RE: [CR]Photos from Stockholm, Sweden - now Gitane TDF information

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From: "R.S. Broderick" <>
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Subject: RE: [CR]Photos from Stockholm, Sweden - now Gitane TDF information
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 20:09:07 -0500
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cc: 'Richard Robinson' <>


Indeed, it sounds as though you scored a rather unusual version of Gitane's Tour de France - one which I personally refer to as their "Super TDF", although no such official designation ever existed as far as Cycles Gitane or their U.S. distributors were concerned.

I could write volumes of information on these oddball bikes inasmuch as I have a rather personal interest in same after having purchased one new in 1973 (...I still have it to this day, although the frameset is a tad small for me now since I did manage to grow a bit since my high school "daze"). Perhaps also worth mentioning, my own TDF is in desperate need of a thorough rebuild at this point in time - and I can finally begin to seriously contemplate that undertaking now that Greg Softley has done such a wonderful job of creating accurate reproduction decals - and I can personally attest their appropriateness after having taken the time to carefully compare his newly minted reproductions to both unused originals I have on hand as well as those decals which are still affixed to my trusty TDF.

In any event, I might suggest that you start by checking out the following links:

.. and ...

When you return Stateside and things settle down a bit, you are invited to give me a call on the old "land line" (...I will provide you with the appropriate contact numbers "OFF LIST") so that we can discuss all manner of things in further detail.

Best regards,

Robert "Gotta Love Those Gitane TDFs" Broderick

..the "Frozen Flatlands" of South Dakota

Sioux Falls, USA

-----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of Richard Robinson Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2008 7:05 PM To: Subject: [CR]Photos from Stockholm, Sweden

I wanted to share some photos of my recent trip to Scandinavia. I saw

several bike shops, most specializing in city bikes, but some had

collections of old road bikes. The shop I enjoyed the most was located in

the old part of Stockholm, Cykel Sport. This may be one of the oldest bike

shops still operating in Stockholm, located in the old city, Gamla Stans

Stockholm, Sweden. The shop is owned and operated by a father son team and

well worth the visit. Martin (son) took several minuets out of his busy

schedule to show me some of his collection. He also provided the contact

info for the cool shop in Oslo I visited several days later. Time

permitting I will include my photos of Norway and Denmark.

Here is the link.

Enjoy the photos.

By the way, I was able to purchase a very interesting mid to late 60's

Gitane TdF the other day from eBay. What makes this bike so interesting is

it originally came equipped with Record rear and front (w/cable stop)

derailleurs. Additionally, it has the full chrome decal on the head tube

that seems to be extremely rare: also Campy dropouts, no brazed rear

center-pull brake stop, and fork crown with long points. All decals on the

bike are identical to a Service Course, including right fork decal. The

only exception is the small chrome silver decal on each side of the down

tube identifying it as 'Professional Tour De France'. As soon as I return

home mid week I'll post some photos. In the meantime, was this normal with

the Gitane bikes? Could this be something unusual? I was also able to

purchase the original wheels that came with the bike and from the photos

they have what appear to be a set of early 60's Normandy hubs with oil

clip. Was this original equipment? Perhaps someone on the list can shed

some light on this bike.perhaps Robert Broderick.

Regards, Rich Robinson

On the road in Copenhagen, Denmark, but normally from Jacksonville NC


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