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80s Motobecane Grand Touring

Old 07-29-14, 10:09 PM
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80s Motobecane Grand Touring

Hello everyone, this is my first post. I just found what I assume to be a good deal on a vintage 80s Motobecane Grand Touring. It's my size and seems to be a good fit for what I'm looking for, (light touring and commuting). The only problem is that I can't seem to find any information about the bike online; when I search for 80s grand Tourings nothing that looks like this shows up. Can anyone help me figure what year this bike is, and whether it's a good deal for an old touring bike, and maybe some more information on the frame? Any info at all would be helpful. Thanks!

Vintage Motobecane Grand Touring Road Bike * Made in FRANCE *
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Old 07-29-14, 10:42 PM
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Yea it's a good price, if it fits you. Major work is needed to get it in good shape though, disassembly, cleaning greasing, bar tape, brake pads, so on. If you cannot do the work yourself its gonna be expensive.
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Old 07-30-14, 03:09 AM
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It's a nice bike at a fair price... decent tubing, and the fact that it has downtube shifters instead of the junky stem-shifters denotes a higher standing in their product lineup.

I'm not a huge fan of French bikes though, and I own a Motobecane. The bottom bracket will likely be Swiss threaded which makes replacement difficult if you damage the cups (although IRD fortunately makes a modern cartridge BB that would work). That's the biggest concern, most of the components are Japanese and more or less standard on the old Moto's. Stem and headset are the only other likely non standard sized parts. Lots of good articles about French bikes on the Sheldon Brown site, highly suggest you read it over so you know what you are getting into. French Bicycles and French Bikes

French bikes are known for having a unique personality, so you may want to read up on that as well.
https://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2011/...endell-vs.html
https://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2012/...ate-lines.html

Also, don't confuse it with an actual touring bike, they mean touring in a different context than loading the bike down with 80 pounds of gear and riding for days on end. That said, you can tour on anything, but this isn't a "touring bike" in the way that a Surly LHT or Trek 520 is.

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Old 07-30-14, 10:58 AM
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I agree with what has been said in the above posts.

I have a '79 Grand Touring and it is a nice ride. In your case it will be fine for LIGHT touring, commuting or just riding along.
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If it were in my neighborhood, it would be gone.
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Still available. If that were my size and in my area, I'd be on it. It looks to be in super clean condition with low miles (zero brake marks on front rim). Should the bearings be repacked? Yes. Tires and bar tape replaced? Yes. Other than that, you could most likely lube the cables and chain and be done for this year. If it does need brake pads, they are super easy to replace and not very expensive. Dia comp grey matter pads are around $10 for 4 pads.
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I offered the guy $100 and he said he'd take it, so I'll probably pick it up this weekend. The only thing is, this bike just popped up on CL, a 1988 Trek 560, Trek 560 Touring Bike which is also my size, (this guy said he'd take ($200) so now I'm having second thoughts. Would I be better off going with the trek? Sure it's twice as much, but it's chromoly steel, American, and likely much easier to find parts for/rebuild. I just don't know if the racy profile of the 560 would be difficult to ride for longer trips, 75+ miles. What are your thoughts?
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The Motobecane has a chrome moly frame and fork also. I wouldn't sweat the whole replacement parts thing. French bikes are different, but there's plenty of info out there about how to address those differences. The only thing I would be on the lookout for is if it had a swiss bottom bracket. Even if it did, you can still get a replacement if needed.
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