Here is an entry from Robert J. of whom we haven’t heard from in over two years. Welcome back! This is his 1970s Gitane Grand Sport Deluxe.
1970s Gitane Grand Sport Deluxe This is another find from the local scrapyard. Searching on the internet it turns out that this is the low-end Gitane, in spite of its glamorous name. It was last licensed in 1979, and has a wonderful 1970’s color scheme, purple with white bar wrap. I have white cable housings to install, as well. A white seat would complete the look. The plastic Simplex derailleurs and shifters broke as soon as I touched them, so I replaced them all with some 1980’s Shimano equipment (of course, nothing too fancy). I never owned a French bike in my life, until I found this one and a Peugeot in just one week.