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Old 07-19-08, 10:13 AM
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New Guy - Motobecane

So I just got a Motobecane. I mentioned to my girlfriend that I was looking for a vintage road bike and she surprised me with this as a birthday gift.

I have been wanting to get into road biking more and more lately and figured this would be a nice place to start. I used to Mountain bike and BMX alot but once I got my drivers license I focused mainly on car tuning. But I want to get back into it.

Anyways, does anyone know anything about this type of bike? Model name? Year? Etc.

I am also looking to do some upgrades, as you can see its a little rusty...where do you guys go to buy parts?

Ignore the messy apartment, my roomate and I are in the process of moving out.






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Old 07-19-08, 11:08 AM
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Welcome!

Cool looking bike (which I can't identify for you, sorry). You'll probably find that you don't really need to upgrade anything except the chain, cables, and rubber (tires, tubes, and brake pads) which you can get at any bike shop. You may not need any of those things. Most of the other parts on a bike can usually be rejuvenated with some cleaning and lube.

If Orlando has a community bike workshop or coop, those can be a great place to learn about your bike, what (if anything) it needs, and how to fix it up yourself. And, of course, you can ask us anything you need to know here.
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Old 07-19-08, 11:41 AM
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looks surprisingly similar to my mirage so that would be my guess. make sure the brakes are functioning properly before trying to take it out for a ride. they cables may be fused in the housing. other than that it should be pretty simple to figure out what it needs.
Enjoy it, i got mine for next to nothing and have been very surprised by it, the rear cassette is one of the quietest ive ever seen
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Old 07-19-08, 11:47 AM
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Everything is working great! My girlfriend got it from a very reputable shop downtown. The guy finds these old bikes and restores them so that they are able to be ridden.

Its a little big, but I lowered the seat down a tad bit and its fine. Very comfortable ride.
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Old 07-19-08, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by xiamsammyx View Post
looks surprisingly similar to my mirage so that would be my guess.
+1 on the Mirage; the 1020 tubing is the giveaway. It's post-1980. I'd say close to 1984 with that headbadge. There should be date codes on the components; you can check the Component Dates page at Vintage Trek to decode the date codes.

Nice birthday gift!
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Old 07-19-08, 01:18 PM
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Great first road bike. Stop by your local walmart and get some lights, a helmet, gloves and a backpack. Oh ya and a calendar to remind you to fire your old gas guzzler on sat. so the batt dont go dead! get your a girl bike to so you can ride behind her and watch her rear firm up too!lol!
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