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    Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (roadie content)

    This is my finally completed singlespeed roadie.
    I did a search one night on Ebay for ‘lugged‘, just to see what came up. I’d been thinking about getting a road bike to help with MTB training.
    This frame popped up. A 70s era Gitane Tour de France ‘professionnal’ with a Stronglight 93 crankset and a new headset installed. It also came with some old cable clamps embossed with the Stronglight “S”.
    Reynolds 531 steel and my size!
    I knew very little about road bikes, but it looked interesting, so I gave myself a very minimal spending limit and made a bid. Without too much effort, I ended up getting it.
    I was happy and at the same time thinking holy $h*t! I know nothing about roadies, and my first build ever is a French-made 35 year old frame with no derailleur hanger.
    My initial goal was to build it for as little as possible. Powder coat and throw on what I could find - keeping it vintage was never a goal.
    When the frame arrived, it looked better than I thought it would. Ratty yes, but kinda cool.
    I decided to keep the paint and stickers as they are. Some day it may head down to San Diego for a restore from Cyclart, but for now it‘ll stay rough around the edges.
    I started doing research, getting educated, and began collecting parts. Sheldon Brown helped a lot. The ‘cheap as possible’ idea went out the door quickly.
    With the Path’s assistance I chose Surly flip-flop hubs. It’ll be a fixie someday, when I get some road skills and get the gearing dialed. They built a great set of wheels. Gearing is 42 x 16 for now.
    I am pleased with how it turned out. It’s a blast to ride.
    I like the yin & yang of it. The crunchy with the smooth as Billy Bragg said.
    After Googling Gitane and coming up with multiple French soft-core porn sites, I have learned that Gitane means Gypsy.
    So here is ‘Gypsy‘.






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    very cool.

    my 3 season daily driver (surly cross check for the winter) is a 30 year old Andre Bertin, also 531. my dad bought it new, flogged it for years of steady commuting, finally laid it down so hard one winter he bent every tube on it, and shoulder surgery for him. i gave him a mountain bike for his troubles, a friend of mine with a frame table & a torch helped me straighten it out & add bits like cable guides, shift bosses, pump peg, etc. kept the campy clamp on bb cable guide tho, if you've got one of those you're morally obligated to flaunt it.

    i run mine as a geary, my commute's got one wicked steep hill, and sometimes i get the added treat of battling a stiff head wind all the way to the base of it as well.

    i've got a couple of really sweet cinellis, but i some ways the old french beast is my favorite. very intuitive ride, quick but comfortable. definately a bike made for stage races and the classics.

    once i got mine all said and done i shipped it up to c-springs & had spectrum shoot it with a gorgeous molteni orange powdercoat job. i'll have to shoot some pics of her one of these days...
    plus a change, plus c'est la m'me chose - alphonse karr

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    Very nice! I love the colour combination...the bike's perfect. You should post this over at Road Bike Review's vintage board.

    I have a similar ride, a '77 lugged steel Raleigh with plain-gauge 531. It's running singlespeed right now, but soon I'm going to buy a fixed wheelset from IRO. All I have is a picture I took during the build up - it has gears and a chain now, and the handlebars are taped.

    Out of curiostiy, what brakes do you have on there? Did you buy two rears, or did you pick out some modern dual-pivots for older bikes? I only have an old front side-pull on mine, and it's not cutting it.
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    Very nice. You'll have a lot of fun with that bike. Clean looking build too.
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    I really like that bike. The color combination looks great.

    HARDCORE NEWBIE QUESTION: What is "lugged"?

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    Man, that thing is tight. I especially like that you have real road bars on it. Hunkered down in the drops on an old school track bike that color you might be mistaken for this guy.
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    That looks great. Really nice job indeed. I love it.
    Trev!

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    That really came together nicely. The color combo is cool. Nice job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoriftoShoes
    I really like that bike. The color combination looks great.

    HARDCORE NEWBIE QUESTION: What is "lugged"?
    Lugged refers to a type of construction where the tubes are joined by 'lugs'. They can be works of art at their best.
    Per Sheldon:
    "A lug is a socket that forms the junction between two or more frame tubes. Traditional bicycle construction uses steel tubes and lugs, joined together by brazing or silver soldering so that the space between the tube and the lug fills up with molten brass or silver alloy."


    Quote Originally Posted by GirchyGirchy
    Out of curiosity, what brakes do you have on there? Did you buy two rears, or did you pick out some modern dual-pivots for older bikes? I only have an old front side-pull on mine, and it's not cutting it.
    I went with the Shimano A-550 (RX-100) long reach brakes. I wanted dual-pivots as I am no flyweight.
    They come in front and rear and also recessed or nutted mount. I went nutted. I didn't want to drill the frame. They work pretty well.
    "Get back to the hills, get back to baby where you belong." - P. Westerberg

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    That's purdy.

    now fix it!

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