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'71-'72 Motobecane Grand Record A Good Buy?

Old 09-26-13, 09:50 PM
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'71-'72 Motobecane Grand Record A Good Buy?

Hi! I'm new to this forum and just beginning to learn about vintage bikes. Recently I cam across this Grand Record on ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-MOTO...vip=true&rt=nc

The auction is over, it didn't sell for the buy-it-now price of $385, and it just so happens that I will be driving through the seller's location this weekend. I contacted him, and he said I could come by and look at it.

I have gathered from other threads that this is a good model, and has high-quality components... and it's beautiful. It needs some work, though (expensive?), and I'm not sure how to evaluate the state of the wheels. Any advice would be much appreciated!
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If you can get it for $300 go for it.
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It looks like it needs some work. Negatives: It needs new hoods, pads, tires, cables, needs a complete overhaul, Nervar crank (while nice, not as desirable as a TA) Pivo stem which is prone to cracking, flat spots on rim, cheap seatpost, French threading. Positives: Phil Wood hubs, campy drivetrain, brooks professional, 531 frame.

From how it is set up, it looks impossible to ride. Seller has only 2 feedback.

Unless you know what you are doing, this could be a money trap.

I would wait on something in better condition.
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I would say if it is local for you and the seller will come down on some price it might be alright.
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Thanks for the responses. I think I'm going to be patient and wait for a bike that needs less work — or for my mechanical skills to improve significantly!
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If that bike is your size, I would say go for it. What better way to learn some wrenching skills than on a nice bike? The Park Tools website has everything explained quite well in video form....
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
If that bike is your size, I would say go for it. What better way to learn some wrenching skills than on a nice bike? The Park Tools website has everything explained quite well in video form....
Hey, thanks for the encouragement. I didn't end up getting this particular bike, but I'm going to keep looking. In the mean time, I have a rattly old mixte to practice working on, so I will definitely be checking out those Park Tools videos.
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