I would like to submit another one of my bikes for 'cross. This one is technically too old for Current Classics and I actually did race it in cyclocross but not in it's current configuration. It's probably too heavy for 'cross but it's a good back-up bike. Now it's a touring/commuting/rough-stuff rig.

Early '70s Gitane Tour de France
Reynolds 531db tubing, Simplex dropouts
Peugeot hybrid fork
Sugino AT crank 46-42 half-step
Campy 980 deraillers and Simplex shifters
Shimano 600 13-32 6-spd freewheel
Araya rims and Suzue hubs
Kenda Kwest 700 x 35 tires
GB randonneur h/bar and Nitto Technomic stem, silver Bennoto tape
Brooks Conquest saddle

I had cable stops machined out of stainless steel at work and brazed on by a buddy of mine who also brazed on the rear cantilever studs. Paint I sprayed myself. It is DuPont Centera, Chevy Truck White. The last photo in the group was taken at Grand Lake St. Marys in west central Ohio during a 125 mile solo day trip

Patrick A. Murphy

Dayton, Ohio



Gitane Tour de France - rear quarter view

Gitane Tour de France - seat detail
Gitane Tour de France - crankset detail
Gitane Tour de France - derailleur detail
Gitane Tour de France - on the lake


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