I recently acquired a Motobecane Nomade and am trying to find out where it was made. It does not have this information on it ( doesn't say Made in France anywhere ), and the paint and decals seem bright and original, although I could be wrong. The bike looks like a late 70s type. Here's what I know about the bike from examining it:
Frame Serial Number ( under BB ) : M1O1 20109
Motobecane Front and Rear Sidepull Brakes and Brake Levers
Suntour Hubs ( Rear and Front )
Suntour Honor Rear Derailleur
Suntour Front Derailleur
SR ( Suntour ) Stem
Motobecane Touring Seat
Tires are 27-1/4"
The Motobecane Nomade name is in the squarish letters that are commonly seen on these bikes.
There's also a decal at the bottom of the seattube that states Bloomington Cyclery, Bloomington, Indiana.
I repacked the bearings in the hubs and bottom bracket, and also cleaned up the cassette. I'd be happy to get advice from some of the Moto experts. I know Motofan and others are planning to create a database for these bicycles, so any information I can find will be useful for that database as well. I have pictures, but I can't seem to upload them as an attachment ( they are copied into a Word document ).
All Motobecane's from this era were made in France. The later (late 1990's to current) models are just Asian made bicycles licencing the Motobecane name... they have no connection with the original company.
Thanks, dbarnblatt. I had suspected that all Motobecanes were made in France during that period, from what I had read on various sites, but I did not know if it was absolutely certain that the "outsourcing" had not started earlier, and that some of the lower-end bikes like the Nomade, might not have been built in the East. It seems like a nice enough bike for routine rides about town.