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Old 04-08-07, 07:37 PM
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Motobecane Siblings!

I acquired these two Motobecanes last year and what attracted me to them is that they were in immaculate near mint condition and they were identical years. One is a Mirage and the other is a Super Mirage. Both are equipped with Suntour alloy components, Wienmann alloys (except the Mixte has a nice set of Super Champions right now), and Normandy Hubs.

I instantly thought that these bikes would look fantastic with a set of Honjo fenders and upright "city" handlebars. I decided to do them identical for a his and her's set! The upgrades for both include: Honjo 43mm smooth fenders, Nitto Technomic stem, Jitensha Studio flat style city bars made by Nitto, brass bell, Velo-Orange stainless cable housing, new cables, Soubitez generator light, and a Brooks B17 Saddle. The Mixte has a Blackburn alloy rack. Both have regreased headsets, hubs, and bottom brackets.They are going to stay in the family... the Mixte went to my Fiance and the other will be offered to a friend nearby. Thanks to Chris at Velo-Orange for all of his help!! Here are a few pics:









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Old 04-08-07, 08:54 PM
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SIr, you have impeccable taste; those two are stunners.
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That was my impression too. Very nice and very tastefully done!
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Nicely done!
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When a bike is upgraded, the amount spent on the upgrade quickly exceeds the initial cost of the bike.

It usually pays off, since the resulting bike is better than could be purchased new for the cost of the bike and upgrades.

In this case, that is a stunning pair of bikes!

Wonderful job!!!
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Originally Posted by mswantak
SIr, you have impeccable taste; those two are stunners.
Agreed.
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This might be heresy, but I like the look and feeling of these bikes more than a Rivendell! (and probably at about 1/5 the cost)
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great bikes,very classy.

who makes those seat bags?
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Nice!

I'll be making a post about this myself in the very near future!
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Not to repeat everyone else, but,

Stunning machines, beautiful!
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin
When a bike is upgraded, the amount spent on the upgrade quickly exceeds the initial cost of the bike.

It usually pays off, since the resulting bike is better than could be purchased new for the cost of the bike and upgrades.

In this case, that is a stunning pair of bikes!

Wonderful job!!!
Thanks for all the complements everybody!!!

Exactly... the complete bike(s) cost less than just the Honjo fender set(s)! They ride really nice and the Suntour stuff shifts smooth as silk.

The bag is from Velo-Orange! I am definitely inspired by the constructeurs... my next project is near completion... a 1975 Grand Record that will get a similar treatment... except the Phillippe bars will stay and the brakes will be upgraded to a set of MAFAC gold competitions.
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Those bikes look terrific. Did you get the Jitensha bars from the store itself or were you able to order them online?

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Those are drop dead gorgeous! Just go to show what can be done with an old bike! I had been waffling back and forth between Honjo and Bleumel's but I think you just sold me

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nope! Don't like them! The generator wheels are NOT the same color!

Great looking bikes!
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Very nice!

It looks like only one bike has shellaced cork grips. They stay cleaner that way, but they're kind of slippery. One of my wife's mixtes has those bars from Jitensha. My next bike will have them, too. They feel just right to me. The little reflectors are a nice touch.
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Originally Posted by new_dharma
nope! Don't like them! The generator wheels are NOT the same color!
I originally was going to do red (kinda pink) for the Mixte and blue for the men's bike! Could not find a good pink one though.

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Those bikes look terrific. Did you get the Jitensha bars from the store itself or were you able to order them online?
Jitensha has an on-line catalog, so you can call and he will take your phone order. Or you can send him an email.

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Very nice!

It looks like only one bike has shellaced cork grips. They stay cleaner that way, but they're kind of slippery. One of my wife's mixtes has those bars from Jitensha. My next bike will have them, too. They feel just right to me. The little reflectors are a nice touch.
I have not decided if I want to shellac the grips on the mixte yet. I like the way it looks now. The little reflectors came off of an old set of pedals... there were 4 on each pedal. The bike you are refering to is a green Raleigh, right? Very nice!
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The un-shellaced grips get dirty very quickly, but they clean right up with something like 409. The advantage of cork is that it's not slippery when wet. That's why it's used on fishing pole grips. You lose that if you shellac.

I've been experimenting with staining cork grips to match my saddles like on this one:



I think I see a similarity between that bike and yours. I wonder if we've both been influnced by the bikes on Chris Kulczycki's site?
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Originally Posted by Dirtdrop
The un-shellaced grips get dirty very quickly, but they clean right up with something like 409. The advantage of cork is that it's not slippery when wet. That's why it's used on fishing pole grips. You lose that if you shellac.

I think I see a similarity between that bike and yours. I wonder if we've both been influnced by the bikes on Chris Kulczycki's site?
I'm not too concerned about the grips geting dirty. And they are fairly cheap to replace as well. Your bike is awsome! I was also thinking of your wife's green Raligh that appears here every once in a while... that is a very nice bike as well.


Yes, Chris' site as well as this bike on Jitensha Studio's site were both inspirational to me:

https://www.jitensha.com/eng/ebisumixte_e.html
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