Two new bike projects…

Not new bikes, but new bike projects. In the past week I’ve picked up two used bikes (thanks Craigslist & random thrift shop!). The first is a lovely 52cm French made Gitane Criterium which was upgraded (some time in the 90′s) with a full Shimano 600 group. My sister is looking for a more road-worthy bike so this one is going to her. The second is a lucky find at a thrift shop in Glendale. I never venture far from the East valley, but I needed to submit paperwork to the City of Glendale so we can get our pedicabs licensed there. I picked up a Japanese made Raleigh Gran Sport Mixte made somewhere between 1982 and 1984. I didn’t know this, but Huffy purchased U.S. naming rights for Raleigh and had bikes made in Japan to be branded as Raleigh bikes, this one was made by Bridgestone. It’s 100% original in great shape with all parts intact. The frame has some scratches, but they add to the character. It has beautiful chrome tipped fork blades, and stylish components including a cast & machined aluminum three piece crank, a derailer design which allows the chain to be freed completely from the pulleys, high flange aluminum Suzue hubs and friction shifting on the stem. This bike is 20+ years old and it will easily last another 20 years, try getting that sort of quality from a wallyworld bike!

Raleigh Gran Sport Mixte

Raleigh Gran Sport Mixte

1984 Gitane Criterium

1984 Gitane Criterium

2 Comments to “Two new bike projects…”

  1. By Tom, July 21, 2010 @ 21:13

    And yes, I have since repositioned the front reflector to opposite the valve stem and re-aligned both reflectors. Can’t believe I missed that the first time around.

  2. By Martin Kulakowski, November 10, 2010 @ 17:08

    I love the color scheme on that Gitane, and what a sweet company name! Cheers! :)

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