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    Motobecane Grand Touring Bike, worth how much? $400?

    I have been looking for a decent, basic touring bike for under $500 in my size for awhile. It's been a difficult search. I have found one online that seems good enough, but I am wondering if it is a good deal? It seems like it might be a tad overpriced. It is $400

    There isn't a direct link to the bike (confusing website)

    http://oldbikesbelong.com/Straight_Bar_Bikes.php

    It is on the second page, the 48cm Motocane Grand Touring bike

    Thanks!

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    If fully rehabbed-not unreasonable. Just my opinion. Just fully rehabbed one-a tad larger than that one.

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    It looks pretty clean, that being said thats over top dollar in my opinion. A bike search can be frustrating but i suggest waiting till you find the bike you "know" is yours, not just good enough. Happy hunting!!

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    Premiums (unfortunately) get attached to small frames. Looks like a business-see if they will stand behind their work. (At least 30 days or so) It's frustrateing finding a small bike. One finally came my way-but had to rebuild the whole thing. (But I like doing that stuff)

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    it is a Varsity quality bike, the grand touring was an entry level Motebecane..cost about 140 bucks new,,at that time the good Motebecane with a 531 frame was about 450,,,I owned 2 Grand Tourings and one Grand Record,,,400 for that bike is rediculous,,,one in very good condition is worth no more than 150 I wouldnt pay more than 75 bucks for one,,and I bought 2 of them new.

    Small frame bikes sell for much less than large frame bikes, I dont know what premium for small frames lol that is rediculous,,,Americans on a whole are taller than 30 40 years ago,,,the larger frame bikes are much harder to find and much easier to resell. Everyone that flips bikes knows this fact.
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    It's not a touring bike, just a normal road bike with a triple. If you want/need a true touring bike I would keep looking. I don't see $400 either, more like $200 max but when buying from a shop like this you're paying for the premium of a fully rehabbed and (hopefully) guaranteed bike. Still, $400 is just too much.

    Quote Originally Posted by howeeee View Post
    it is a Varsity quality bike, the grand touring was an entry level Motebecane..cost about 140 bucks new,,at that time the good Motebecane with a 531 frame was about 450
    When did a Varsity have aluminum rims, aluminum square taper crank, or a lugged frame with forged dropouts and integral RD hanger? This bike is probably 10 pounds lighter than any electroforged Varsity.

    Quote Originally Posted by howeeee View Post
    Small frame bikes sell for much less than large frame bikes, I dont know what premium for small frames lol that is rediculous,,,Americans on a whole are taller than 30 40 years ago,,,the larger frame bikes are much harder to find and much easier to resell. Everyone that flips bikes knows this fact.
    This is absolutely not true. There is a much better market for small frame road bikes now, as very few were made years ago. Most women were sold woman's frame bikes/mixtes. Now there are more women getting seriously into cycling and looking for starter road bikes. Tons of larger frame bikes were made and people are now realizing that they don't want or fit on the larger bikes. If you were 'x' height in 1975 you may have been sized for a 58-60cm bike when today you'd be sized for a 56cm.

    Small frames sell for a premium, large frames get a discount.
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    Mine tours just fine with a 41" wheel base/rando bars/and a 28 gear rear sprocket.

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    It's not a touring bike, just a normal road bike with a triple. If you want/need a true touring bike I would keep looking. I don't see $400 either, more like $200 max but when buying from a shop like this you're paying for the premium of a fully rehabbed and (hopefully) guaranteed bike. Still, $400 is just too much.
    +1 While pretty nice basic sports bike these where not full touring bikes. Despite the deceptive labeling of be a Grand touring model they weren't. Also I'm not sure on the triple I have seen a few of these that only had a double and wide range freewheel. I would say only about a $200 bike if really nice a perfect size. Maybe its just me but a like the Lotus on the first page for less money in the 48 size.

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    The Grand Touring is a very nice bike, but as much as I like them, I think $400 is a tad high.
    IMO all of the bikes listed on the site are ~$100 over market - but if they they have been thoroughly rehab'd and you see what your want (and have more money than time) they could be worth the premium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabbit View Post
    I have been looking for a decent, basic touring bike for under $500 in my size for awhile. It's been a difficult search. I have found one online that seems good enough, but I am wondering if it is a good deal? It seems like it might be a tad overpriced. It is $400

    There isn't a direct link to the bike (confusing website)

    http://oldbikesbelong.com/Straight_Bar_Bikes.php

    It is on the second page, the 48cm Motocane Grand Touring bike

    Thanks!
    Seems a little high, but it looks like the guy really makes them look nice. I got my 84 Motobecane Grand Touring for $60 and it had never been ridden - bought it from the original owner and not a thing wrong with it. I cleaned it up, greased everything and it is a wonderful riding bike with a powerful 3-chainring in the front. One thing tho - it probably has steel wheels and they are really heavy. I swapped mine out for a much lighter alloy set and now it is around 24.5lbs total. Take it for a ride and see what you think.
    Last edited by Tuc; 03-27-12 at 02:37 PM.

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    Lotus is an entry model-at least the moto is mid grade. Don't see the moto listed any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeeee View Post

    Small frame bikes sell for much less than large frame bikes, I dont know what premium for small frames lol that is rediculous,,,Americans on a whole are taller than 30 40 years ago,,,the larger frame bikes are much harder to find and much easier to resell. Everyone that flips bikes knows this fact.
    Maybe on Bizarro earth. The reverse is actually true on this one.

    P.S. Bike not worth 400. Around half that would be fair for a rider.
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