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My old 80's Gitane racer just found in the garage! 
PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:23 pm Reply with quote
GITANE80
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Hello,
my name is jason and I found this great site surfing, I was wondering if anyone can help me with some information on a my child hood bike?
My child was asking what that was in my garage so we took it out and found my old beloved racer!
Its a small racer for kids and I remeber getting this about 10 years old around the 1984-85 circa. So about 24 years old I think?
I've looked at the catalog and the closest one was back in 83' same colour and thats where the simularities end.
This was for sale in the European market in the UK.
Hope you can help me restore this bike via suggestions as I would love to give this to my son on his 10th birthday.

Here are the pictures enjoy much fun on this as a kid!
I still have the front wheel took it before I took the pictures the forks are not bent at all, but do they come off so I can re chrome the wheels?












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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:18 pm Reply with quote
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Jason,

Welcome to the forum. Nice bike and great to find it again.

The bike looks to be in good condition, and original too. My thoughts would be to simply give it some love and attention, polish and then a ride for all those memories to come back. I'm sure it will clean up well.

The saddle looks to be too low on the frame, perhaps it's crushed over the saddle bracket. I'm not sure from the shot.

Thanks for the post.

Tim

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:39 am Reply with quote
GITANE80
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Gtane wrote:
Jason,

Welcome to the forum. Nice bike and great to find it again.

The bike looks to be in good condition, and original too. My thoughts would be to simply give it some love and attention, polish and then a ride for all those memories to come back. I'm sure it will clean up well.

The saddle looks to be too low on the frame, perhaps it's crushed over the saddle bracket. I'm not sure from the shot.

Thanks for the post.

Tim

Hello Tim thank you for the welcome happy I'm not alone here LOL.
My plans are to clean her up the best I can and chrome up any bits that has pitted. Then give this to my lad (8 old) as itís a junior ride and hence the seat looks low as I had very small legs back in the early 80's.
I'll update this thread as I go along. I felt it was time to bring back some memories from the past.
Thanks again for the welcome mate.
Jay
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:23 pm Reply with quote
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What a neat bike. I would love to give one of those to my kid...

Before you plan on getting all of the chrome redone, look into the costs. It can be expensive. You can clean most of the chrome very well using copper wool. Then put some car wax on to prevent further damage. Works well, and won't cost you a ton!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:56 pm Reply with quote
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Great idea to pass on your bike son. Lucky guy.

Enjoy refurbishing and do post shots when complete.

Tim

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Need some help to source a part! 
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:42 pm Reply with quote
GITANE80
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Hi guys I'm just about to start restoring the bike for my 8year old she is old enough to ride this now, but I've got some problems I having difficulty sourcing a chain guard its a three bolt piece and center bore is 3" apart and outer diameter can be 6" or 7".
Hope someone has one just lying around? Long shot!
Thanks
Jay

PS second to last pic above my post!
By the way the bike is a Junior Grand Prix 1980.

Parts ordered already
Lyotard 136R pedals NOS
2 x Schwalbe 20X1 1/8-1 3/8 (500A) Tube Presta SV7A - Black
Michelin 500 x28 A tan wall tyres NOS
Might have to chrome the rims not to great!
Nos 1982 Weinmann Brake Pads Blocks
Vintage Huret Rear Derailleur NOS
Weinmann brakes TYPE 73 model 730's NOS
Izumi 1/2 sliver chain new

Still looking for Sella junior Itallia seat
Possibly two rims 2 X 20" rims 28x 500A RIGIDA SUPERCHROMIX
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:17 am Reply with quote
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I'm getting there and she cleaned up quite nicely! Rebuilt the derailleur and brakes.












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Except for a few parts she is getting there! 
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:52 am Reply with quote
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Well I decided not to powder coat the bike or re-chrome as this cleaned up nicely so far waiting upon a few parts but essentially she is almost finished!
Lost some fine threaded bolts to mount the wheels, but through hard digging found one bag that had two nuts that fitted well pitch was probably 0.75












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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:04 pm Reply with quote
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Glad to see you back after all these years! Nice job restoring your bike, too!! Want to come over and clean mine Wink

Can't wait to see the finished product! Cool

MD
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:52 pm Reply with quote
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Thanks Dave its nearly finished, but currently at a pro builders getting the once over for tweaks as its being set up for my daughter.
But she looks like this at the mo!



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:58 pm Reply with quote
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Awesome rebuild! Great job!

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Sehr Gut ! 
PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:59 pm Reply with quote
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I'd like to Echo Stephan's comment: Nice job with all the time and "elbow grease" to make this recovery. Looks Great !!

I Like Steel !!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:04 am Reply with quote
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I am sure you know this, but that saddle doesn't look like it will work.

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Finished got emotional my daughter rode it and loves it! 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:33 pm Reply with quote
GITANE80
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Thanks guys for the comments I struggling to work out what length bike pump to fit you can see the picture something used to be there.
Would it sit on the two lower bars and just hook at that tip end because I'm struggling to work out the size and diameter that will fit correctly the question is 11" or 12" bike pump its 11" from the crank bar and 12" from that lower flat end with the circle?
Between the two frame bars is about 20mm apart!









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Kickstand ??? 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:08 pm Reply with quote
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My guess is the metal between the stays is to mount a kickstand----I like using TOPEAK brand "master blaster" road frame pumps----they spring load to fit in front of the seat tube ----at least that is were I place mine.

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