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Old 07-10-15, 07:43 PM
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Accidental bike. First in 12 yrs....

So I have started looking into getting a bike. Preferably road or hybrid. I really don't know anything about bikes, but I'd love a little bit of a project as I work from home. I went into a barn tonight and found one. The photos I have, aren't great. I'll post more later though. If it seems worth it. Its a Motobecane made in France??



I'm looking for a project to learn on. Turn something into a fun ride. Could this be it?
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Old 07-10-15, 07:50 PM
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hi, moto is french...looks like a later one and there seems to be a lot of rust....price will determine if it is worth it.
It most likely will need a re-grease cables, and tires....cost of bike plus 100.00 for parts plus cost of labor for the tune. so get it cheap!
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Old 07-10-15, 07:57 PM
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It's free! I found it at a friends house. Still worth it?
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It all depends on how clean the paint is and whether the chrome rims can be cleaned up.
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It all depends on how clean the paint is and whether the chrome rims can be cleaned up.
Any advice on the best way to clean the rims? I was just told steel wool and wd40?
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free is always worth it as it costs you nothing and you will learn something along the way without costing you much.

that said,
i have about 8 free bikes in my shop- only 2 of them are worth fixing up. the rest are just parts...

steel wool will work on the rims- or cola and aluminum foil if you want to get fancy.
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Old 07-10-15, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
free is always worth it as it costs you nothing and you will learn something along the way without costing you much.

that said,
i have about 8 free bikes in my shop- only 2 of them are worth fixing up. the rest are just parts...

steel wool will work on the rims- or cola and aluminum foil if you want to get fancy.
Cola like soda?
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sure. like soda. that crap destroys iron (or iron oxide). ever put a nail in a glass of coke and watch it dissolve? funny we drink the stuff as its basically an industrial cleaner/solvent.
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sure. like soda. that crap destroys iron (or iron oxide). ever put a nail in a glass of coke and watch it dissolve? funny we drink the stuff as its basically an industrial cleaner/solvent.
Huh, I had no idea. I feel better about not drinking it. I may try to buy some though, for this.
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I'm going to disagree with some of the other posters... Even a free bike can be a bad deal. You could easily stick more money into this bike than it's worth getting it road worthy. Also, French bike = French threading (usually) which means that if the bottom bracket and/or headset are trashed you're looking at more expensive replacement parts since French threading is obsolete.

You said you were looking for a little project but I see a LOT of project here. I see lots of rust. I'm not trying to be a downer, and if you're willing to put in the time and money you could have a nice bike when you're done. But be prepared for a lot of work and at least $100 in parts to get it back in shape.

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whether the chrome rims can be cleaned up.
As a rule I don't use steel rims to begin with, and I would never bother cleaning up a set. Rusty steel rims? Straight to the trash. They're incredibly heavy, easily dented (in my experience), and have marginal braking power dry and NO braking power when wet. Used aluminum wheelsets are not that expensive, especially in the 27" size that I would not waste my time trying to clean up an inferior steel set.
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Personally, I would pass. But if you want to take it as a project, first make certain that the seatpost isn't stuck. Then check the stem. If both of those are functioning properly, next thing I'd do is remove all cables and housing, take off everything down to the bare frame and give it an oxalic acid bath. Lots of threads here describe the process. When that is done, you might wish to use Frame Saver or similar on the inside of the frame, especially if you will ride in the rain or store outside periodically.

I'd then look for a used set of alloy wheels. Those rims aren't worth the time/effort as described by FastJake above. He nailed it. Rusty steel rims suck. Cleaned-up steel rims look nicer and still suck. Need new tires and tubes also.

Clean up all the chrome, re-install BB with new bearings and grease, same with headset. Install new cables and housing, possibly brake pads too. Clean and lube the pivots on the derailers. Adjust everything.

It is a lot of work to do it right. You could skip a bunch of steps and still get a rideable bike, but I wouldn't.

Good luck in whatever you decide.
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If there's a tractor in the barn borrow a little diesel fuel. Get some goggles, rubber gloves, wire brushes, rags, & a plastic kitty litter pan. Have fun cleaning it up.
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what all you are saying is true: but if hes just wanting to try his hand at fixing up a bike- its a learning experience and might as well start with a free one. after spending time and cash on it- he could probably sell it for a bit less money than he put in but have learned a lot.
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Originally Posted by firstbikein12 View Post
Any advice on the best way to clean the rims? I was just told steel wool and wd40?
Chrome polish should be used afterward. That stuff makes it shine.
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Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
what all you are saying is true: but if hes just wanting to try his hand at fixing up a bike- its a learning experience and might as well start with a free one. after spending time and cash on it- he could probably sell it for a bit less money than he put in but have learned a lot.
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That was exactly the point.
I just really want to learn. Then one day get a good bike I know how to care for and work on.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
Chrome polish should be used afterward. That stuff makes it shine.
Do you know a good one at a fair price?
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Originally Posted by firstbikein12 View Post
Do you know a good one at a fair price?
Turtle Wax always worked well for me. Meguiar's, also.
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