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Help date my Gitane(6 posts)

Help date my GitaneLH
Nov 13, 2003 3:49 PM
Anyone have any info on this Gitane I picked out of the attic of the LBS? "Racing Team" decal on right chainstay, few other identifiers. Check out the rear dropouts.
First ask it out...wspokes
Nov 14, 2003 4:47 AM
Get some close ups of the areas like the rear dropouts if you can. What parts are on it? They would help identify year also...
re: Help date my Gitaneeddie m
Nov 14, 2003 5:41 AM
The centerpull brakes and clips holding the brake cable to the top tube make it mid-to-late 70's. The brake levers and maybe the crank were probably added later. Where are the shift levers?
Does it have shifters installed?Walter
Nov 16, 2003 5:36 AM
I agree that it looks like a mid-70s bike with some maybe 1980s parts installed later. If it's sat in the LBS that long parts were probably lifted from time to time. I can't tell for sure with the picture but I don't see a rear derailleur cable. What decals are on the bike?
Does it have shifters installed?LH
Nov 18, 2003 2:03 PM
The bike had Simplex clamp on downtube shifters, rear and front derailleurs and Mafac centerpull brakes. The shifters and derailleurs came off to create my single speed project and I just replaced the centerpulls with a set of Tektro long reach calipers. No other decals (ie. Columbus, Reynolds)on the bike aside from the "Gitane" decals. Will post a close up of the rear drop outs.
Close up of rear drop outLH
Nov 18, 2003 6:02 PM