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"Hers" 1972 Gitane Tour De France

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Gitane Tour de France 54cm 1972?

36cm ??? / Atax 70mm

Gitane TdF chrome fork

Mavic open 4 CD / Campagnolo Chorus

Mavic open 4 CD / Campagnolo Chorus

Stronglight 93 / stronglight loose ball

Uno / brooks b17

Maillard 700

Simplex retro friction w/ riv bar end pods, Simplex Super LJ Rear, Super LJ front (both "Spidel" badged)

Campagnolo C Record era aero levers, Mafac Racers

52/40 front, 13-28 7 speed rear

Work in progress for Sarah. Part of 'his and hers' Gitane project.

Stronglight 93 to be replaced by TA 46/30 cyclotouriste.

People who friended this bike Aaron C, Splined, suicide_doors, veggie, campystamp, the fumingator, 6packta, slabfoot, axe_somebody, senorpetty

So the Simplex retrofrictions do work with the Riv pods?

Good to know. Did you have to do any special adapter/washer stuff to get a decent fit?

they're a perfect fit,

they're a perfect fit, actually. I wouldnt trust them to throw more than 7 cogs without machining off the stopper tab on the shifter or modifying the pod, though.

Wonderful piece of

France's cycling history. That Stronglight crankset looks awesome.

I have to admit, the

I have to admit, the stronglight pentagram pattern (the 49d chainrings and the 93 pictured here) is one of my least favorite designs as far as aesthetics. This is going to be replaced with either a 49d or a cyclotouriste set up with TA rings.

At least you are honest.

I do like the TA stuff better. Pretty sure it weighs less. Just a bit troublesome to gather up bits and pieces.

apparently, the intended

apparently, the intended user of the bike prefers the star pattern _ever so slightly_. We'll see how long she likes the 52/40 front for san francisco hills before I can swap it for a 46/30 TA.


I was lucky enough to purchase the full range of TA chainrings and bolts for triple,double and single set ups. I would triple the machine as its not that much extra weight that would be carried. Try a 26, 32,44. Couple that with a MTB back cassete with a 34 lowest geear. Guaranteed to get you up any hill.

Kindest regars


this is all an elaborate

this is all an elaborate hoax to convince velospace...

world class first response

world class first response posting!

I try

I try


machine in progress. Nice to see that your keeping it as far as possible in original condition.


Kindest regards


france ftw

awesome ride, slap a chain on that and take the girl out for a ride already!

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