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Old 07-02-08, 02:37 PM   #1
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Vintage Motobecane tire question

Hi all,

When I was in high school I purchased a Motobecane Grand Jubilee that had been stolen and later recovered by a local shop. In later years it was stolen from me... I loved that bike and I'm now looking to get something similar in a 70's Motobecane.

One that I'm currently considering sports sew up tires, and I'm not sure if that's the way I'd like to go as a casual rider these days. I was curious if anyone knows what came standard on say a 1980 - 1982 Motobecane GJ? Clinchers or sew ups? I liked the ride, and don't ever recall trouble from whatever they were... I did find a catalog from 1984 that shows Michelin Bib TS 23's, but haven't had any luck figuring out what style those are.

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Early '70's Motobecane Grand Jubile came equipped with 27" clinchers. By the early 80's they may have switched to 700c clinchers. I use sewups on my '74 GJ.
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Hi all,

I did find a catalog from 1984 that shows Michelin Bib TS 23's, but haven't had any luck figuring out what style those are.
Anyone know if Michelin ever made tubulars? Doesn't ring a bell for me.
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Thanks, guess that answers my question. I'm not sure if I'd want to go to the expense of replacing wheels, etc... so I may pass on this one as the standover height is a little more than I'd like any way. Wouldn't hurt to give the sew ups a try I suppose, but I'm not the type who is gonna remember to ride around with a could of spares so it's probably for the best.

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My '79 Grand Jubile shipped with 27" clinchers, and came equipped with 27 x 1 1/4 Michelin Elans.
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I'm not the type who is gonna remember to ride around with a could of spares
Well, 1 is generally ample supply in my experience. Maybe I just ride on good roads. Whether you ride clinchers or tubulars, you'd do well to heed the old advice, "If you ride without a spare, ride no farther than you'd want to walk home."
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