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want to know if this Motobecane looks like a good buy

Old 08-30-12, 01:19 PM
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want to know if this Motobecane looks like a good buy

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/bik/3238768630.html

is this a good deal?


I am going to have a look at it tonight but just wanted to get some feedback from people here .. thanks
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It looks like a mid-70s GT with some upgrades (Nervar Star crank?). Hard to tell much from the photos, but it looks like a good buy to me.
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Old 08-30-12, 01:40 PM
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Reynolds 520 sticker says not top of the line, lack of stem shifters and suicide levers says probably not bottom of the line. I would say see if it fits you and give it a ride to see how well it rides (and what needs done), but the flat tires (and apparent lack of desire to fix them by the seller) indicates a test ride is out.
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1020 steel. mirage? the gts were often vitus.

offer $100, and if you get it for $120, it's a deal (neither good nor bad imo).

the most important thing is size. at 52cm, it's on the small side.
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52cm is perfect for me.. even though I am 5'8" I have a 28 inch inseam so I went out looking for a 50-52 specifically .. thanks for the responses.. this is going to start out as my back up bike to replace one that was stolen a few months back.. and possibly see some upgrades and/or restoration into a daily commuter
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Originally Posted by eschlwc View Post
1020 steel. mirage? the gts were often vitus.

offer $100, and if you get it for $120, it's a deal (neither good nor bad imo).

the most important thing is size. at 52cm, it's on the small side.
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Oh, did I misread the sticker on the seattube?
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
Oh, did I misread the sticker on the seattube?
Yes, that's a 1020 (high ten steel) label.

Likely hard to find anything in SF at that price point, so it is probably a reasonable price. In other markets, probably high. Check the discussion on the Motobecane Nomad (similar model). Lively discussion where some feel it will bring $300.

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It's very hard to tell the condition from the pics. From looking at Moto's recently a lot I would say it is mid-range, standard Moto from the late 70's.
I like them. A few people seem to be a bit sceptical of them (mainly because of non standard parts).
Go for it if it fits!


Take some better pics for us when you get it

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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Yes, that's a 1020 (high ten steel) label.
Ah, I must have just seen the __20 and had my mind fill in a 5 and call it reynolds before I looked any closer. whoops.
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