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    1975 Motobecane Grand Jubile (Photograph Intensive)

    I finally finished this build and delivered it to my friend in Chicago when we visited over the holiday weekend.

    I won an auction for a Motobecane branded Sugino crank located in Paris months ago and still haven't received it so I installed a Sugino Mighty Tour for the time being. The Huret Eco isn't a grail derailleur, but it fits the dropout and shifts fine.

    The Jubile isn't a racing bike, but it doesn't have a lot of clearance either. Particularly challenging was the interference of the rear fender and the front derailleur. Some judicious work with a hammer and a wine cork followed by a little steel wool and metal polish and you probably wouldn't know I even dimpled it (try that with a plastic fender).

    My friend a I did a nice shakedown ride on Saturday. Good thing I did. I found I probably didn't have the rear tire seated properly because when we stopped for a sandwich at my favorite deli the rear tube exploded. Scared the hell out of my riding buddy. Haha! I also found that the adjustable cup threads were damaged and wouldn't allow for proper tightening of the lockring. Thankfully, I had a spare set.

    It's a blast to ride and he really likes it. Win!

    12 beers in a pannier. Check.






    I found some proper Sugino dust caps in my bin and replaced these plastic chrome jobs.





    I mounted a Planet Bike Flash to the rear of the Pletscher after this pic was taken. Those things are so bright. I'm talking "hurt your eyes" bright. I could not get the Pletscher clamp to cooperate and said to hell with it. I cut some poplar and rigged it up as seen. It must've been bent. I had to add three washers under one of the mounting bolts at the seat stays to center it with the fender/wheel.







    One of my favorite sandwiches. Toasted wheat, KY country ham, sharp white cheddar, lettuce, Dusseldorf and a touch of mayo.



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    Nice work, Colonel!
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    Nice work, that is a nice looking bike. The green bar tape looks awesome, amber shellac on the grassy green tape?

    What are the tire/fender specs?

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    Thanks, fellas!

    The bar tape is Newbaum's blue (26304) with one or two coats of amber and another two or three of clear.

    27 x 1 1/4" Pasela TG tires on aluminum alloy Fiamme rims laced to 36h Normandy high flange hubs. VO 48mm fluted 700c fenders.
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    I had to Google it: Dusseldorf is mustard.
    learn something new every day, like I already eat this style of mustard (it's good!) just never heard of it by that name, must be regional.
    Here it's sold in a heavy glass jar that looks a bit like a small Beer Stein.
    Nice job on the Moto, BTW.

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    Thanks!

    Haha. The deli I frequent just calls it hot mustard most of the time. But, they have an actual hot mustard that they refer to as "sinus mustard". When most people in this area hear Dusseldorf mustard they think White Castle.
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    Look at you, drinkin' some Shiner.
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    Nice job, Colonel! You give my Moto something to aspire to.

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    Looks nice! I got a Grand Record frame in the same color a few weeks ago.

    Sandwich looks good, although this time of year you should add a fresh heirloom tomato like a Cherokee Purple to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by realestvin7 View Post
    Look at you, drinkin' some Shiner.
    Sure. I've been a fan of the bock since I visted Austin for SXSW in '99. I'm not usually a big fan of the flavored beers, but the ginger in that one is kinda nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
    Nice job, Colonel! You give my Moto something to aspire to.

    Neal
    I promise to (eventually) send you two parts that will make your Moto have more bling than this one.

    Quote Originally Posted by mparker326 View Post
    Looks nice! I got a Grand Record frame in the same color a few weeks ago.

    Sandwich looks good, although this time of year you should add a fresh heirloom tomato like a Cherokee Purple to it.
    Nice! Hell, I eat Cherokee Purples like plums. I like a nice sliced Mr. Stripey or Oxheart on a sango.
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    Dude...even by your standards, this is impressive. I'm really digging it...both aesthetically and functionally. The Mighty Tour is, IMO, one of the sharpest cranksets ever made.

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    Beautiful bicycle. Long have I had a soft spot for these Motobecanes, having owned a lovely old Grand Record several years ago.

    Though the OP's white with black is beautiful, I have always had another soft spot for the black with red combination. And wouldn't you know it, guess what I found at the dump less than an hour ago...

