Re: [CR]Another Gitane question


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From: "James A Narlesky" <jim@alandavid.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>, "Roy H. Drinkwater" <roydrink@mac.com>
References: <20020103.102556.-247321.2.grisha2@juno.com> <a0510030ab85a31991e9d@[192.168.1.1]>
Subject: Re: [CR]Another Gitane question
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 09:08:09 -0800


Roy,

I have a catalog at home, and my memory is not great. If we don't get the definitive answer today I'll report tomorrow. That being said the "Tour de France" was the second model down and it was comparable to the Peugeot PX-10. Sometimes however, they would come with Campy Nuevo Tipo hubs instead of the Maillard. I have a 25" example in my garage. The top of the line model, "The Name Escapes Me" had Campy Nuevo Record, but I'm not sure about the brakes perhaps they had two (2) options. IMHO (or IMWO) these bikes appeared to be better finished than the Peugeots. I am not talking about the paint, but rather the brazing. Perhaps it is easier to braze the Prugnat style lugs than Nervex? The stays on my bike are nicely, except the treatment of the cap for the seat stays. The workmanship on the seat stays is fine, but the style seems odd to me. It is half way between being plain like a Schwinn Paramount and crimped.

Regards,

Jim " I like foil stickers" Narlesky San Jose, CA


----- Original Message -----
From: Roy H. Drinkwater
To: classic list
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 8:38 AM
Subject: [CR]Another Gitane question



> Now that we're thinking about these, I recall a friend who
> worked for the Niagara Falls, NY Gitane dealer in 1970-72. He had
> the racing model with sewups and Campagnolo groupo, probably Gran
> Sport or Nuovo Record. What was the name of that almost
> top-of-the-line model, the 'Tour de France' perhaps? Any photos on
> the web, besides, of course,
> http://www.classicrendezvous.com/France/Gitane.htm?
>
> Roy "Oui, I've got a French bike" Drinkwater
>
>
> Steven M. Johnson wrote:
>
> >Some nice photos, including the famous foil stickers of a Gitane
> >Interclub on ebay:
> >
> >http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1056545535#DESC
> >
> >What a piece of bike boom history!