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Old 06-06-18, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by DIY masochist
I have a late 70s (I think) Motobecane Super Mirage...What should I expect? Does anyone know any specifics about this model / year?
Itís french, expect the unexpected!

But seriously, you have a project on your hands. Getting cranks off with stripped threads will be a challenge - whole threads devoted to that. You wonít know how your B.B. is threaded until you take the NDS off and can perhaps peer into the shell to determine the threading: might be French, could be Swiss... or maybe neither! Sheldon Brown is your guide here. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by capitancardoza

Great photos - but this one stands out to me, love the vintage support car! Thanks for sharing!
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Originally Posted by mountaindave

Great photos - but this one stands out to me, love the vintage support car! Thanks for sharing!
That car was actually following the riders for the whole route, that wasn't only for show

Thank you BTW!!
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My new project...this 1984 BERNAUDEAU with all originals parts, very light for a steel frame (all COLUMBUS AElle), MAVIC GP4 with tubular wheels, and with its original CONCOR "profil" saddle , MODOLO "corsa" brakes , this bike is the same of those used by the "SYSTEME U " team...14 speed
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Beautiful bike and colour ! DILECTA is a great story !
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Originally Posted by papik
Beautiful bike and colour ! DILECTA is a great story !
I would love to know more about the Dilecta bikes. A friend found this one in Montreal QC Canada in the early 1980s. I know some of the early story and the Pelissier connection, but not much else.




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Old 08-25-18, 11:33 PM
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^^^ Wow! What a great job - it looks spectacular!
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I picked up this '78 Peugeot from a guy who brought it over from Paris 7 years ago. Paint, decals and chrome are great. Front Simplex derailleur was broken, and off the bike, but he gave it to me. I found a Shimano Exage that seems to work for now. I swapped out the top bar brake levers for some Campy aero ones that I had. I have the crank out now, because the non drive side pedal arm has stripped pedal threads. I had a heck of a time getting it off the spindle. I have an old Campy GS 52/42 or a Sugino GT 52/34 that I may throw on there until I get the Stronglight TS re-tapped 9/16-20. The TS crank's 3 "spokes" got damaged when I pressed the spindle out, so it may be junk. Anyway, supposed to be a turnkey project, but they hardly ever are. I'm loving the paint, and paint and decals were the most expensive part of my recent Raleigh Super Course rebuild. Any help on just what this model is? CL ad said PN10, not sure that is accurate looking at catalogs I find. Not sure the front rack is original. Chrome on rack is flaking off, and much worse than the frame which is nearly pristine. Not a fan of DT shifters, though these work pretty well. I have a set of Suntour bar ends that I'm debating on installing. That's why I haven't re-wrapped the bars. Original and current pictures posted, except crank is now out.



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Originally Posted by Slightspeed


I picked up this '78 Peugeot from a guy who brought it over from Paris 7 years ago. Paint, decals and chrome are great. Front Simplex derailleur was broken, and off the bike, but he gave it to me. I found a Shimano Exage that seems to work for now. I swapped out the top bar brake levers for some Campy aero ones that I had. I have the crank out now, because the non drive side pedal arm has stripped pedal threads. I had a heck of a time getting it off the spindle. I have an old Campy GS 52/42 or a Sugino GT 52/34 that I may throw on there until I get the Stronglight TS re-tapped 9/16-20. The TS crank's 3 "spokes" got damaged when I pressed the spindle out, so it may be junk. Anyway, supposed to be a turnkey project, but they hardly ever are. I'm loving the paint, and paint and decals were the most expensive part of my recent Raleigh Super Course rebuild. Any help on just what this model is? CL ad said PN10, not sure that is accurate looking at catalogs I find. Not sure the front rack is original. Chrome on rack is flaking off, and much worse than the frame which is nearly pristine. Not a fan of DT shifters, though these work pretty well. I have a set of Suntour bar ends that I'm debating on installing. That's why I haven't re-wrapped the bars. Original and current pictures posted, except crank is now out.


