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Old 07-16-18, 08:43 AM
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Livefish
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Bikes: Motobècane Le Champion 1974, Motobècane Grand Record 1974-75, Motobècane Grand Record 1970-72, Motobècane 15 Special 1977, Motobècane Nomade 1974-76, Motobècane Mirage mixte 1977, Alan Super Record 1980, Umberto Dei Marca Oro C 1941

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Originally Posted by rickpaulos View Post
Motobecane mixte framed bike in yellow. Nearly all parts have been replace to make date/identify by those pointless.
Mirage or Nomad? No model name anywhere to be seen. After looking at a 1974 catalog specs page on line, I conclude it's a Mirage. 1020 tubing, chrome fork ends, available in a mixte frame. Poor paint. What looks like scum won't come off. rotting paint? ...upgrades to the bike include sealed bb, un-named alloy crank, shimano qr hubs with araya/ukai 27" rims, shimano r der, suntour lever and front der. Avocet seat, flat bars, sr stem. Has weinman brakes but are those original?
I'm pretty certain you're correct about this being a Mirage. The chromed fork crown and socks exclude the Nomade. However the down tube logo script style, lower quality yellow paint and the large seat tube decal make it pre 1973 (1970-72). Starting in 1974 the catalog shows all U.S. import models with the smaller seat tube decal and the heavier down tube logo. Your bike matches the 1970-72 catalog.
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