My mother was given a Motobecane Grand Jubile as a gift from my dad's parter some time in the mid 80's. She rode the bike about 100 miles or so, and then put it in the basement where it resided until last week she asked me to refurb it. "I WOULD LOVE TO!!!!" It was her birthday two weeks ago, and this was part of my present to her.
I brought the bike back to my house and got a good look at it. The paint has some sticky, dusty crap all over it and the metal was all dull and tarnished looking. First I addressed the frame. Simple Green cleaned up the paint perfectly.
Some Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish cleared up the metal lickity split!!! It was great!!
Then I cleaned off the gears and they looked like absolutely brand new.
Removed the chain and sprayed it down with brake cleaner, and then wiped down and scrubbed with a toothbrush and WD-40. It looked really nice and clean, but just to be sure I put it in a glass jar with some Mobil1 5w-30 fully synthetic motor oil. Well, after 2 days the perfectly clear motor oil was black!! It managed to leach out a ton of gunk!!
Anyway, wiped the chain down and used some FinishLine dry teflon lube on the chain. Grease on the gears, and reassembled the works! I adjusted the derailleurs to shift perfectly. I mean...perfectly. wow these are smooth.
I didn't take apart the bottom bracket, or hubs. I figure I know it was ridden so little that there is nothing to clean out. And even the old grease that is in there seems to be fine. Everything spins freely and very smoothly with no rattles bumps, rough spots etc....
I don't mess with a good thing.
Two coats of Turtle Wax and a polishing later, and oh wow is this thing...just delightful. I can't express how charmed I am by this elegant, perfect little bike.
Panaracer Pasela 700cX28 are on the way from Nashbar as is a new saddle since the plastic on the old one cracked up. The older IRC tires are in good condition, but as long as I am bothering to fix up the bike, might as well get everything like new for her. Unfortunately, I don't where to find that foam handlebar stuff the put on old bikes. That's great stuff!!!
Anybody have an idea how to date this old girl? Derailleurs are Suntour Cyclone, brakes are Weinmann, and wheels are 700c Arayas. The frame and fork are butted Vitus tubing.
Full Body Shot
Headbadge. (you can see it still has some turtle wax stuck in the crevices that I need to remove.)
Polished up Motobecane symbol handlebars
Fork to stem. I love this part of the bike.
The rear. Pure elegance.
Well, how'd I do guys?