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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:12 am Reply with quote
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Here is the typical headbadge you see from time to time on French Ebay.




Has anyone actually seen one affixed to a bicycle? All of the Gitanes that I have seen (those from the 1960's and after) always use "sticker" headbadges...but I have seen these on Gitane motorcycles, though.

So the question is: Did Gitane ever use tin/aluminum headbadges on their bicycles? Does anyone have any proof (i.e. visual!)?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 10:08 pm Reply with quote
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Could be?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:37 am Reply with quote
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I have been looking for a head badge and decals for my bike. I found these:
http://www.velocals.com/servlet/the-108/1970-GITANE-Grand-Sport/Detail

but I find them not particularly appealing. Are there any other sources for decals out there?

Where can I find a head badge as above?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:03 am Reply with quote
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First, I'll answer my own question, albeit some years later:

Yes, they did use them on bicycles.
http://www.gitaneusa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1050

Second, as to where to find them:
I have one (now a wall decoration), but you have to find them from time to time on ebay. No one makes them. As for decals, check "Cyclomondo" on ebay. He has made high-quality Gitane decal reproductions in three different varieties. Here is a link to his ebay store, which is currently empty for some reason:
http://stores.ebay.com/Cyclomondo/

He doesn't have any decals up right now, but send him a message, and he might respond (he may be on holiday or something).

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Re: Gitane Headbadges 
PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:13 pm Reply with quote
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sandranian wrote:
Here is the typical headbadge you see from time to time on French Ebay.






I found one of these on ebay.fr. Hopefully I can grab it. Any tips for cleaning it up and restoring the colors?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:59 pm Reply with quote
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Smile



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:02 pm Reply with quote
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Wow, that looks really cool. How did you attach it to the head tube?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:56 pm Reply with quote
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Shocked super good result!!
That thing looks like new, congrats

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:32 am Reply with quote
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Apologies for the crappy iphone pic, it actually looks nicer in person.

It's definitely not perfect, but I am pretty happy with it.

It started out looking worse than the first pic posted in this thread.

This was the process:

1. After I got it in the mail, I promptly threw it in a cup with coca cola to remove some of the corrosion, which was not as successful as I had hoped.

2. Plenty of goof-off to get rid of the old crusty paint, dirt, and corroded junk; file off the sharp edges where the rivets had been ripped out.

3. Trip to the hobby store. Acquired model paints, brushes.

4. Slow, methodical 4 hour process to fill in the colors. Cure for a week, touch up anything that wasnt satisfactory.

5. A couple of coats of clear spray paint, cure again.

6. Epoxy to the powder coat.

7. PROFIT!

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Headbages in french Gitane book 
PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:47 am Reply with quote
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Maybe everyone has allready a copy, but in that french book
"les gitane de mon pere" are a lot of bicycle pics and chapters beside
the "motos"

greetings, Holger

P.S. found it on ebay.fr, its still on the market and not expensive



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:48 am Reply with quote
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Looks amazing!!! Cool I hope to find one of those too...
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