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Restoring a 75 Champion du Monde 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:31 pm   Subject: Gitane decals
gman309905
 
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I can also recommend Cyclomondo for Gitane decals, the mans name is Greg Softly and I have purchased decals from him several times. http://cyclomondo.net/page35.htm If you would like to see an ...
 
Restoring a 75 Champion du Monde 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:01 am   Subject: chrome refinishing
gman309905
 
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the only way I know of to improve on the finish would be to have it re-chromed. To keep what you have I would suggest a good car wax. You say you do not want to paint it but a clear coat would probabl ...
 
need help identifying my new gitane 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:54 am   Subject: stuck stem
gman309905
 
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Your stem may be seized because of the chemical reaction between the steel and aluminium, I would suggest trying vinegar to dissolve the oxidation and free the stem. WD-40 is a penetrating oil and is ...
 
Recent Purchase - Freewheel Question 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:50 pm   Subject: freewheel
gman309905
 
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My advice is don't do it, freewheels were not made to be rebuilt, you would be better off purchasing a new old stock freewheel or checking out IRD, interlock racing designs , a company that still manu ...
 
(Updated) Mid 70's TDF build - Complete 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 3:36 pm   Subject: (Updated) Mid 70's TDF build - Complete
gman309905
 
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Wheels, I would look for a good set of alloy wheels, with alloy hubs. Those steel wheels and hubs are heavy.
Freewheel, you might be able to find a six speed freewheel with the same width as a five s ...
 
Spindle replacement 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:14 pm   Subject: local bike shop
gman309905
 
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Don't know if you care to try an out of state shop, but we have a bicycle shop here in Pittsburgh called Kraynicks. The owners name is Jerry. He runs the place out of a three story residence that is l ...
 
Restoring my 71' Orange Tall Frame Gran Sport Deluxe 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:31 pm   Subject: brakes and freewheels
gman309905
 
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your brake calipers are center pulls, if your not getting equal pull your springs may need replaced or you might have to tear down and clean the caliper so nothing is binding and keeping the arms from ...
 
Restoring my 71' Orange Tall Frame Gran Sport Deluxe 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:40 am   Subject: seat post
gman309905
 
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A little grease on the seat post keeps it from freezing up with the frame. As long as the seat post you wish to use is the right diameter the color is entirely up to you. The seat post clamps you have ...
 
Restoring my 71' Orange Tall Frame Gran Sport Deluxe 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:00 pm   Subject: decals, parts, refinishing
gman309905
 
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decals are available from Greg Softly at Cyclomondo, http://cyclomondo.net/page35.htm or velocals, https://www.velocals.com
French thread sealed bearing bottom brackets are available from velo oran ...
 
In search of fork 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:10 am   Subject: In search of fork
gman309905
 
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There is a seller on ebay,called velorepair out of Brooklyn NY has a nice all chrome 27" fork for sale. ebay item number 121360272204. sells for eighty bucks, free shipping
 
Somewhat off topic but relevant - Story on Carbon bikes 
PostForum: Pro Racing - Classics/Giro/Tour....   Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:37 am   Subject: weight is irrelevant
gman309905
 
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presently tipping the scales at 260 lbs I am not brave enough to venture out on a carbon frame, I'll stick with steel, makes me feel a lot safer.
 
Faux Tour de France frame on eBay 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:19 am   Subject: small world
gman309905
 
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I grew up not too far away, Over in Mt Lebanon, some of the hills were pretty steep there . used to ride a twenty inch rollfast spyder bike everywhere
 
Faux Tour de France frame on eBay 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:07 am   Subject: southhills
gman309905
 
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those pictures of the street you grew up on look kinda familiar to me, I'm guessing Brookline, maybe Beechview. anywhere close ?
 
Faux Tour de France frame on eBay 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:20 am   Subject: something not quite right
gman309905
 
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I also saw that frame, I was pretty sure it was not a gitane but I would not be able to identify it as a peugot. Too short for me anyway
 
help identify please... 
PostForum: Vintage Gitane   Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 5:16 pm   Subject: saddle
gman309905
 
Replies: 24
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By all means, get out and ride. You will quickly discover if you want to keep your present saddle or find something that will suit your particular anatomy
 
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