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Old 08-12-19, 01:51 PM
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New bike day (maybe)!

So someone wants to get rid of a bike they got in the 1970s, and I'll probably end up picking it up this evening. I'm not sure what it is. It says Motobecane on it, and it definitely has a frame and more than one wheel. Might be a Nomade..? I dunno. Pics to follow, probably.
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Sounds like something to get excited about.
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So it did turn out to be a new bike day. And it was a Nomade.



Weighs just over 30 pounds as shown. Maybe I'll get it below the 30lb threshold by removing the bent kickstand.

The guy says he got the bike in '72 or '73... based on the Huret Challenger derailleur, I think he's likely guessing a year or two early. The Huret Challenger seems to have come out in 1974 (?), and the first Motobecane catalog where the Nomade has it is the 1975 model year.



The freewheel is, unfortunately, seized. The bottom bracket is the opposite of seized, it's got some rattle.



"Weinmann 610 Vainqueur 999" is a remarkably long model name to scribble on a faceplate.



Someone installed a cheese grater where the rim goes.





I need some help with the BB shell number. Is it 609 or 609? Super useful information!

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I worked on the rear wheel today.

Despite the freewheel being seized, it was far from seized to the hub. With only a moderate tug on my big crescent wrench, it broke loose and spun right off.

The freewheel is a French-threaded SunTour. Funky. Dribbling a bit of Tri-Flow at it got things moving. But, the bearing is somewhat loose. I tried and failed to open the freewheel up with a pin spanner, and I don't have a punch, so... I guess it's time for me to get a punch.

I attacked the rim with some aluminum foil and diet coke. Here's a before and after:



I didn't get things spotless, but it's a definite improvement!
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On a entry level Moto I wouldn't hesitate to get some Alloy wheels which would take care of your French FW issue/challenge and the cheese grater rims, plus they are lighter and stop better in the rain. 27" wheels can be found on Amazon (wheelsmith) or Velomine (Sun rims). Have fun with the project those 70s French bikes ride smooth - I think it has something to do with that lovely curved fork. I restored an early 70s Mirage last year and car wax really brought out the shine in its paint. Nice Score OP.



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So it did turn out to be a new bike day. And it was a Nomade.


The blue is gorgeous. A sharp looking bike 100%. Hope it cleans up nice.
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Well done. It looks like a worthwhile project.
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On a entry level Moto I wouldn't hesitate to get some Alloy wheels which would take care of your French FW issue/challenge and the cheese grater rims, plus they are lighter and stop better in the rain.
I've thought about it. For the time being, I want to keep this relatively minimal... If I do put new wheels together, I might re-space the rear end and also switch to 700c.

The freewheel resisted my efforts to service it today, though. The cone is stuck tight.
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I've thought about it. For the time being, I want to keep this relatively minimal... If I do put new wheels together, I might re-space the rear end and also switch to 700c.

The freewheel resisted my efforts to service it today, though. The cone is stuck tight.
You might be able to source a used rear 27" wheel from Bike works fairly cheaply if the cup continues to be an issue and you can probably find a standard metric threaded one that will take a standard metric FW (ie not French) they tend to have wheels in the warehouse iirc.
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