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.
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.
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."