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ISO 73' TDF Fork 
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:00 pm Reply with quote
aaceve7
Joined: 08 Dec 2014
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Location: Chicago
Hello! I recently got into an accident with my 73' TDF and bent the fork (someone turned left in front of me). I would love to replace it with as close to the original as possible. The frame is 58cm and from the best of my knowledge it is a 1973. It's been heavily customized over the years, but it previously was orange with foil decals. I have not had any luck on ebay or craigslist. Any help would be appreciated. If you need more information let me know and I'll try my best to provide it.






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Re: ISO 73' TDF Fork 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:07 am Reply with quote
verktyg
Joined: 14 Jan 2007
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Location: SF Bay Area
aaceve7 wrote:
Hello! I recently got into an accident with my 73' TDF and bent the fork (someone turned left in front of me). I would love to replace it with as close to the original as possible. The frame is 58cm and from the best of my knowledge it is a 1973. It's been heavily customized over the years, but it previously was orange with foil decals. I have not had any luck on ebay or craigslist. Any help would be appreciated. If you need more information let me know and I'll try my best to provide it.








Welcome to the now pretty much dead Forum. The action has moved to Facebook but since I don't do social media, I don't go there.

To answer your question, it looks like your fork can be straightened and may not need to be replaced.

During the 1970's Gitane unlike Peugeot and Motobecane used butted Nervor brand steerers that were decent quality.



A good frame builder or shop with a fork jig should be able to straighten the steerer and realign the forks.

The crown race seat will need to be refaced so that its perpendicular to the steerer.

I'd look into that route first.

You could also try contacting Wayne Bingham, he had some replacement Gitane 531 forks:

Wayne Bingham
Velo Classique
100 East 'O' Street
Purcellville, VA 20132 USA
540-338-8376

Good luck,

Chas.

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