Re:Francais SVP Re: [CR] Help date a Gitane Track frame?

(Example: Framebuilders:Cecil Behringer)

Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 14:05:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: "sandranian" <sandranian@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re:Francais SVP Re: [CR] Help date a Gitane Track frame?
To: Gilbert Anderson <cyclestore@aol.com>, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <34df0b234a377778e03f5de4207e2b7d@aol.com>


Perhaps we could get help on that...because that isn't what I understood it to mean, as Gitane put "Service Course" on even their lower end bikes (the Interclub, for example). I also thought that this was discussed earlier, and that it meant road race, but I could be wrong, after all: I speak no French...only speak a little German, and struggle with my English!

Stephan Andranian Costa Mesa, CA http://www.GitaneUSA.com

Gilbert Anderson <cyclestore@aol.com> wrote: Hell Folks, << Based on your description, it sounds like part of the emblem which was placed on the top tube of early 1970's Gitanes, the "S C" standing for "Service Course", or roughly translated into "Road Race". No reason that would be put on a track bike and not placed on the head tube by the Factory.

That being said...you never know, with Gitane! I would love to see some pictures....>>

Me thinks "Service Course" equals Race Service literally but means "Racing Level Model" in the Cycling world.

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Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 13:24:52 -0400 From: To: sandranian@yahoo.com, theonetrueBob@webtv.net, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Subject: Later chroming, was Re: [CR] Help date a Gitane Track frame? Message-ID: <30241110.1159550692704.JavaMail.root@eastrmwml04.mgt.cox.net> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Precedence: list Message: 1

Here's a hint I learned a while back: One pretty good way to determine if a bike was factory-chromed is to look carefully at the BB. If the bike is going to get chromed, that will be polished before assembly, because it is almost impossible afterwards. So, if the BB shows lots of casting or file marks, and isn't really well polished, it was likely to have been plated sometime later in its life. Not infallible, but what is? :-) harvey sachs mcLean VA USA +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I would be interested in seeing pictures of the frame. I am unaware of any Gitane that was ever built by the factory which came with a full chrome finish, but that doesn't mean it didn't exist. If that is a Gitane, it was, most probably, refinished. I also think that the headtube decal is a cropped decal from another Gitane or a stickerset which was obtained after it was refinished. Based on your description, it sounds like part of the emblem which was placed on the top tube of early 1970's Gitanes, the "S C" standing for "Service Course", or roughly translated into "Road Race". No reason that would be put on a track bike and not placed on the head tube by the Factory.

That being said...you never know, with Gitane! I would love to see some pictures....

Stephan Andranian Costa Mesa, CA http://www.GitaneUSA.com

Bob Hanson wrote: I picked up this frameset just by chance a couple years ago. Curious if anyone can help me narrow down a possible date of manufacture.

Frame is Full Chrome. So, not surprisingly, the only remaining decal is the head tube emblem. That decal consists of a black & white checkered flag with a blue globe peeking out behind the flag. On the center of the flag is "GITANE" in blue with the letters "S" above the name and "C" below it, both of those letters in yellow. ------------------------------

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