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

(Example: Racing:Jacques Boyer)

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From: "Gilbert Anderson" <cyclestore@aol.com>
Subject: Re: Francais SVP Re: [CR] Help date a Gitane Track frame?
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 17:57:37 -0400
To: sandranian <sandranian@yahoo.com>
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Sorry for the earlier Hell, meant Hello Folks,

Steven, You may be correct but a French bike shop guy told me this but his English was only a little better than my French, so not so good.

Course= Racing but the road implication could be there.

Isn't every Gitane a racing bike? I mean they all have dropped bars like racing bikes, right?

It does seem like the tagline 'Professional Racing Bike" was overused by several lower rent manufacturers in the 1970's and I suppose Gitane

might have been one. In the early 70's a light bike like an Interclub

was a passable racing bike with sewup tires but as nicer bikes became more readily available it's luster faded.

I was never a jaded elitist myself as I won my first race; a hill climb

at the tender age of 14 against some college lads on my 38lb Jacque PenYay with 26x1-3/8 inch wheels. It was properly equipped for lightness with a drilled out nylon saddle. I dreamed of Interclubs!

Toots,

Gilbert Anderson

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On Sep 29, 2006, at 5:05 PM, sandranian wrote:

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.
>
>
> Yours in Cycling,
>
> Gilbert Anderson
>
> North Road Bicycle Company
> PO Box 840
> 166 Court Square
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> USA
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> 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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