09-08-08, 03:16 PM
Iím from Minnesota but have been living in Mexico for about 20 years. Besides cycling I also like hiking and body-boarding. Iíve been a bike nut since I was 15. I used to be really into touring, it was my life for a while. However, most of my biking comes in the form of commuting, and I do quite a bit of recreational riding. My everyday bike is a1992 Trek 520, a heavy-duty tourer which makes a great commuter, and is about the lightest thing you can ride on the bombed-out streets around here. I also have an Olmo racing bike thatís a little too small for me and has a crappy color. I just began a restoration project with my 1975 Motobecane Grand Jubile, my old high school sweetheart. Iím also looking for a 70ís era Raleigh International, for another sentimental vintage project. I always ride, but go in and out of techno-nerd phases. The restorations are turning me into a retro-nerd, and maybe itíll be worse this time because of the internetÖ.
09-09-08, 07:41 PM
Hi kroozer, if you post photos of your Grand Jubile, I'll post photos of mine ;) .
Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions :) !
09-16-08, 01:19 PM
I'll be happy to post photos, both pre- and post-restoration, but it's going to be a while. Actually, the bike is sitting up in the rafters of my parents' garage in northern Minnesota right now, and is not much to look at. No, I take that back-- even in its present state, I think the mid-70's Grand Jubile was one of the most beautiful and elegant bicycles ever made. Pure French baroque, makes many top-end racers look pretty ordinary. I was totally in love with mine, and when I see it, it still give me a tingle like no other bike. I have just begun the restoration, which is to say I am locating and buying replacement parts on Ebay and on-line bike shops. I'm going to pick up the frame next summer, bring it home, and repaint it. The original paint and decals are actually in pretty good shape for the most part, but there are some big scrapes, and the left chainstay is kind of banged up from being stolen from the high school bike rack (where of course it stood out like a Ferrari), then recovered. But it tracks straight and has no rust at all. I got a set of decals from Cyclo Mondo, and will use automotive paint and a spraygun. It's a complicated paint job, but I'm repainting my Olmo first, for practice. I also build plastic scale models, so I'm a fairly competent painter.
The parts on the bike right now are a motley mishmash of replacements, the only original parts are the headset, bottom bracket, Stronglight 49 cranks, Normandy Sport hubs, and the Maillard 700 pedals I put on soon after I bought it. I plan to set up the bike as a sport tourer, similar to the original configuration. I'm getting mid- to high-end 70's vintage French parts, in good used condition. So far I have found Mafac brakes, TA/Sugino chainrings (almost impossible to find Stronglight 49's), a rear Huret Jubilee derailleur (the drilled cage model, I don't know if it will fit the Huret dropout but I got a good deal on it), and Sugino Swiss BB cups. I am looking for more parts, I want to have some spares as well as different wheel and gearing options. I'd really appreciate any ideas of where to find the following:
Huret Jubilee shifters and front derailleur (maybe the rear one too). Damn, these things are expensive!
Stronglight 49 outer chainrings.
TA 50 or 52 outer chainring.
Normany Competition or Maillard 700 hubs.
Ideale 80/90 saddle.
French bars and 100-110mm stem.
Lyotard Berthet platform pedals.
It should be really nice when it's done. It'll be a rider so it doesn't have to be perfect, and I want to keep costs as low as I can. This has already been a very fun project. Since I live in Mexico it's hard to find information and parts locally, so I'm hoping to make some connections on the bike forum. I'd love to see photos of your GJ if you want to post them.