Cycling in Melbourne Australia
I just joined Melbourne Cyclist and read Jack's message. I am the flatmate he talked about whilst we lived in London. Jack owned his Peugeot and I owned a gorgeous Eddy Merckx. When I left London in 1980 I gave my bike to a mate. When I arrived back in Australia one of the first things I bought was a new bike - a Cycles Gitane. Light as a feather and one of the best bikes you could buy back then, and it is still the pride of my life now. I have ridden it non-stop for the past 32 years, although it has had lots of upgrades. I go on all the Melbourne rides and try to keep up a good average of kilometres every week, as I am determined to stay fit and healthy.
I am having a major problem with the Gitane's bottom bracket. Parts for French bikes of this era just don't seem to exist anymore. Does anyone know where to obtain a cup bearing (35mm x P1) for the bottom bracket? None of the bike repair shops are of any help at all - I guess they would love to sell me a new bike... I suspect the grinding noise means that it is about to collapse completely, and I want to keep my electric blue Gitane on the road.
Hi Greg, We restore lots of bikes from the 50's to 80's and when faced with French bottom brackets - well, they just don't make them anymore. We have made up a few ourselves (sealed cartridge type) and they work pretty well, and don't cost much. Drop in or give us a call. Cheers John - Pista Bikes 9 Toorak Rd South Yarra 8866 1877.