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Gitane TDFmcteague
Nov 2, 2002 3:39 PM
Talk about a trip down memory lane. I wanted one of these so badly as a youth. My first 10 speed was a Raleigh Gran Prix and when that got swiped I bought a Gitane Interclub. I now ride a Seven Axiom but seeing this picture made gave me a real twinge of nostalgia. Guess that means I'm getting old!

Tim McTeague
re: Gitane TDFmcteague
Nov 2, 2002 3:40 PM
Doh!!! Here is the image.

Yup, that's definitely a classic roadbike ...Humma Hah
Nov 2, 2002 3:55 PM
... the only possible improvement would be if it were a fixie.

If I were not so hung-up on Kaptain Kangaroo bikes, one of those would have been a very welcome addition to my stable, instead of the Paramount.
Shhh ! Don't let the Paramount hear you...nmrwbadley
Nov 2, 2002 9:44 PM
That's why I post from here at work ...Humma Hah
Nov 3, 2002 3:51 PM
... the 'Mount is hanging on the garage wall at home. And the last time it was in service, the internet was only a connection system between mainframe computers.

The cruiser, OTOH, is quite savvy about these things, is here at work with me, and probably checks. The cruiser has watched the internet develop from the early '70's.
re: Gitane TDFmapei boy
Nov 4, 2002 12:13 PM
Son of a Gun... My first good bike was a Gitane TdF. I bought it in college - UC Santa Barbara. It got me in shape. Instead of studying, I'd ride it up the San Marcos Pass. Very comfortable.
re: Gitane TDFAllez Rouge
Nov 4, 2002 12:54 PM
Oh, man. Memory lane is right.

My first good "10 speed," after a couple Schwinn Varsitys (one with fenders, one w/o) was a Gitane TdF, bought new circa 1973. I lived in Anchorage at the time and as I recall it cost me exactly $285. (Does that sound right?) It was a burnt orange color, with chrome lower fork legs and bottom half of the rear triangle like the one in this photo.

I'd give at least $285 to have that bike back. Hell, I'd probably give more than that.
re: Gitane TDFmapei boy
Nov 4, 2002 2:24 PM
Hail and good fortune, Monsieur Rouge! Mine was dark blue. I bought it in North Hollywood CA in 1972 for $250. I sold a Martin 12 string guitar to get up the money (an exchange, by the way, I've never regretted for an instant).

However, as for wanting the thing back, I have to report I'm no retro-grouch. The aluminum Colnago Dream-Campy 10 speed I bought in 2000 is so much better than any of my former bikes, it's nothin' funny. I just got back from a lunchtime ride on my mid-1980's Somec Columbus SL, with Campy Nuovo record (my current "office bike"). Yes, it glides along sweetly in a nicely nostalgic vein, but in every parameter other than the sheer silence of the thing, the Colnago whips it good. Not only is the Colnago faster, it's also more stable, softer-riding and more forgiving. I have much more fun on it. I'm much more fearless. Yeah, I like the old bikes, but when I ride the Colnago, nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
Gitane madness!look271
Nov 19, 2002 10:42 AM
I, too, am fixated on them. I didn't have the TdF, though. Not sure even what model it was. All that I know that it was probably around '74 or '75 that I bought it (with $$ saved from delivering the morning paper). Baby blue, lugged frame with Suntour components and gold brazeing at the lugs. Sigh..... It was so much better than my friend's varsities. I'm working on getting another Gitane, a little newer though.
Here's one for you!look271
Nov 29, 2002 11:18 AM
Just saw it on e-bay. Don't know what size you are, but here she is; Pic looks like it's in decent shape. It's too big for me =(