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    Opinions needed on Raliegh-Motobecane road bike. Quickly please!

    I saw a decent condition Raleigh-Motobecane road bike or maybe its a touring bike in my local pawnshop. It's priced at $100. Stickers are in French. It looks like steel frame to me but I didn't bring a magnet so I couldn't really tell. Its fairly light and best of all, it fits me just fine.
    It has few scratches here and there (but nothing really bad) and it has the usual flat tires. Brakes seems to work fine also ( I didn't ride it).
    Will this be a good commuter/touring bike? Is the price good enough or should I just save for a new touring/commuter bike?
    Thanks in advance!

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    Anyone?

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    I don't know. I've found that whenever I see a bike at a thrift store, if I don't buy it immediately... then it's too late. For an older general 10 speed type bike, I'd pay $100 if it was ridable and at the time and fits me. If not ridable, then around $40, depending on the condition of the frame.

    How tall are you? If you are over 6 feet tall, a good fitting bike doesn't come up as often.

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    I'm 5'7". This one fits as far as the stand over height and handle bar reach goes. ' thought its a good bike for all around use. Safe from bike theives, since its raggedy looking as it is. ' wish they'll let me ride it tomorrow so I can get a good feel.
    Thanks for responding.

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    suicide levers? stem shifters? stamped dropouts? three piece cranks? french or raleigh specific threading? cottered cranks?

    answers should be: no, no, no, yes, no, no.

    then it might be worth the price. otherwise definitely not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlupfer
    suicide levers? stem shifters? stamped dropouts? three piece cranks? french or raleigh specific threading? cottered cranks?

    answers should be: no, no, no, yes, no, no.

    then it might be worth the price. otherwise definitely not.
    Unfortunately, I don't know what some of those means (I'm just getting into cycling), except the shifter (its on the downtube) and cranks (I thought I saw three). It has a toggle brake levers that runs underneath the handle bars and it has French decals, so the threading might be French.

    I'm thinking now, that if upgrading (BB, cranks, deraillures, rims...) will be a pain to do, I think I'll pass on this one.

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    Actually, vintage motobecanes are swiss thread in the bottom bracket. French thread bottom brackets are easy to replace by comparison. Later asian motobecanes are standard BSC thread. As are most all Raleigh Road bikes, unless you're talking about something really, really old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poguemahone
    Actually, vintage motobecanes are swiss thread in the bottom bracket. French thread bottom brackets are easy to replace by comparison. Later asian motobecanes are standard BSC thread. As are most all Raleigh Road bikes, unless you're talking about something really, really old.
    now you're just being pedantic english thread. that's what you want. 1.37" x 24tpi and turns the wrong way on one side.

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    There's no such bike as a Raleigh-Motobecane. They were two separate companies having nothing to do with one another, save for the fact that they both made bicycles.
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    Hhmm.....could it be a franken bike (put together from parts)? At this point I think I'll pass on this one. The price ain't too great anyway.

    Thanks for the input everyone!
    Last edited by DVC45; 03-13-07 at 12:37 AM.

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