looks to be a PS10 going by the fork crown . The front carrier looks to be correct . Have fun :-)
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Old 08-27-18, 09:08 AM
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If there have been any Liberias in this thread, I've missed them. I bought this one for the C&V Clunker Challenge 100 #4 only to discover I really, really like it. The original steel Samir Saminox 27-in rims and the original Simplex 637 rear derailleur were marked 72, so we'll go with that as its birthdate. The other original components that came with the bike are R.F.G. (Roulement Francais Garanti) alloy high-flanged hubs with R.F.G. skewers, R.F.G. Crante Luxe No. 15 headset, R.F.G. bottom bracket with Delrin bearing retainers instead of the usual stamped steel units, M.A.F.A.C. Racer centerpulls with half hoods, steel 25.8mm seat post, Belleri stem with steel bars (the original stem broke, alas!), Nervar 135 cottered cranks with 40/52T rings. A previous owner had replaced the front derailleur with the SunTour AR shown and a 14-28T SunTour freewheel, and I continued the process with the V-GT Luxe rear and power ratchet shifters and a set of scavenged Weinmann alloy 27-in rims.

This bike is the triumph of geometry over tubing. It appears to be seamless straight-gauge stuff around 1 mm thick, at 62 cm c-t it should be too big but it isn't, and the 72-degree seat/74-degree head angles, front-center and chainstay lengths are remarkably close to those of my beloved '71 Gitane TdF. If I score a cheap set of sewup wheels somewhere, this could be interesting really fast.

Allegedly, this one was sold out of Joe Azar's shop on Sumter Street in Columbia, SC. Anyway, here are pix -



and one more in more flattering light!
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Old 08-27-18, 09:35 AM
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Very cool... Iím going to look at a Liberia mixte for my girlfriend today. The bar cons look to be worth the price of admission, so Iíll probably have pics tonight.
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Sounds like that Liberia planes for you - something that can happen regardless of tubing. Like it!
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Well... bought the mixte. May be too tall for my girl, but it came with Suntour barcons and a brown ideale 90 saddle for $50, so Iíll still come out ahead.
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Love These Peugeot MTBs!

I finally found the top-of-the-line "Canyon Express" I've been looking for.







This one is gonna be FUN!

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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Sounds like that Liberia planes for you - something that can happen regardless of tubing. Like it!
I think it actually DOES plane. On day one I did the old Richard Ballantine "push-the-left-spindle-end-with-toe-and-release-quickly" frame flex test and was pleased with the snappy springiness I saw. I'm normally a 531 snob, but this bike has the potential to ride as well as my Gitane TdF or my Allegro, provided I put nicer wheels on it. It helps the planing effect that it combines a long, relatively-thin-walled seat tube with metric dimension tubing, which I think just flexes better than Imperial gauge, though we're getting even deeper into the indescribable feel end of things in saying that. Sacre je ne sais quoi!
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I finally found the top-of-the-line "Canyon Express" I've been looking for.

This one is gonna be FUN!
Those 80ís MTBís with the laid back geometry and long chainstays make great trail/gravel bikes. I love how supple 50mm tires just make me float down the road. My Ď83 Stumpy is very similarly set up.
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During my lunch break yesterday I replaced the bar tape, cleaned thoroughly and assigned a new water bottle to my trusty U08 commuter. Every time I think I should move on to a different daily-use bike I see how beautidul and versatile it is. The 32 miles to and from work just reiterated that.


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My Ď75 lilac champion
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That Le Champion is sharp!

My latest French bike...

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That Le Champion is sharp!

My latest French bike...

Thatís a really nice looking Campy seatpost.
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Thatís a really nice looking Campy seatpost.
That's not even the one I just got from you. That one's going on my Grand Record. I think I might need to start hording 26.4 Campy seat posts the way @gugie collects Gran(d) Sport(s). They're so much nicer than the Origin8 Unos that are all over eBay. (To my surprise though, the 400mm Origin8 post is lighter than the 200mm Campy. I'm not sure if I should be impressed or worried by that fact.)
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That's not even the one I just got from you. That one's going on my Grand Record. I think I might need to start hording 26.4 Campy seat posts the way @gugie collects Gran(d) Sport(s). They're so much nicer than the Origin8 Unos that are all over eBay. (To my surprise though, the 400mm Origin8 post is lighter than the 200mm Campy. I'm not sure if I should be impressed or worried by that fact.)
Haha! Campy definitetly look nicer, but probably not easier to mount... Not too bad on saddles with a cutout!
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Haha! Campy definitetly look nicer, but probably not easier to mount... Not too bad on saddles with a cutout!
Yet another reason I like modern saddles. It was no problem getting the wrench to the bolts on this one.

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