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Old 05-11-14, 10:18 AM   #1
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Motobecane Grand Touring restoration part Deux - Lots of photos

Rather than try to resurrect my original thread, now several weeks old, I thought I'd post some photos of the Grand Touring I finally finished putting back together as well as some photos of the process.

Chainrings, one polished, the other not yet:


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She's about 95% complete. I'm sure I'll have some final adjustments to make once I have a chance to ride more than a block. I will likely add a chrome or aluminum rear rack and low-rider front rack when I track a set down. I have a few other appointments waiting for installation as well and should make her into a proper, retro touring machine.
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Sweet bike. Love the cranks.
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Rather than try to resurrect my original thread, now several weeks old, I thought I'd post some photos of the Grand Touring I finally finished putting back together as well as some photos of the process.

That's a head turner, handson... You'll be the envy of the neighborhood on that thing!
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Old 05-11-14, 10:46 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. I don't know about "envy of the neighborhood," but it might draw attention if for no other reason that you don't see too many C&Vs in my neck of the woods; it's all ​beach cruisers 'round here.
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Sweet bike. Love the cranks.
one tip for readers contemplating the use/purchase of a set of these NERVAR Sport cotterless chainsets.

there was a batch of them that came from the factory about 1974 where the broaching of the arms was improperly done and the arms will not mate well with the spindle. most raleigh dealers around '74-76 had a box of them in their stock rooms that had to be removed from Super Course Mk II machines and replaced with something else.

if you find a set for sale check carefully the faces of the spindle holes before purchase.
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nice restoration, would love to post my own one of these days.
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very pretty build.

the only changes i might make is to route the brake cables behind the bars (and shorten the awkwardly angled rear cable) and make the bars' yellow finishing tape much more narrow, as this makes for a cleaner look.
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very pretty build.

the only changes i might make is to route the brake cables behind the bars (and shorten the awkwardly angled rear cable) and make the bars' yellow finishing tape much more narrow, as this makes for a cleaner look.
I agree with you about the brake cables, though I'd have to cut off the crimped ends to pull the cable back through the housing to make the changes.

The quality of the photos is a little too low, but... that's not actually finishing tape - it's twine (a la Grant Petersen). And, for better or worse, yellow was what I had on hand. Maybe it'll get dulled a bit when I shellac it.
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^ you don't usually need to cut the cables because of the crimps. just use your crimp tool to squeeze the crimps in the opposite direction to open them, and they usually just fall off the end of the cable.
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Good point. I may just break out the soldering iron and tin the ends of the cable, foregoing the crimps altogether.

Having ridden the bike to work today, I've noticed a few other adjustments that I'll need to make. Of course, none of the issues manifest themselves during my relaxed test rides around the block; it always seems to be when I'm in the least forgiving situation, traffic-wise...
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Eschlwc, I took your advice and re-ran the cables. It's a little more ergonomic, looks better, and cut off a few inches of cable/housing. Also took another set of links out of the chain and dialed in the "B" adjustment on the rear derailleur, plus a few other minor things.

She rides like a dream! I couldn't believe the difference... VERY smooth and fairly responsive. Pretty nimble for the geometry. And it helps that it fits me better, I think, than anything else I've ridden. It's exactly the feeling I was hoping for after putting so much work into it; I hop on and feel like I could ride forever!

Here's a quick iPhone photo from my ride to work this morning:
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^ that's great. thanks for the updated pic.
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You may want to tilt that Brooks back a little, for more comfort. Most owners seem to like them best when they're level or the nose is just ever so slightly pointing upward.

Thanks for the pic!

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