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Old 02-02-15, 07:49 PM
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Motobecane Grand Touring

Hi I have a motobecane grand touring bike, looks to be late 1960's? It in a cool yellow with a little patina. I found this ont he side of the road and cleaned it up and placed new tires on it. Components all look original or time period correct at least. I was hoping to get more information about the bike and maybe suggestions to the price.

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Probably more like late 70's with braze on cable guides and cotterless cranks. You'll need better photos, outoors if possible. If in a metro market, clean paint, good chrome, a fully overhauled and refurbished bike with new cables, housing, bearings, tires, etc., $250 +/- 10%. More in the spring.
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That stem looks a little high.

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Hello,
Nice score, you did not mention type of brakes or other equipment....in any event a very nice score and yellow may not be so common... depending on your area I would say an easy 200 to 250.00.
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Motobecane stopped placing the braze-on rear brake cable guides along the side of the top tube after the 1976 model. According to their catalog specs, there was no yellow Grand Touring in 1975 or 1976 (that might vary by country though). The following link has scans of Motobecane catalogs from 1970 to 1985. The catalog specs from 1975 to 1970 don't indicate color options, but you might be able to identify the year of your bike by comparing component specs, if your components are at least partially original.

bulgier.net - /pics/bike/catalogs/Motobecane/
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Thanks, I will take a few more pictures when I finish up other work and find a good camera. I'm not familiar with the brand but it seems to be in business today. I found this on ebay, needless to say the guy is a dreamer with that price... 1969 Motobecane Grand Touring Road Pivo Leather Saddle Stronglight Mafac French | eBay
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The Motobecane bikes you see today aren't made by the same company. The original French company went bankrupt in 1981 and was purchased by Yamaha. The bikes are now made in Taiwan.
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MAFAC racer brakes. Looks like perhaps a Stronglight 63 crank set. Pivo stem. The smaller type face on the down tube. I'd say 1970 to 72.
Nice bike.

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BTW. Bianchigirll is 100 percent right.
You stem is dangerously high. You need another inch sunk in the steerer tube.. At least.

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Thanks for telling me that the stem looks weird I did not know they can be adjusted...Not sure how to lower the stem, would i remove the bolt on the top of the stem? Do I loosen the rings around the head tube?
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BTW. Bianchigirll is 100 percent right.
You stem is dangerously high. You need another inch sunk in the steerer tube.. At least.
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Originally Posted by Pgavindonnelly
Thanks for telling me that the stem looks weird I did not know they can be adjusted...Not sure how to lower the stem, would i remove the bolt on the top of the stem? Do I loosen the rings around the head tube?
Loosen the bolt at the top, not all the way. Tap the top to break it loose. You will then be able to adjust.

Based on the equipment, probably 72 or 73. Crank looks to be a Stronglight 49, Huret shifters and derailleurs. I had a blue one like this. Nice riding bike.
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Are you the Motobecane god? But really, thank you thats really informative and I'm impressed with one quick photo you matched this bike so well. Kudos man!!
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Motobecane stopped placing the braze-on rear brake cable guides along the side of the top tube after the 1976 model. According to their catalog specs, there was no yellow Grand Touring in 1975 or 1976 (that might vary by country though). The following link has scans of Motobecane catalogs from 1970 to 1985. The catalog specs from 1975 to 1970 don't indicate color options, but you might be able to identify the year of your bike by comparing component specs, if your components are at least partially original.

bulgier.net - /pics/bike/catalogs/Motobecane/
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How about some better pics? Looks to be in very nice condition. Maybe some close up shots, outside, but not in direct sunlight.
Maybe bright shade.
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Ill throw some up this weekend when the snow melts a little more..
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/131254637@N06/

I took a several photos but I'm having trouble getting them uploadded to this site. Here is my bike on the flicker photo share page. I added the chrome fenders for the fun of it. Not sure if they will stay. I also was hoping to ask someone what to do about the brake lever handles, they seem to be dry rotted. Are there replacements? I do not want to update the handle bar grip tape, it is in great shape and original...
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/131254637@N06/

I took a several photos but I'm having trouble getting them uploadded to this site. Here is my bike on the flicker photo share page. I added the chrome fenders for the fun of it. Not sure if they will stay. I also was hoping to ask someone what to do about the brake lever handles, they seem to be dry rotted. Are there replacements? I do not want to update the handle bar grip tape, it is in great shape and original...
Yeah...lose the fenders. They detract from the bike. However a nice set of full fenders would look good.

When you say brake lever handles, I assume you mean the small pads on the top of the levers. Those can be bought but typically are not cheap. If you are not obsessed with keeping the bike original, look for some Weinman levers to replace them. I understand Cane Creek hoods fit them just fine.

This is a thread where the poster renewed his hoods
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