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    jwa
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    1970's Motobecane replacement chain

    I picked up a low-end Motobecane ("Nomade") at a thrift shop, in nice shape - now I'm cleaning it up to ride the occasional group century, etc - late 70's era (1977 on brakes, 1976 on brake levers); Huret (no model name stamped) derailleurs.

    Will modern 8 - 9 speed chains which I've got at home fit this? Or will I need to purchase something different?

    Thanks!

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    The chain you have at home will work just fine. One thing to be careful of though - if the chainrings and/or cogs are very worn, the chain will wear much more quickly than it normally would.

    I wish you strength, peace and not many hills on the century rides. I just made a Nomade ridable for my daughter's boyfriend. One heavy beast.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    You want an 8-speed, not 9- or 10-speed, chain. I am partial to the SRAM PC-58, but there are several other good options.
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    The 9- and 10-speed chains could possibly get stuck between the chainrings; I would get a KMC Z-51 for the Motobecane.

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    Thanks for the info.

    Yeah, it's a heavy bike - got those old Rigida wheels with the striations on the braking surface, which at least look cool when it's standing still....

    I'm looking for a century that's all downhill - like those M.C. Escher paintings.

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