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Old 03-18-13, 12:50 AM
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Help identifying model/year of Motobecane Bike

Hi All,

I have a 3-speed Motobecane bicycle whose paint and decals are badly worn. I want to know the model of the bike and the year, if possible. Here is what I know:
  • 3-speed
  • 27" rims
  • Weinmann brakes
  • Pryma leather seat
Attached are some pictures. Can anyone tell me the model/year of my bike?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-18-13, 02:35 AM
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Many people want to know How Old Is My Bike? and that is why I published that article. If your bike has a Strumey Archer rear hub, look for a two digit code stamped into the surface. That will indicate the year of the hub which will, probably, indicate the year the bicycle was manufactured.
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Motobecane did not catalog a 3 speed model, outside of the small wheeled, Riveria folding bicycle. Given that the subject bicycle has a chainring mounted guard as opposed to a full chain guard typically found on 3 speeds, I suspect this is a converted Motobecane Nobly. As further evidence, it has a chainstay mounted cable stop designed for a short length a cable, as used on derailleur equipped models. Though you can't see them in the pictures, I suspect it also has a set cable stops on the left hand side of the down tube for a front derailleur. This and paint markings on the seat tube from a front derailleur would clinch that it is a converted Nobly.

Of course, if it is a conversion, the hub cannot be used for dating purposes. Based on the headbadge design, this frame is very early 1970s or possibly even 1960s. What is the serial number?
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You are right. It is a Nobly. I couldn't understand the faded screenprinted decal, but now that you suggest that, I can definitely tell that it reads Nobly. Thanks for the tip. Re, the serial number, I'm not sure where to locate it, but there is a stamp above the bottom bracket: V4 3609. Underneath the bottom bracket is stamped: 609, 3, A1, respectively. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any thoughts on the year.

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Currently, we don't have a handle on decoding the Motobecane serial numbers. I am just starting to collect them in the hope that I can make some sense out of them.
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