    Motobecane_GJ_57_AF_Stand_2.jpg Motobecane_GJ_57_AF_Stand_1.jpg

    Yup, my second Gran Jubilee and this one looks to be a good fit. Funny thing is, I almost missed seeing the bike. I was in a hurry and decided to do the clean up on the weekend. Then the adult me took over, and out of the truck I got. Lucky I did!
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    Randy, yours looks to be post 1975. It was after that, I think, that they went to Vitus tubing on the GJ. Very Nice. His wife's bike is a 1979 Mirage in the same red/black color scheme. The bike in the OP is actually more of a silver/champagne color. Definitely not white. It's a great combo.

    Quote Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
    Dude...even by your standards, this is impressive. I'm really digging it...both aesthetically and functionally. The Mighty Tour is, IMO, one of the sharpest cranksets ever made.
    Thanks! Yes, I love the Mighty Tour. The Motobecane branded crank that is on a boat in the Atlantic (I'm told) looks to be a Super Maxy. The Super Maxy is swaged, unlike the Mighty Tour, but I've never seen a swaged crank fail so I don't care.

    It really is a functional bike. Newman is not a cyclist, but wanted a bike to ride with his wife and to run errands around the city. Parts of our conversation went like this:

    Me: Newman, do you want fenders on your bike?
    Newman: Please. I don't want to look like the hipsters I see riding around with a brown stripe up their back.
    Me: Do you want some sort of rack so that you can haul some items?
    Newman: What good is a bike going to do me if I can't bring home two pounds of pork belly and a bottle of bourbon?
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    LOL...the hipsters here have all discovered racks and fenders. Commuters are IN! Fixies are out! I think Philly and Brooklyn hipsters are the early adopters.

    It should be pointed out I don't think the term hipster has any meaning or use and I like 20 somethings on bikes

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    Randy, yours looks to be post 1975. It was after that, I think, that they went to Vitus tubing on the GJ.
    I did notice the Vitus decal but thought little of it. As I mentioned, I just got the bike. It was the coincidence that struck me and demanded sharing. Hope the bike fits. It looks to be in really nice shape, except for the rear derailleur - busted.
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    Since when are they letting Shiner leave the State?

    Nice bike! Let's have a dedicated sandwich thread!

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    Colonel, yet another coup! I only wish I could find the kinds of machines you find. <sigh> Your sense of style is impeccable as you have never shown any propensity for putting a 24t chainring onto an internal gear bike as I have.
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    Nice looking bike. My GJ is jealous of the attention lavished on the subject bike. Regarding vintage of the subject bike, my 78 GJ has Vitus 172 tubing, but the later font for the Motobecane and Grand Jubilé scripts.
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    Way to go Colonel. A friend indeed. very nice looking build.

    (so, did newbaum's blue actually turn out very dark green with amber shellac? is the color rendition accurate?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
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    It's a blast to ride and he really likes it. Win!

    12 beers in a pannier. Check.


    ]

    I am certain that beautiful GJ would be a blast to ride even before you added the 12 beers in the pannier!
    Nice work Colonel!
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    well aint that a real nice surprise!

    good job.

    Keep up the good work.
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    very pretty. to me, the silver/black combo on the grand jubile looks much better than the red/black offering.
    (the black/red on the g.record works better for some reason.)
    i also like the v-o clip straps and leather bits. i ordered some...
    ooh, and i want this sugino crankset for my grand record. what are the full specs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    12 beers in a pannier. Check.


    Only 12? How's that going to last all the way home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Newton View Post
    Since when are they letting Shiner leave the State?
    To hijack: they let Shiner into California, and it's common in many stores, sold for years, now. I only see the classic Bock, never knew there were any crazy cookie-flavored beers from Shiner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
    LOL...the hipsters here have all discovered racks and fenders. Commuters are IN! Fixies are out! I think Philly and Brooklyn hipsters are the early adopters.
    Dude! Our hipsters are just as hip as your hipsters!

    Seriously, derailleurs became the new fixed a couple years ago and touring rigs are all the rage. I see a lot of them spinning along in the morning with full bag and rack set-up, front and rear. Complete overkill for a commuter. But, they seem to be quietly screaming, "My bike is practical! I could go touring on a moment's notice! I can haul around my bee-keeping equipment, my dj equipment, or help a friend move at the drop of a hat. That's how practical i am!"
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