Had I been smart enough to look under Gitane in the Used Bike Buyers Guide, I would have found the correct spelling:
S.A. Micmo, 44270 Machecoul, France.
Lou Deeter, Orlando FL
-----Original Message----- From: sandranian <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Sent: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 10:27:22 -0800 (PST) Subject: Re: [CR]Jacques Anquetil Bike-Used Bike Buyers Guide entry
"Cycles Gitane" was "MICMO" (not MICMA). The company changed its name in 196 0, but the factory in Machecoul, France (near Nantes), stayed in the same place , and is still there today.
Stephan Andranian Costa Mesa, CA
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: ANQUETIL: Produced in the UK and Macaliere, France. French models were ma de by MICMA.
Here is what I show in the Used Bike Buyers Guide. I believe I got the Fren ch part of this from a post by Norris Lockley within the last year that shou ld be in the archives. Lou Deeter, Orlando FL
-----Original Message----- From: sandranian To: Mr Joe McKishen ; email@example.com Sent: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 09:21:30 -0800 (PST) Subject: Re: [CR]Jacques Anquetil Bike
I thought that Anquetil-badged bicycles were manufactured by Gitane...but I have not been able to inspect one close up, so I don't know for sure...just a the ory!
Yours was converted into a fixie.
Stephan Andranian Costa Mesa, CA
Mr Joe McKishen wrote: I came across an odd brand this afternoon, a Jacques Anquetil Tour de France. It's set up as a fixed gear right now, and has tubular rims.
The frame has no tubing decal, and has lugs that look like a rough copy of the Nervar lugs on my Motobecane, but without the cutouts. The decals are foil with a black and white picture of J.A. on the seat tube. The dropouts are forward facing, and the front fork has a forged crown. The crankset looks like a standard Nervar Cottered crank with a single 46T, 1/8" chain wheel, the stem and bars are alloy but are unbranded, the bars say Made in France at one end. The saddle is a badly rotted Ideal, and it had no brakes installed. The front hub is a low flange, with a 3/8" nutted axle with the name Renak, and a 21 and a 36 just below the logo. The rear hub is a high flange and is marked 950, Made in France. It looks like an earlier round hole Normandy, but is not a track hub. hub is not French threaded.
Does anyone here know when these were made? Any info on either hub? (These may be common, but I just have never run across either of these before). Might anyone know how this bike would have been equipped originally? Tubulars or clinchers? Simplex Prestige or Huret Allvit or other?
The frame has brazeons along the right side of the top tube for a rear brake cable and a small slug to locate a down tube shifter, but no paint marks where one was removed, the same goes for the brake mounting holes.
Condition wise, it would probably be ridable with a good set of tires, but the decals show some where as does the paint, but not all that bad for a bike that I am guessing is from the mid 60's or so. Since it doesn't have rear facing dropouts, I am assuming it was converted, not to mention the mismatched hubs. The front wheel is mint, but the rear rim has a few dings and looks like it's got a few small stress cracks around the spoke holes. Does this sound like anything worth keeping? I have nothing invested at this point other than some time tearing it down to better access it's condition.