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Old 03-11-18, 12:11 PM
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depending on the condition of the motobecane, it probably will be a better bike than a new bike you can get for a reasonable price. My current road bike has a frame I built in 1980. But the only contemporaneous part on the frame is the headset. Which I need to overhaul.

There is nothing wrong with a bike made in the '70s. I rode my first year of randonneuring with my racing bike that I had ridden as my main bike since the early '80s. That bike had a lot of miles on it, many more than the bike I'm riding now.

Does the motobecane have simplex dropouts? That is one thing that I would hesitate over. I have tapped many a simplex dropout to take a modern derailleur, but a lot of people hate that idea.
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