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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:48 am 
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This is the second of my bikes I have got round to showing. Its a bit fortunate that its actually in my posession but thats sort of why I like it.

I visited Tower Cycles in Erdington many years ago looking for a few spares for my bike, certainly wasn't my LBC but it was worth a trip out and the weather was nice. I think I braved the A38 which was a bit stupid in hindsight, as it was also the wrong way to get there.

I bought a set of track wheels for my now departed Dave Marsh and spotted this sitting in the shop, bright as a button and looking very nice.

I paid a deposit on it, and for some reason, then proceeded to completely forget about it all together. I did move away and get a job and so on, not a great or even good excuse but hey they had some money for nothing I guess... I think about 4 or 5 years later, my Ma turned up with my 'Christmas present'. Sure enough, the shop had rang her and asked what was going on, and instead of asking me why I had put a deposit on a bike I couldn't remember anything about, she just quietly paid it off and delivered it :)

So without further ado, 1 x Gitane Time Trail bike, pretty much stock as it came from the shop.. spec to follow.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:01 am 
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Frame: Gitane 'Superlite'

Fork: Gitane

Headset: n/a
Stem: ITM
Handlebar: ITM
Bar Tape: white / yellow fade, poss ambrosio (have a spare set somewhere)

Brake Levers: CLS Omega R
Brake Calipers: CLS Omega R
Brake Pads: std
Brake Cables: std

Shifters: Sachs / Aris New success 7 speed index
Front Derailleur: Campag Veloce
Rear Derailleur: Sachs / Aris New success 7 speed
Derailleur Cables: std
Cassette: 7 speed freewheel - Sachs Maillard
Chain: Sachs
Cranks: Aris Rival
Chainrings: 52/42
Bottom Bracket: n/a
Pedals: Time Equippe Magnesium

Rims: Mavic Open 4CD 650 front 700 rear
Hubs: Sachs
Hub Skewers: Shacs
Spokes: galvanised /standard
Tyres: Wolber

Saddle: Selle Rolls
Seatpost: n/a
Seatpost Binder: bolt

Extras: Bolt-on Tri-bars, Cateye 6000 computer with cadence

Weight: n/a


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:13 am 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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In future I have planned...

Refurb the original 'Super U' colour scheme saddle and put it back on the bike.

Replace Handlebar stem, re-fit brake levers, replace the calipers are they are worse than useless, might put some ultegra ones on..

Re-spoke the wheels with some nice SS spokes.

Take it out of the Turbo trainer once in a while :)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:38 am 
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What a lovely mum :-)

Andy


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:01 am 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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fatfixie wrote:
What a lovely mum :-)

Andy


I thought so :) I think she did it just to cause confusion and suprise, it worked.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:46 am 
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Lovely bike and a great story, thanks for sharing.

I'd want to change the front mech and the brakes to New Success too so it all matches. Although I think Modolo were making Sachs brakes at the time so would settle for them if need be :)

Nice ride for the turbo trainer :D


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:16 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Tel wrote:
Lovely bike and a great story, thanks for sharing.

I'd want to change the front mech and the brakes to New Success too so it all matches. Although I think Modolo were making Sachs brakes at the time so would settle for them if need be :)

Nice ride for the turbo trainer :D


I have the original mech but from memory it didn't really work that well so I swapped it for the Campag item, although on a Turbo Trainer don't really use it that much anyhow.

I originally thought the brakes were Modolo ones, but the quick look I had last night didn't seem to show any Modolo markings, so I will have another look. They were stock, but dreadful. The hoods need replacing also, but then I don't really do a lot of braking on it so the rims still look nice and new :)

Unfortunately the tires are shot and whilst they are fine on the stand they would fall to bits in a corner so I have to replace those as well with something suitably aged.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:51 pm 
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Picked this up from the 'new' Gitane thread.

Nice interesting bike. Pity about the stem marks but it's replaceable.

The brakes are 'CLB', a French manufacturer who went into the Sachs conglomerate eventually. They also went under the name 'Alp' and can be found on Classic Rendezvous and similar sites. I was watching an '88 TdF video recently and the Z-Peugeot team bikes had these brakes fitted.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:34 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Think I will rename it 'Fignon' in light of today. R.I.P Laurent.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:44 pm 
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Now, that's a cool bike. I particularly like how the brake levers are positioned. Clever. 8)


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