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A clunker challenge candidate gets a rehab,1973 Motobecane Mirage

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A clunker challenge candidate gets a rehab,1973 Motobecane Mirage

Old 03-17-18, 12:30 AM
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A clunker challenge candidate gets a rehab,1973 Motobecane Mirage

I gave some thought to using this bike in the clunker challenge since it only cost me $35 back in 2015. As it turned out I was too busy for the challenge and this bike was too small and now that it's done it would have exceeded both my time to get it rideable and the $100 limit. My best guess on costs since most items were in the parts bin.
• Chain KMC z51 $8
• Cables and housing $8
• Tires Kenda K35 $30
• Tubes and rim strips 8.50
• Bearings and lube $2?
• Sunrace RD $10
• Brake pads $16 (kool stop)


This is one of the dirtiest bikes I have ever rehabbed, I don't think it was cleaned in 30 years, filthy. I have been working to clear the out bike projects and wanted to finish and pass this bike on before it reached the 3 year mark in the queue.

Before (As found)
as found MB Mirage by Ryan Surface, on Flickr

During (tear down)
IMG_1521 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr

After - Finished
IMG_2891 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr

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Old 03-17-18, 12:50 AM
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Looks quite nice. The green really came out.
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Old 03-17-18, 06:19 AM
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Whoa! That was my first real 10 speed, same color, same year. Almost all original except for the replaced RD. That bike got me excited about cycling and touring. I saved up and bought a Grand Touring model a couple years later. The Motobecanes of that era were wonderful, beautiful bikes. Nice.
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Old 03-17-18, 10:42 AM
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Thanks @Narhay I like to use Meguairs 3 step process on paint, they did some nice pin stripping even on this upper entry level bike back in the day
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@veloz I once rehabbed a Nomade and found on the test ride that its 23 inch frame fit like a glove so I searched for about 2 years until I found a similar size Grand Touring, its rideable but needs some TLC.

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I spy with my little eye a Seattle Craigslist posting offering a certain green sparkly Motobecane!
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You are correct! @Aubergine, or course its entirely the wrong season for it but its done and I could use the space not to mention some pocket change

As I worked on this I marveled at the detail MB put into a 3rd from the bottom bike and I am going to miss that lovely french curved fork.
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