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Old 04-29-13, 02:42 PM
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My recent purchase, an interesting little MOTOBECANE built in 1986, after the bankruptcy of the factory .....
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Old 05-23-13, 09:22 PM
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Thinking about it I've ridden my fair share of French bikes or French sounding bikes, so I guess I should post my current efforts here. My latest steed is a Vitus 979 with Shimano 105 grupo, Nitto bars and an SR seat post. I found it on CL and wanted it more than I had sense, the frame looked tight, solid and straight though not mint in the least but I couldn't pass on it so I haggled on the asking price and took it home.

I ended up stripping it down to the axles and freewheel. It really needed a through going over, took me a month to accomplish that task.



So after sorting out the odd bits i needed, I finally got it together. I had little luck in finding a proper quill stem size wise, so I went with the VO threadless adaptor and stem. I'm not crazy about the look, but the functional aspects trump that for now. I've been riding it this week during my lunch to shake it down.



The ride is pretty nice, I find though that the steering is sensitive to hand position on the bars- in the drops or on the hoods it is most stable, but at the bar ends, behind the hoods and on the tops it has a desire to get wobbly which is a bit unnerving especially when shifting. Stem may be too short, or some other geometric aspect off.

I think the bike rebuilding bug has hit, next up may have to be a mid 70's Peugeot AO8 or UO8 like the one I used to ride to high school during cycling class in PE
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Old 05-24-13, 11:40 AM
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^ Nice Vitus! I like those. A well-spent month, I would say. A quill stem would indeed improve the looks and, personally, I would tilt back the saddle to a more level position for additional comfort, but that's just me.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie
^ Nice Vitus! I like those. A well-spent month, I would say. A quill stem would indeed improve the looks and, personally, I would tilt back the saddle to a more level position for additional comfort, but that's just me.
Thanks! I would agree on a well spent month, I learned many things like measuring better before buying and blue nitrile gloves hold up best lol Yeah the saddle has since been corrected, I knew it looked dorky after shooting the pic and hadn't a chance to sort the details ;-)
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And here's my restored 1963 Urago . . .
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COOL. More pics????
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Old 05-29-13, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by klibreck
And here's my restored 1963 Urago . . .
Superbe !
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Originally Posted by klibreck
And here's my restored 1963 Urago . . .
Really great color scheme...
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Originally Posted by rootboy
COOL. More pics????
Yes! Yes! More please!
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1982 Motobecane Grand Touring

Pix from spring of 2012, thought I had posted these here before.

Love riding this bike, it fits well and just feels good to ride.



Photos not too good, too many shadows and background too busy, but it is what I have.
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And this is my next latest build-up. A H. Chardonnet, built by Bernard Carré.

Gorgeous bike and great photo. Do you have more photos or a link to some history about this?
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Originally Posted by gerv
Gorgeous bike and great photo. Do you have more photos or a link to some history about this?



Henri CHARDONNET was a local champion in Toulon (south of France) during the 50 / 60s and , as many champions in France, he built and market excellents bicycles (many of them with B.Carre frame) in his shop of "Le Pont du Las" a quarter of Toulon .

It was current in France for the champions , to built bicycles under their name and to have a shop to market their products (as Lucien AIMAR, winner of the "Tour de France " in 1966 was shop where in HYERES a little town near TOULON)

We can see on the pictures my 1975 L.AIMAR bike and my 1980 H.CHARDONNET.....
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I ran into this Gitane recently and felt like I could put it to good use . It's a '78 Nation, basically the same frame as my Olympic with a mix of cheaper components: Huret, Sugino, Weinmann brakes. I replaced those with a set of CLB's which look much nicer and stop a little better too. And the original seatpost was bent, how do you do that, I wonder. Frame's rear dropout spacing is 120mm (unlike the Olympic), which leaves me in doubt to either have the frame spread or look for a narrow 6speed freewheel. I need a 28 cog on this one so 6 steps would be a little more comfortable. Non matching wheels from the reserve, for the time being.


Il est magnifique ! effectivement, les freins CLB sont un peu meilleurs que les Weinmann et plus esthetiques .....

PS: comment faites vous pour mettre des photos grand format dans les réponses? , je n'y parviens pas !
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Originally Posted by papik
Il est magnifique ! effectivement, les freins CLB sont un peu meilleurs que les Weinmann et plus esthetiques .....

PS: comment faites vous pour mettre des photos grand format dans les réponses? , je n'y parviens pas !
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Nice , Thanks Shoota !
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Other view of the 1975 Lucien AIMAR the frame was built by ELVISH, three Reynolds tubes , Stronglight / TA 40-52 crankset, MAFAC "racer" brakes, a good 22 Lbs climber !
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And this is a better pict of my CHARDONNET ; brakes and derailleurs are Shimano 600 "arabesque", crankset "OFMEGA", I think it was built in 1980
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Originally Posted by papik
My recent purchase, an interesting little MOTOBECANE built in 1986, after the bankruptcy of the factory .....

A better picture...
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And this is a better pict of my CHARDONNET ; brakes and derailleurs are Shimano 600 "arabesque", crankset "OFMEGA", I think it was built in 1980
I love the color of this bicycle!
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Originally Posted by northbend
I love the color of this bicycle!


Curiously, the colour change with the light !
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I love the color too, Papik. But, please...can we possibly get a picture of the drive side?
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I love the color too, Papik. But, please...can we possibly get a picture of the drive side?


With my apologies.....I have this one , with the old sadle
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Originally Posted by papik
With my apologies.....I have this one , with the old sadle
What a great picture! I want to be there now!
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What a great picture! I want to be there now!
Thanks ! it is on the French Azur coast, a little village named BORMES LES MIMOSAS......
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And this is Henri CHARDONNET
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