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Back in 1976 I bought a brand new Motobecane Grand Jubile, the hang tag on the bike at the dealer said $477, I walked out the door that day with the bike with a Pletcher stand and rear rack, plus a Huret belt driven cyclometer for $502.99 It was in mid October, I remember only getting a few chances to ride it before the weather turned that year. The following year I put maybe 900 miles on it. I bought a car around that time and the bike sat, eventually getting passed around in my family for about 20 years or so. I got it back a few years ago, went through the whole bike, and listed it on CL for $525 in good riding shape. The paint was mint, the wheels were original, (Weinmann, and the original Suntour Cyclone derailleurs were still on the bike. The Huret cyclometer read 1,400 miles but had lost its belt at some point. I had torn the bike completely down, replaced the tires and tubes, all the cables and housings and gave it some new red bar tape. After a couple of months on CL, it sold for $425 cash to a guy who drove over 400 miles to get it.
They were good bikes, a solid mid range model that competed with the Raleigh Super Course, Schwinn Letour, Nishiki International, and other similarly priced bikes. They were the first jump up in price in most lineups, that year the GJ was #4 from the top of the line, or I believe 3rd from the bottom if you want to look at it that way.
Personally, I never bothered with models any higher up the food chain, the way I looked at it was that the top models usually came with tubular tires, not something I ever cared to deal with, sometimes the two top models had tubs. The next models generally had Campy components, which to me, were more costly, but not necessarily that much better compared to what the mid grade bikes had. A few ounces here and there didn't mean much to me since I didn't race. To be honest, any bike over the smallest size frame never came close to the advertised weight in the brochures anyway, and me, a big guy, with big concerns about breaking fragile lightweight parts preferred to have a bike I could trust. The cool paint scemes on the Motobecane GJ was a good bit of what made up my mind. The bike was very similar to a Raleigh Super Course right next to it. The GJ had better dropouts, nicer lugs, a mine was a classy champagne silver with red trim. The other color was black with red trim but the dealer didn't have any in that color in my size. (All the black bikes they had were '77 models for more money, the rims had been made narrower on the new models I preferred the earlier rim style and the $10 cheaper price). The following spring, I went back and bought the then left over red Raleigh Super Course that was next to it, the dealer was retiring and had a sale going, so I got it at a discount. I still own the Raleigh, and its rolled over its Huret Multito several times, mostly back in the day but I'll likely never sell that one.
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