Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Bikes: '72 International Bicycle Corp, '71 Schwinn Varsity, '81 Peugeot PFN10, '76 Motobecane Grand Jubilee, '58 Raleigh Robin Hood Sport, '66 Schwinn Staret III, '81 Bianchi Super Sport mixte, '72 Moto Grand Touring, '86 Univega Maxima Sport
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Help Dating Motobecane Grand Touring
Just finished restoring this 10-speed Motobecane Grand Touring. I think it's a 1972 model or near around there. Any input you might have will be welcomed. The bike has been well taken care of, stored inside, and only required a deep cleaning and re-greasing. The frame is high tinsel 1020 steel tubing, lugged and brazed, and comes in at 28 lbs. Here are the components that lead me to think it's around 1972.
Stronglight BB and crankset
Stronglight Competition headset
Pivo bars and stem
Weinmann 610 center pull brakes
Weinmann 27-inch rims
Normandy high flange hubs
Huret front derailleur
Huret Alvit rear derailleur (this is the same derailleur Schwinn put on their '71-'72 Varsity, and probably other models only stamped as "Schwinn Approved"
Huret friction shifters
Only two things I've found on the bike are Japanese. First it has a Suntour freewheel although it's not stamped "Suntour." The markings on it are "8*8*8 Perfect, Madea Industries, and the letter M. I'm guessing it is original and possibly made for Motobecane without the "Suntour" stamping? Secondly, while the brake levers are Weinmann the suicide levers are Dia Compe. So perhaps these were added after the fact? Just a guess now days. And by the way - It rolls quite nicely!