Help Identifying a 70's? Gitane

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visrealm
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Help Identifying a 70's? Gitane

Postby visrealm » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:50 am

I picked this up from my Dad's shed. No history (unfortunately, he's not around to ask).
It looks very 70's to me, but there isn't much in the way of identifying marks.

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What I know:
It's pretty rough, but is rideable.
It was sold by Standish Cycles West Lakes SA (still has that sticker)
60cm C-T. (it's my size)
10 speed.
Huret Front, Read Derailleurs and friction DT shifters. All working well - but need new cables.
175mm Sugino Maxy crankset?
Mafac Brake levers.
Cinelli stem.
San Marco saddle.
27" Mavic rims fitted to Normandy QR hubs - They actually spin really well.
Frame has brackets on top tube for a pump.
Nothing helpful on the bottom bracket.
95526 A stamped on what I assume is a stand bracket behind the bottom bracket:
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Numbers on the rear dropout:
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Other random shots:
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My feeling is it's not worth spending much on, but given it is rideable at the moment (would probably need new cables, brake pads and tyres to make it safer. Tyres look fairly unused, but they are aged)

Any ideas?

Thanks
Troy
'14 Avanti Corsa SL Team (Roadie)
'13 Specialized Secteur Disc (Commuter)
'04 Giant Yukon (MTB)
'12 Avanti Cadent 1 - R.I.P.

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Re: Help Identifying a 70's? Gitane

Postby P!N20 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:23 am

You could trawl through the Gitane catalogues: http://velobase.com/Resource_Tools/CatalogScans.aspx

Just select Gitane in the brand field and press filter.

Looks in pretty good condition really. I reckon with a bit of elbow grease it would come up looking pretty nice.

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Re: Help Identifying a 70's? Gitane

Postby uart » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:31 am

visrealm wrote:My feeling is it's not worth spending much on, but given it is rideable at the moment (would probably need new cables, brake pads and tyres to make it safer. Tyres look fairly unused, but they are aged)

Yeah it would come up pretty nicely with just a basic clean up.

BTW. That is one long stem!

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Re: Help Identifying a 70's? Gitane

Postby uart » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:41 pm

BTW Visrealm, do you know what is the length of that stem. Have you measured it?

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Re: Help Identifying a 70's? Gitane

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:36 pm

Has a very late 70s/very early 80s feel to it. Not a high-end bike as indicated by axle-mount derailleur/crank/clamp-on shifters, but would probably resurrect very well and ride nicely.

Don't really know why but I'm feeling 1979/1980 for this. It may be one of the intermediate models like a Gypsy or something along those lines. Don't think that stem is OE however.
Mmm, SunTour

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Re: Help Identifying a 70's? Gitane

Postby visrealm » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:36 pm

Thanks all,

I think I will get it riding again. Just won't spend much on it.

uart wrote:BTW Visrealm, do you know what is the length of that stem. Have you measured it?


140mm centre to centre :shock:

Cheers
Troy
'14 Avanti Corsa SL Team (Roadie)
'13 Specialized Secteur Disc (Commuter)
'04 Giant Yukon (MTB)
'12 Avanti Cadent 1 - R.I.P.

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Re: Help Identifying a 70's? Gitane

Postby uart » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:05 pm

visrealm wrote:Thanks all,
I think I will get it riding again. Just won't spend much on it.


For a really quick and nasty clean up I just treat the rusty parts with a phosphoric acid based rust converter (I usually use the "SCA" home brand stuff), and then just shin it up with some WD40. The rust converter blackens all the red/brown rust and pacifies it. The WD40 helps pacify and seal it. Plus re-grease all the bearings.

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