I just did a little [iron]horse trading which moved a '96 Fisher Hoo Koo e Koo out of the stable and brought in a mid-70s vintage Motobecane Grand Jubilé.
It's complete and in pretty nice condition, ready-to-ride. Rear derailleur works, but the front is seized on the big ring. I'll give it a good once over this weekend, clean and lube to start. I don't have any intention to a resto on this, but I'd like it looking somewhere between Very Nice Condition and Very Good Condition.
The build has flat bars, Suntour Cyclone derailleurs, interesting MTB Dia-Compe brake levers, and Ideale 90 saddle, and an SR Apex crank. Frame sticker is beat up, but clearly indicates Reynolds, probably 531. Nothing fancy, and perfect for my intended "coffee shop cruiser" use.
The ride is casual and comfy-- it's shod with 32c cyclocross mid-knobbies-- and bearings seem to be running smoothly. Still, I'll probably pull this apart to clean and refurbish, so I'll be leaning on the forum for guidance, as I haven't had a real C&V bike (no, I don't count my '74 Schwinn Collegiate 5spd!) I've wanted to work on before, so I don't know much beyond nothing!
Any insights, tips, or info that anyone can share with me would be appreciated.
I gave it a cursory cleaning and adjustment, and grabbed a couple of pics just before the light faded: