the bike, it's very difficlt to upgrade to newer components because of the French BB and headset. Don't get me wrong, I have 6 French bikes, it's just that the market is limited compared to Italian or English bikes of the same era. If you're not familar with Classic Rendezvous, check them out. They have a lot of French fans and pretty good info on the website.

The link is www.classicrendezvous.com
re: Gitane Tour De France - Reynolds 531 FrameWalter
Aug 1, 2002 5:17 PM
Of the French marques the Gitane TdF is one of the more collectable. The Peugeot PX10 is #1 but the Gitane probably #2 unless you get into the very rare such as Herse.

Not having original components hurts collectability. You mentioned the wheels and I wonder about the ST shifters. How are the decals? Also, I've seen silly $ spent on selected Ideale saddles.
re: Gitane Tour De France - Reynolds 531 FrameChainstay
Aug 9, 2002 7:50 PM
I watch vintage bikes on ebay. Too bad you don't have French equipment. With a Simplex Competition derailleur and Stronglight cranks a good condition bike would get $400. Otherwise maybe $250. Sheldon Brown has a lot of info on his site and so does classicrendezvous