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Old 06-15-12, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by vestige
1974 are you sure about that ?
Are decals original ?

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Pretty sure; downtube decals are pre-'75 and the gold-striped lugs are specific to the '74 'LE' version.

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Originally Posted by cycleheimer
UO-8 with some vintage schmutz!


Oh, nice! I have some vintage Schmutz too - saved from the dump und built up with international stuff. It's my daily ride:

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My new Moto Mirage Sport. Average componentry, superior ride quality. I just can't ride it slow, it wants to go,go,go.

Any idea what year this is? I've been trying to place mine for a while now. All the info I can find on them doesn't match the paint scheme with the internal routing. Best I can do is an '84.
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I've posted this bike all over, but it is French! I have no idea what year, other than sometime in the 70s. Motobecane Mirage, maybe? Bought it for $70 and it needs a lot of work but I'm already in love...

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My mid-80's (?) Mirage Sport. Some will cry foul on the single speed conversion but for my needs zipping around Center City Phila, it's perfect (I kept the parts!). The chainring bolts came loose recently on the way to work and destroyed the drive side crank and chainring, but another forum member has graciously decided to part with a spare he had. Also gives me a reason to get dirty and git it a much needed cleaning. I've been trying to find the exact year, but all the documentation I can find doesn't match the color scheme with the components and/or internal routing. The search continues!

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Originally Posted by cave12man
My mid-80's (?) Mirage Sport. Some will cry foul on the single speed conversion but for my needs zipping around Center City Phila, it's perfect (I kept the parts!). The chainring bolts came loose recently on the way to work and destroyed the drive side crank and chainring, but another forum member has graciously decided to part with a spare he had. Also gives me a reason to get dirty and git it a much needed cleaning. I've been trying to find the exact year, but all the documentation I can find doesn't match the color scheme with the components and/or internal routing. The search continues!


Awesome looking ride! That thing must be fast, I'm sure. Have a close up of that rear wheel? I've never seen a set up like that.
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Story at thread titled Bertin Reborn...

Now:










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Originally Posted by PJCB
Awesome looking ride! That thing must be fast, I'm sure. Have a close up of that rear wheel? I've never seen a set up like that.
Thanks! It sure is. Always surprises me how light it is as well. This is the best I could do while at work. I'll grab a better one later.



With the vertical dropouts I had to get a chain tensioner to take up the slack in the chain. This one's a Forte from Performance Bike, and while it's been fine for what I need, it is starting to show some wear. If I did it again I would spend the extra coin and get a Surly tensioner or something a little beefier. The Forte one has definitely given me my moneys worth though. You could always use an old derailleur (sans cables and such of course), but that was a little ghetto for my needs.
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Originally Posted by cave12man
Thanks! It sure is. Always surprises me how light it is as well. This is the best I could do while at work. I'll grab a better one later.



With the vertical dropouts I had to get a chain tensioner to take up the slack in the chain. This one's a Forte from Performance Bike, and while it's been fine for what I need, it is starting to show some wear. If I did it again I would spend the extra coin and get a Surly tensioner or something a little beefier. The Forte one has definitely given me my moneys worth though. You could always use an old derailleur (sans cables and such of course), but that was a little ghetto for my needs.
Thanks for the close-up. I'm trying to gather as much info as I can soak up, I haven't been exposed to so many different kinds of bikes before. Is this your main ride?
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I've been waiting for this thread to pop back up. No pictures. Last Saturday I was watching a movie titlied "The Train." Great movie set in the final days of WWII. Set in France with the plot about the Resistance's effort against the Germans and a train. About 45 minutes in a French bike plays a big part in the movie for about 5-10 minutes! Very nice looking bike. Looks like something Davey Yates would find.

Give the movie a watch. If you like trains, a must see.

Edit: Full movie is here https://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi1203372569/

Bicycle scene starts around 00.50:00. You have to keep watching after he checks into the hotel.

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Originally Posted by PJCB
Thanks for the close-up. I'm trying to gather as much info as I can soak up, I haven't been exposed to so many different kinds of bikes before. Is this your main ride?
Np. I'm with you on that one. Always amazes me how many beautiful bikes there are out there. It is my main ride. Been riding it for a couple years now and use it for pretty everything. Haven't filled up my gas tank in a month!
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Originally Posted by guygadois
Story at thread titled Bertin Reborn...
Beautiful bike. I'll have to check out the full story. Side note: Are those chrome bocce balls?! Where did you find them?
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Originally Posted by cave12man
Beautiful bike. I'll have to check out the full story. Side note: Are those chrome bocce balls?! Where did you find them?
French Pétanque!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pétanque
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Originally Posted by guygadois
So they're boules! Is the jack chrome too? Close to bocce though we call the little guy a pallino. A chrome set would be killer.
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Originally Posted by cave12man
So they're boules! Is the jack chrome too? Close to bocce though we call the little guy a pallino. A chrome set would be killer.
Jack is wood. I took the bocce balls off the court for the pic although with a campy drive train it could have stayed!
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Originally Posted by guygadois
Story at thread titled Bertin Reborn...

Now:










Lovely...have wanted a Bertin for about the last 40 years. Have only seen them in photos...
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Lovely...have wanted a Bertin for about the last 40 years. Have only seen them in photos...
There is a nice vintage one on eBay now. Not related to seller.
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Just in today. My first French Bike.
I'll have to be patient with this one and that will be difficult.


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Wow. Like, oh wow.
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Ohhh-la-la, that's lovely !!!
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Wow. That is absolutely gorgeous.
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Originally Posted by northbend
Just in today. My first French Bike.
I'll have to be patient with this one and that will be difficult.


Holy *****!!! You don't mess around!
Can't wait to see this build (your BG is a favorite of mine).

Cheers,
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+1 That Singer is really something. I trust it will be seeing lots of high class Cascade mileage?
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I trust it will be seeing lots of high class Cascade mileage?
You can count on it.

I feel like I really lucked out on this one. I bought it sight unseen. Thanks for the compliments, guys.
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