This is my 1970's Gitane Tour De France. It is my first road conversion. Making this bike up was a lot of fun, but also a pain. Old French sizing makes for some high jinks, but the difficulties made the build much more rewarding. Sanding down the stem to 22.0 and searching forever for Sugino french threaded cups was a blast. The frame and fork are, to the best of my knowledge, Reynolds 531. The dropouts are Campagnolo. It is roughly a 58cm frame. A list of the components:

Wheels: IRO/Formula hubs laced (black spokes and nipples) to black Velocity Aerohead rims (700c) with machined sidewalls. Tires: Vredenstein Fortezza 23s Cog: EAI 1/8" 18T Crankset: 165mm Sugino 75 cranks with 49T Sugino chainring (1/8") Chain: Izumi 1/8" Bottom Bracket: Sugino French threaded cups (!) with 109mm Sugino 75 spindle and loose bearings (a ton of Phil grease) Pedals: Wellgo LU-908 pedals with Powergrips (I loathe clips) Seatpost: Thomson Elite Saddle: Selle San Marco Regal (Nashbar special) Headset: Stronglight Competition threaded Stem: 130mm Cinelli Handlebars: 39cm Nitto B123 Track Drops (shimmed with a Mickey's can) Grips: Champ Keirin Top Tube Protector: Reload

I think that's about it. I still prefer a track frame, but I love this bike. It's the smoothest I've ever ridden, but I don't like the lower bottom bracket factor. I'm used to riding a track frame and need to get used to not leaning the frame as much on turns. It's also not quite as responsive in tight city/campus traffic as my Pista, but I cannot beat it for longer rides. Enjoy.

Aaron Pratt (apratt@chemicalwarfare.net)