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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

Reynolds 531

Reynolds 531 / Stronglight

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
CSS 10 Stronglight 93/ Stronglight

46-15 / 15T / Stronglight 46T / Sedis

3TTT pista / 3TTT aero road 130mm

Selle Italia / Reco

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

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

More Info:

Added by kobe. Last updated almost 7 years ago.

As of almost 7 years ago, kobe has indicated that they no longer own this bike.



Flatik says:


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

Posted almost 7 years ago


kobe says:

Hey thank you man ;)

Posted almost 7 years ago


Mort says:

Super Sweet!

Posted about 7 years ago


kobe says:

Thank you

Posted about 7 years ago