[CR]Mystery Gitane

Example: Production Builders

Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2002 11:40:41 +0800
From: Jack McFarren <jmcfarr@softcom.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]Mystery Gitane

Another thrift shop mystery. I recently picked up a 70's era Gitane for $25 at Purple Heart. I'd like to know more about it. It's a well-worn forest green with chromed crown and fork ends. It's lugged and appears quite light. The decals are silver and barely readable. I can make out the words "Interclub" and "Service" on the downtube. Also on the downtube decal, it says "Champion" and I believe "Course." I can also make out the word "Course" on the the top tube. It has Dura-Ace brakes, bottom bracket, hubs and freewheel, plus Suntour Superbe Derailleurs. The Suntour components are almost certainly aftermarket. I don't know about the Dura-Ace stuff. The frame and components are in good shape. I need help in deciding whether I keep it as is or strip the frame for the components. Thanks.