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Old 11-18-15, 03:53 PM
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Super rare vintage Motobecane with custom aero downtube

Picked this one up the other day. Seller clearly didn't know what he had. Hah! I love taking advantage of ignorant bike flippahs. I've read on the internets that this model won several stage races due to its superior aerodynamics. Those French designers are brilliant! Too bad it's not my size as I'll just be forced to sell it for top dollar.



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Old 11-18-15, 04:08 PM
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It belongs in a museum.
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I'm afraid it may have got caught in the big fan at the wind tunnel when they were testing the aerodynamics.
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Not fast enough to outrun the rust bug. Funny stuff, man.
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That'll buff right out.

But seriously, would it be fun to try building it up with putty, sanding and then painting?
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If you decide to part it out, I'd be interested in the drive side pedal reflector retaining nuts..

And maybe the plastic nut for the rear wheel reflector.

And one link from the chain.

and a shipping quote to 98296
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Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
If you decide to part it out, I'd be interested in the drive side pedal reflector retaining nuts..

And maybe the plastic nut for the rear wheel reflector.

And one link from the chain.

and a shipping quote to 98296
Sorry, I only ship to outside of the CONUS.
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The PO had problems with his Flickstand always slipping down on his small diameter French tubing DT...... so the great idea for a kewhl quick fix with a pair of channel locks!
Boy, was he bummed out when it eventually cracked and fell off shortly after the Simplex Prestige Delrin RD did on the road a few years later.....
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Sorry, I only ship to outside of the CONUS.
It's my size too.

Maybe I can get it sent to me through clubman - or better yet, through Randy.
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I would like to buy your bike but I will be out of country on business. I will send a $1,000 check which you should cash and pay $400 to my agent who will come to your house to take delivery of the bike. Please confirm.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
That'll buff right out.

But seriously, would it be fun to try building it up with putty, sanding and then painting?
my first garbage bike was bondo'ed. though i learned valuable skills of patience (and max bondo depth), i wouldn't wish that on anyone. it's a slow, painful process.
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Bad design. It's only aero to crosswinds.
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I need a bike like that for yard art but I doubt I can afford it as it so rare and valuable.
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Needs some "speed holes"...
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I think I'd be a little worried about your "bike flipper".

Somewhere there was a video about stealing a bike using a long bar shoved into the lock. I didn't see it tonight. But, this is a similar method.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDOk3cnUKdY

Anyway, that double crimp look awfully like someone broke a U-Lock by twisting it off of the bike.
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I need a bike like that for yard art but I doubt I can afford it as it so rare and valuable.
I have one word for you.....Huffy.
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Old 11-19-15, 06:59 AM
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Not to worry--no flippahs were harmed in the acquisition of this bike.
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Rare French folding 10 speed. Folded once $400 obo.
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Rare French folding 10 speed. Folded once $400 obo.
Ah, perhaps it's actually the uber rare Motobecane Origami bike, made very briefly for the Japanese market.

I am afraid, however, that it is not for sale.

Currently taking offers.
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I think you need to do a complete tear down re-build before you flip it. That way, you will know its safe and will be able to "sleep at night". I would just put a bottle and cage over the small, non-critical dent in the down tube.
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I think you need to do a complete tear down re-build before you flip it. That way, you will know its safe and will be able to "sleep at night". I would just put a bottle and cage over the small, non-critical dent in the down tube.
Sorry, but I'm afraid I'll hurt my back when I lift it onto my work stand. I'll give it a good cleaning with the hose.
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Yeah, just put a Campagnolo decal over it!
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Those crimps are hilarious. Also hilarious are the facts that (1) I would not ride it, but (2) if someone were to ride it, it would probably be safe enough, horrible as it looks.
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Looks like it would make a good bike for downhill racing.
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