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Motobecane Super Mirage (made in France) 1979?

Old 06-19-13, 03:12 PM
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Motobecane Super Mirage (made in France) 1979?

Motobecane Super Mirage

Made in France

Suntour shifters, RD. (I replaced the FD with an old shimano.)
New tires, bar tape.
Brakes: Weinmann 610 Vanoueur 999 centre pulls
No name seat.
Paint chipping on frame, mostly on chainstays.
Gold bmx pedals (wellgo).
Everything runs smoothly.
Could use new cables.

I would welcome suggestions for cheap modifications to make it more desireable:
Remove front reflector? remove rack? add fenders? change pedals?

...or don't bother?

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Old 06-19-13, 07:57 PM
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What's the goal, to sell it or keep it as a rider?
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Old 06-20-13, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
What's the goal, to sell it or keep it as a rider?
Sell it.

I commuted on it for a while until I got a newer road bike. I kept it for the wife but she doesn't like it any more. I don't use it much any more and I don't like a bike to collect dust.

The goal is to sell it and apply the $ towards a smaller-framed, lighter hybrid for the wife, cuz that's what she wants.
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Old 06-20-13, 10:42 AM
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As shown, that's a $70-$80 bike IMHO. Cleaned up, you can get low $225 - $250. Mixte Super Mirages bring a higher price than a diamond frame, but I've sold those in NYC area for $300-$325.

Buff up the bike! Mother's aluminum polish the brakes, cranks, hub, stem, levers, seatpost. If the wheels or chrome have rust, clean that off as well. Clean or replace the bar tape. New pedals needed as you pointed out. New cables and white cable housing. Get a decent new or newish saddle, preferably white.

Take some great photos.
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Old 06-20-13, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
As shown, that's a $70-$80 bike IMHO. Cleaned up, you can get low $225 - $250. Mixte Super Mirages bring a higher price than a diamond frame, but I've sold those in NYC area for $300-$325.

Buff up the bike! Mother's aluminum polish the brakes, cranks, hub, stem, levers, seatpost. If the wheels or chrome have rust, clean that off as well. Clean or replace the bar tape. New pedals needed as you pointed out. New cables and white cable housing. Get a decent new or newish saddle, preferably white.

Take some great photos.
I like the way you think. Clean, Buff + cables, seat, pedals. (The gold BMX pedals are hilarious, but should go.)

What about paint chips on the chainstays that are starting to rust? I don't want to go through the work of a full frame-repaint. Touch up or just clean up and leave as-is? It would be a lot of work for little extra $.
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On the chain side, clean with alchohol and put a piece of elec tape in black or silver. There are vinyl appliques for the purpose, but lately they're all clear.

Don't worry about the kickstand side.

Don't know Canadian pricing, but white saddles can be had here for $18.00 US.
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Definately service all bearings and adjust so they turn smoothly, not too tight where you can feel bearings turning. Trued rims and adjusted brakes all show responsibility and care. As for making it more desireable, are you trying for top dollar? I love my Super Mirage and have the conviction it will never be Italian or carry any premium otherwise. They are desireable to vintage frenchie lovers like ourselves.
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I would say if your goal is to sell at good price clean up nicely adjust and lube bearings true wheels and new bartape. I would also take the rack off and sell separetly or keep it won't add to the selling price. I wouldn't spend money on upgrades or changes you won't get you money back. Nicely tuned clean ready to ride French 70's bike like this go for around $200 in most markets.
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Just as a follow up:

BB repacked recently, bearings good too. Brake pads and tires were new-ish but generic.
Wheels were true.
Shined it up really well and made sure everything worked well.
Replaced pedals with old vintage shiny ones from the co op. Sanded and paint-touched some of the dings, (Testors model paint, not a perfect match at all, but prevents rust.)
I put new cables/housings/saddle (all white) total investment $36. All tuned up and ready to go.
Sold for my asking price (230) in less than a day. Threw in the old pedals/rack/bell because the guy was a good guy. If he bailed, there were about 10 more interested in picking it up that day.
(I got it on a smoking deal on consignment 5 years ago: 30 bucks)
Wife bought a newer hybrid same day for $200. (Marin San Rafael)

Anyways, thanks for all your advice above!!

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Nice job cleaning it up and good photos. I'll bet your bride loves her new bike too. Congrats.

Just curious since you are in Vancouver and it was a small frame, did the buyer happen to be Asian?
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Nice job cleaning it up and good photos. I'll bet your bride loves her new bike too. Congrats.

Just curious since you are in Vancouver and it was a small frame, did the buyer happen to be Asian?
lol, solid guess around here, but not this time. White dude, 30 ish. 80's Civic Wagovan shuttle thing with 'real-time 4wd'.
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