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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.
Thanks
LH
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