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    Does anyone know what a motorbikane 10 speed bike is?

    Does anyone know what a motorbikane 10 speed bike is?It's made in france.

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    It's probably a motobecane. I've heard some good things and some bad things about them. Unfortunately I don't have any experience with them. Do a search for motobecane.
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    Ir's certainly a MOTOBECANE, and in the '80s they were fine--my first serious bike was a Motobecane Gran Jubilee, a lugged steel frame with Campy components. I did my first century on it and a lot of riding for five or six years until I destroyed it in a crash. I have an Atlantis and Rambouillet now, but I still think back fondly to the Moto.
    If it's really a TEN-speed, and you're not just using that to mean "standard road bike," then it will date from about the mid-'80s or earlier. I can't remember when the world changed from five- to six-speed freewheels, but seems to me it was about then. May also have Maillard Helicomatic hubs and freewheel, which have been out of production and are really hard to get parts for now.
    I have no idea what's going on with Motobecane now. I don't think I've seen a new one in several years, but I don't pay much attention, so I could be wrong. If it's an older bike, it will probably have French parts, which didn't fit anything else in the world. The BB threading was different, for instance, and the stem diameter was 22.0 mm at a time when everyone else in the world used 22.2, so you couldn't interchange them. As somebody else suggested, Sheldon Brown will have more information.

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    Motobecane was a French Company, the bikes are very good quality, particular;y in regards to the paint and compnents. Motobecane was the first French company to make the change from expensive and unreliable Euro components to the better and cheaper Japanese components.

    If it is a 10 speed, it will be no older than around 80 or 81. I think they went 12 speed around 1981 or 1982. The models will range from standard entry-level French bike boom bikes to top end racing bikes. From around 1975 (or so) forward Motobecane abandoned French threading. Bottom brackets were Swiss thread, and can be replaced by Phil Wood bottom brackets if necessary.

    Motobecane went bankrupt around 1984, and was out of business by 1985 or 1986. There is a company currently making bikes in Taiwan that bought the Motobecane name and logo, but other than that, there is absolutely no connection between the former Motobecane (which now manufactures scooters in Europe under the MBK name) and the current Motobecane.

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    What could this woman on the 1977 Motobecane Grand Touring be looking for??

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