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'79 Motobecane Grand Jubilee

Old 07-13-20, 07:26 PM
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'79 Motobecane Grand Jubilee

So I finally acknowledge that my vintage 25" mens GJ is not something I should be atop after 2 hip replacements. This bike has never been hit, is in immaculate original condition, and just sitting collecting dust. What could it be worth to someone who really appreciates the workmanship and condition? Thanks for any input!
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Raise the seatpost and mount a period correct saddle. Flip the bike around and take the nicest photos you can manage of the drive side. Make it look like it's ready to ride. If you're in a place with biking infrastructure, you can list locally and cash in on the bike boom. If not, you might want to choose a national audience (ebay).

These Vitus 172 Motos from this period are super nice frames, capable of anything.

$200-$500
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Thanks, I knew the seat was gonna look out of place...wore through the original and replaced with this one.
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Old 07-14-20, 06:56 AM
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I found this on line too, thank you so much for sharing!
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I agree with the above, replace that saddle. Also raise the saddle to at least one fist height.

The brake cable loops should pass behind the bars, not before them as they are now.

The large size is a negative, because the correct rider is 6'2" and above. A more limited population.

At that size, and in my DC market, it's about a $320 bike. I sold one in 58cm, red with bar end shifters for $340 (I can't recall) last fall before COVID shortages and increased demand drove prices up.
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Ok, raised the seat , but I'll let the new owner pick a new saddle to their own liking. Flipped the bike around for pics...she cleaned up real nice. Not sure how those cables got under overed, made adjustment.

About the size and height of the rider...hmmm...this was my bike, and I'm 5'10'' tall. Had no problem riding it all these years. Maybe it's how long your legs are, and not how tall you are...
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To help sell the bike, I would raise the saddle to be at least a couple inches higher than the handlebars. Look at other road bike posted.
This is how a good fit will end up being. If shoppers see the saddle slammed down that low, they are going to assume the seller does not know this, and that adds other assumptions, such as seller does not know how to take care of a bike over time. That drops interest of potential buyers.

I am 5 10 and if I were looking for a bike to buy, I would be very interested in this bike, but would see that it is far too big for me and I would move on to the next bike. This is not really for someone 5 10.

Also, almost any road type saddle will give a better impression than the comfort saddle that is on there. You could get a $20 road saddle from walmart on there, or ask the LBS what they have sitting around to sell cheap.
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Originally Posted by PJay120 View Post
To help sell the bike, I would raise the saddle to be at least a couple inches higher than the handlebars. Look at other road bike posted.
This is how a good fit will end up being. If shoppers see the saddle slammed down that low, they are going to assume the seller does not know this, and that adds other assumptions, such as seller does not know how to take care of a bike over time. That drops interest of potential buyers.

I am 5 10 and if I were looking for a bike to buy, I would be very interested in this bike, but would see that it is far too big for me and I would move on to the next bike. This is not really for someone 5 10.

Also, almost any road type saddle will give a better impression than the comfort saddle that is on there. You could get a $20 road saddle from walmart on there, or ask the LBS what they have sitting around to sell cheap.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this...I appreciate the input.
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