Hillcrest Garage, Holywell 01352 715716

Vintage Bike Shop

1976 Gitane “Tour de L’Aviner” Gold

Eroica Ready!!


Life on Vintage wheels are delighted to offer this iconic 1976 Gitane “Tour de L’Aviner” race bike finished with the beautiful revered Huret honeycomb rear dropouts and built from Reynolds 531, this lovely French classic is a stunner! Most of the original components are in place with just a few considered changes made by the previous owner. The wheelset has been improved with the addition of quality Shimano hubs and “Super Champion” Rims built up with Stainless steel spokes. The front derailleur has also been upgraded to a bombproof Suntour, other than that she’s pretty original. The bike has some scratches commensurate with use and age but generally can be described as in excellent condition, all in all a wonderful bike with fantastic Patina!

Please feel free to come and view the bike or contact us should you wish to discuss the bike (or anything else), we are open Mon to Sat - 10am to 6pm 01352 715716.

  • Item Condition: Used
  • Availability: Collect from Store
  • Brand: Gitane
  • Gendre: Mens
  • Size: M/L
  • Colour: Gold
  • Size CM: 55.5cm
  • ID: 782252
  • Honeycomb Rear Dropouts
  • Racks: No Racks
  • Gearing: 6-Speed


Frame & Fork - tubing type: Reynolds 531 (main tubes)

Frame Dimensions:

  • Seat Tube (c-t): 22
  • Seat Tube (c-c): 21 ¼
  • Top Tube (c-c): 21 ½
  • Head Tube Length: 5 ¼
  • Stand over height: 31 ½

Year of Frame/bike production 1976
Rear Derailleur Simplex
Front Derailleur Suntour
Headset Simplex
Crankset Sugino “Super Maxy” Drilled
Bottom Bracket Sugino
Stem Aluminium
Bar Ruid – engraved, wrapped in leather
Shift levers Simplex
Brake Callipers Mafac “Racer”
Brake Levers Mafac “Racer”
Hubs Shimano
Rims Super Champion Competition “Gentleman 81”
Spokes Stainless steel
Tyres Vitoria (tubs)
Seat Post Fluted (branded, but unreadable)
Saddle Groupon Garanti “Welcome” (leather)
Chain KMC - New

If you require suitable Vintage pedals or any other period equipment for this bike or a bike you already own, please contact Life on Wheels on 01352 715716.


Important Info

Life on wheels offer no warranty on any vintage products however, we carry out a comprehensive structural and mechanical inspection prior to any bike being sold. All bearings are stripped and regreased and the bike fully serviced. Please look at the images of the bike carefully as they form part of the description. In some cases, new tubs are included in the sale where the original tubs show signs of cracking or other age-related issues. Life on wheels do not accept responsibility for the road worthiness of any tubs supplied with their bikes, it is the new owner’s responsibility to check and confirm them fit for purpose prior to the bike being used or ridden. We do our best to correctly identify any components listed are from the correct groupset type and that the framesets are dated accurately. Occasionally we might make an honest mistake, so please ensure you look at the images provided.

Life on Vintage Wheels - Store Info

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