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For Sale: 54cm 1969 Gitane Tour de France 
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:56 pm Reply with quote
verktyg
Joined: 14 Jan 2007
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Location: SF Bay Area
1969 Gitane Tour de France 54cm Center to Top.

I bought this bike from an LBS in December, 2008. They sold it new in 1969 and had serviced it during the 1970's and 80's.

It was a "barn bike" that had been sitting in storage for at least 20 years and had a thick layer of crud on it. See first picture below.

I stripped it down to the bare frame, checked the alignment, refaced the BB, head tube an fork plus reamed and honed the seat tube and replaced all the bearings with loose grade 25 chrome steel balls.

The rims and hubs were polished and the hubs overhauled. All of the other parts were polished and lubed too.

Everything is original except for a Simplex seatpost and Simplex Competition front derailleur (as used on Peugeot PX-10s), Ideale 80 saddle, 45cm wide Nitto bars, new cables and housing plus sewup tires.

The chrome is very good but the paint was rough. I did a lot of touch up so it passes the 5 or 10 foot test. Wink

54 cm Center to Top all Reynolds 531 frame with butted main tubes
Simplex forged dropouts with a "horn" on the left rear
Stronglight P3 headset
Pivo stem - modified for safety
New Nitto 45cm wide bars
Stronglight 93 cranks with choice of chainrings.
Normandy Competition Luxe hubs with Mavic sewup rims.
13-28T 5 speed Atom FW
MAFAC Dural Forge brakes
Simplex Criterium RD, Competition FD
Lyotard 460D pedals
Simplex seatpost
Ideale 80 saddle in usable condition.

$550 local pick up or free delivery in the San Francisco Bay area.

$600 plus shipping via BikeFlights or your choice.

The bike is available for test riding for interested locals.

See notes under the pictures in my Flickr album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28267220@N05/albums/72157623681212186/with/4458847190/

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Private message me if interested, thanks.

Chas.


Last edited by verktyg on Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:36 am; edited 6 times in total

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SF Bay Area, CA USA
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1984 Criterium
1969 TdF
1971 TdF
1974 TdF
1984 TdF x 2 Bikes
1970 SC
1971 SC
1972 SC
1984 SC
1984 Team Pro
1985 Professional
1990s Team Replica
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:31 am Reply with quote
verktyg
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Chas.
SF Bay Area, CA USA
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1984 Criterium
1969 TdF
1971 TdF
1974 TdF
1984 TdF x 2 Bikes
1970 SC
1971 SC
1972 SC
1984 SC
1984 Team Pro
1985 Professional
1990s Team Replica
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:25 am Reply with quote
scozim
Joined: 26 Sep 2008
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Location: Ellensburg, WA
As always, a well put together bike, Chas.

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1984 Gitane Sprint
1984 Gitane Tour de France
mid-1970's Gitane Olympic
Plus many more
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:50 am Reply with quote
bsacco
Joined: 19 Jun 2012
Posts: 6
Location: United States
When you say, "Pivo stem - modified for safety " what did you do exactly?
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