Re: [CR] gitane tour de france

Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 20:28:53 -0800
From: Steve Whitting <>
To: <>, Dan Evans Design <>
In-Reply-To: <2054D77AE071461390353BC2D4F1E7EB@ebaya99ea23447>
Subject: Re: [CR] gitane tour de france

My first "good bike" was an early 70s Tour de France.  I paid $273 for it new in 1973.  Photo of my Gitane at this link: As shown in the photo, I replaced the stock Simplex derailleurs with Campy (including a Gran Turismo rear to handle the wide range 14-34t freewheel I installed for the steep hills of Fayetteville, Arkansas).  In the mid-70s I rode my Gitane to classes at the University of Arkansas and on club rides with the Washington County Wheelmen.  Interestingly enough, my Tour de France came with a Sugino "Mighty Competition" crankset which I replaced early on with a Stronglight 93 to get a lower low gear. Steve Whitting

"The Ciocc Cat"

Prairieville, Louisiana USA

Website at

--- On Sat, 2/20/10, Dan Evans Design wrote:

From: Dan Evans Design <> Subject: [CR] gitane tour de france To: Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 4:08 PM

dan evans aquitaine france

hello to everyone.

i would like to ask everyone about there thoughts on an early 70s gitane" tour de fance" frame. 531 frame and forks with some intresting square  looking dropouts which are chromed. i'm just wandering how these frames are viewed around the world. are they respected, collected or rejected? they seem quite fond of them in the US.

any thoughts appreciated.

dan evans