While on the subject of the TdF Gitane, I have a NOS Freccia D' Oro plastic saddle, mounted on chrome-steel seatpin. This was out of a NOS TdF box , original eqipment, as supplied by the factory. Never mounted , still has protective foam wrap and bag. $35 delivered in 48 states.
David Cowie Sutherlin Oregon
> 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.
> Jerry Moos
> Houston, TX
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Feldman" <email@example.com>
> To: "Russ Fitzgerald" <firstname.lastname@example.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 <email@example.com> 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