Re: [CR]re: 70s Gitane Tour de France


From: "jerrymoos" <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net>
To: "David Feldman" <feldmanbike@yahoo.com>, "Russ Fitzgerald" <velocio@earthlink.net>, <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
References: <20040509154103.3081.qmail@web40709.mail.yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]re: 70s Gitane Tour de France
Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 10:57:53 -0500


That is correct, I bought a used Gitane TdF as a gift for a friend in 1973 and the crank was a Sugino Mighty. Motobecane of course used Campy derailleurs and Weinmann brakes (and Brooks saddles) on the Grand Record. Plus Motobecane and LeJeune and maybe Bertin and Follis had top models with all Campy. I think only Peugeot remained almost completely loyal to French equipment into the 80's.

Regards,

Jerry Moos
Houston, TX


----- Original Message -----
From: "David Feldman"
To: "Russ Fitzgerald" ;


<classicrendezvous@bikelist.org> Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 10:41 AM Subject: Re: [CR]re: 70s Gitane Tour de France


> IIRC the Sugino cranks were Gitane standard equipment
> @1973-74; Gitane and Motobecane were more
> international in their parts picks than Peugeot,
> Lejeune, Bertin in the same period.
> David Feldman
> Vancouver, WA
> --- Russ Fitzgerald <velocio@earthlink.net> wrote:
> > A few years back when I was messing around with
> > Peugeot PX-10s and
> > satiating once and for all an unfilled appetite from
> > my youth, I also
> > acquired a couple of Gitanes. The ones that stood
> > out were a complete
> > green TdF that was about 60cm, c-t, and a battered
> > 62cm PSC frameset
> > that became a fixed-gear for a while there. The
> > green TdF had the
> > usual Mafacs and Simplex derailleurs, but came to me
> > with Campy hubs
> > laced to Fiamme red label rims and Sugino Mighty
> > Competition cranks.
> > It took a while to identify it, as the only decal
> > left was the red
> > "hand-made" sticker on the seat tube. I think I
> > paid $75 for it. I
> > really should have kept it, because the ride quality
> > and feel of that
> > one was just wonderful.
> >
> > I read a while back Mike Kone's comment that most of
> > these have
> > probably been Kryloned to death. True enough - but
> > when I heal up and
> > have a bike budget again, I think I'll go bottom
> > feeding in pursuit of
> > a good TdF for cheap. They were similar to the
> > PX-10s in being work
> > horse bikes that were quickly turned out, but I
> > think the Gitanes had
> > superior handling.
> >
> > Russ Fitzgerald
> > Greenwood, SC