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1978 Gitane velo de piste (sold)

Gitane is a French manufacturer of bicycles based in Machecoul, France; the name "Gitane" means gypsy woman. The brand was synonymous with French bicycle racing from the 1960s through the mid-1980s, sponsoring riders such as Jacques Anquetil (1963–1965), Lucien Van Impe (1974–1976), Bernard Hinault (1975–1983), Laurent Fignon (1982–1988), and Greg LeMond (1981–1984). It is owned by Grimaldi Industri AB. . . Gitane cycles have their roots in 1925, when Marcel Brunelière opened a smith and agricultural repair works at Machecoul in the Loire-Atlantique region of France. He began making parts for bicycles and the following year opened a further workshop to assemble bicycles for G.M.B and Marbru. Brunelière began making his own bicycles in 1930, choosing the name Gitane (meaning "gypsy" [feminine]). He added light motorcycles in the 1950s. The name changed to Micmo in 1960 but continued to sell Gitane bicycles. Nearly a third of Micmo was owned by Renault, the car-maker, which had acquired 30 per cent of the shares in 1974. In 1976 it bought the rest.[1] Gitane bicycles were first imported into the U.S. in 1958 by Mel Pinto Imports of Virginia, and as such were among the first European racing bicycles to be regularly imported into that country. The arrival of a new director-general at the head of Renault in 1985, Georges Besse, led the company to sell Micmo to raise capital. Micmo continued and then in 1992 joined Peugeot and the Spanish company, BH, to form the Cycleurope group to compete with growing competition from Asia. Later, BH sold Gitane/Peugeot and the rest of Cycleurope to the Swedish Monark conglomerate. . . 59 center center 61 center top 58 top tube

Frame:
Reynolds 531

Fork/Headset:
Reynolds 531 / Stronglight

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
CSS 10 Stronglight 93/ Stronglight

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
46-15 / 15T / Stronglight 46T / Sedis

Handlebars/Stem:
3TTT pista / 3TTT aero road 130mm

Saddle/Seatpost:
Selle Italia / Reco

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Mavic / Maillard piste / Clement

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Mavic / Maillard piste / Clement

More Info:
*sold*

Added by kobe. Last updated over 2 years ago.

As of over 2 years ago, kobe has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

4 Comments

Flatik

Flatik says:

Nice!

Crankset/chainring are CSS 10 Stronglight 93 to be exact, same as mine :)

Posted over 2 years ago

kobe

kobe says:

Hey thank you man ;)

Posted over 2 years ago

Mort

Mort says:

Super Sweet!

Posted over 2 years ago

kobe

kobe says:

Thank you

Posted over 2 years ago