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Old 02-18-18, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
Pics in as found condition. Needs fender care (or more likely replacement) and the FD needs a bit of tuning. Needs the usual clean and repack of all but the BB. Small efforts to get this thing in ship shape, and a good late winter project. May convert it to 700c for more tire options, and a bit more fender clearance with bigger tires. Will take my time with this one.


That's one nice looking ride, and a great find! Yeah, the brakes would lend themselves to a 700c conversion. Keep us posted, with PICS!
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Thank you, camjr and Cougrrcj !
Cougrrcj, I'm not sure about the pinstriping, but it was on the bike when I aquired it, and it didn't look like the bike had had much work done to it. I have a '72 Paramount, and it has not pinstriping, but chrome tape about 1/4" wide in the same place.
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Originally Posted by camjr
This '74 Motobecane Grand Touring turned into a nice little weekend project. All in all, less than $100 for all the things it needed. Lots of family history on this bike, and I still have the original owner's manual (very simplistic, for what it's worth...). I still need to adjust the angle of the saddle, and obviously sweep my garage!!

Cheers,
That Moto looks to be in excellent shape! Better check the stem insertion, though. If there's not a minimum insertion line, it should be inserted about 2 1/2" from the long point.
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
Had a very fortunate score last evening. A very smart looking ~'81 Bob Jackson Super Tourist.
I knew that'd get snapped up quickly. Glad you got it, and I look forward to seeing the finished build.

Also if you figure out a good way to remove that MN bike licence sticker, let me know :]

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Old 02-18-18, 11:15 AM
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A World Voyageur I got from a forum member a while back.
That is a whole lot of lovely there!
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
Pics in as found condition. Needs fender care (or more likely replacement) and the FD needs a bit of tuning. Needs the usual clean and repack of all but the BB. Small efforts to get this thing in ship shape, and a good late winter project. May convert it to 700c for more tire options, and a bit more fender clearance with bigger tires. Will take my time with this one.
That is super, super sweet!

I absolutely LOVE the Superbe, Huret and Campagnolo stickers right by each other!
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Originally Posted by AustinFitz
Even though I've posted it in here before here's the most recent pic I have of my touring bike. I've slightly changed the cable routing since the last time I posted it... Any excuse to post a pic of it


Beautiful- and it looks like it smells good there... Crisp and "outdoors." It just smells like "snow" here.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
Beautiful- and it looks like it smells good there... Crisp and "outdoors." It just smells like "snow" here.
Thank you! And it does smell quite nice out right now. Currently perfect riding weather at 69° and partly cloudy! I'll definitely be getting out for a cruise.
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
Pics in as found condition. Needs fender care (or more likely replacement) and the FD needs a bit of tuning. Needs the usual clean and repack of all but the BB. Small efforts to get this thing in ship shape, and a good late winter project. May convert it to 700c for more tire options, and a bit more fender clearance with bigger tires. Will take my time with this one.
What a beautiful find!!! Looking forward to seeing more of this one!
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Nice score!

Front fender looks like a SKF plastic fender, so no biggie there.

So we have a late-'70s early-'80s Bob Jackson - based on the MN sticker? Campy (shifters) and SuperbePro (brakes/crankset?) stickers yet wearing Huret derailleurs? That'd be my first priority... Pick the best of the friction-shift era and just go for the whole SunTour groupset! Sorry, but I'm NOT a Campy derailleur fan considering reliability... 1st gen Cyclone GT derailleurs would NOT be out of place on a bike like that!
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Huret derailleurs
Superbe brakes
Campy shifter and rear hub (presumably both once upon a time)
Sugino AT crank
Avocet post, saddle and pedals
Blackburn racks

Eclectic mix for sure but it mostly makes sense. I will definitely be keeping the Huret derailleurs. Will find some retrofriction shifters and the Superbe calipers will not have enough reach for a 700c conversion. Will find a matching front hub and maybe lace up some concave Weinmann rims. I might go with some modern dual pivot calipers as they are a known quantity that isn’t futzy on the road, and I don’t want to reroute everything for centerpulls.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
That is a whole lot of lovely there!
Thanks G.B.
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
Pics in as found condition. Needs fender care (or more likely replacement) and the FD needs a bit of tuning. Needs the usual clean and repack of all but the BB. Small efforts to get this thing in ship shape, and a good late winter project. May convert it to 700c for more tire options, and a bit more fender clearance with bigger tires. Will take my time with this one.
Awesome score! Looks like about a 54cm?
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@AustinFitz, Your Centurian is inspiring. It looks great, as always!
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Originally Posted by Hobbiano
@AustinFitz, Your Centurian is inspiring. It looks great, as always!
Thank you! When I'm not riding it I often find myself just staring at it. I can't wait to get some fenders on it along with the SunTour Le Tech rear derailleur I just got for it!
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"Blasphemous modern componentry, desecrating a beautiful and iconic fr--wait, is that satin black paint as well? Get it outta here!"

Me, leave? Not a problem, because I am in love with the way it rides (and the way it looks)! I will keep it forever, thank you very much!

Been thinking about adding front handlebar-mounted water bottle cages. Convenient, classy, and it won't muck up my nice paint.

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So glad you've got the correct seat on there, badazz black Brooks to go with the badazz black bike, perfect.


Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
"Blasphemous modern componentry, desecrating a beautiful and iconic fr--wait, is that satin black paint as well? Get it outta here!"

Me, leave? Not a problem, because I am in love with the way it rides (and the way it looks)! I will keep it forever, thank you very much!

Been thinking about adding front handlebar-mounted water bottle cages. Convenient, classy, and it won't muck up my nice paint.

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Mid 80's Shogun 500

Started with the frame and fork. AFAIK, the final build bears no resemblance to to the original stock bike. Tried to use Japanese components, but pretty much mixed and matched what I had and what I thought would work best. More details on my Flickr page
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Started with the frame and fork. AFAIK, the final build bears no resemblance to to the original stock bike. Tried to use Japanese components, but pretty much mixed and matched what I had and what I thought would work best. More details on my Flickr page
Well, that's certainly a great job of "mixing and matching". Beautiful ride.
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
Pics in as found condition. Needs fender care (or more likely replacement) and the FD needs a bit of tuning. Needs the usual clean and repack of all but the BB. Small efforts to get this thing in ship shape, and a good late winter project. May convert it to 700c for more tire options, and a bit more fender clearance with bigger tires. Will take my time with this one.
Sweet bike; we'll we see it at the Dairyland Dare?
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Originally Posted by Hobbiano
A World Voyageur I got from a forum member a while back. Needed to be built up. I also replaced a bunch of parts but I still have the original wheels, brakes, handlebars, levers & saddle. They weren't in great shape but I'll keep them with the bike.
I like this bike a lot, just a classy bike.
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Well, that's certainly a great job of "mixing and matching". Beautiful ride.
Thanks..... I had fun putting it all together. I've never owned a touring bike and don't intend to do any loaded up touring at this stage. Hoping the relaxed geometry is easier on my old bones.

If it doesn't work out, it won't be the first time I've spent months building up and restoring a bike, only to find I don't like the ride.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
Sweet bike; we'll we see it at the Dairyland Dare?
Probably, but maybe not as my main squeeze for the ride.
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
"Blasphemous modern componentry, desecrating a beautiful and iconic fr--wait, is that satin black paint as well? Get it outta here!"
Out of all the "modern" components that could get put on there, you appear to have chosen wisely.


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