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Old 06-25-17, 10:06 AM
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My '78 Moto GT. The frame is beautiful. The paint job with hand painted detailing is beautiful. The Japanese components are smooth and dependable, and the wheels are bomb proof. Motobecanes probably converted many cyclists into Francophiles!
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Just acquired from CL as it was a value too good to pass. Stripped drive side pedal threads (right crank arm is toast), not a problem with a Nervar replacement crankset available. I believe it to be the 072 model due to barend shifter, Simplex dropouts, stamped fork ends. 62X60cm with 18cm head tube. Unsure of year but like very late 70s or early 80s. Nice fenders, wide enough easily for 30mm tires.
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Old 06-29-17, 03:07 AM
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Mercier 300 upgrade

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Hello there,

I just got this one, the next upgrade for the "Season of the Storms" approaching
I just rode 80km a couple of days ago under heavy rain,and while I managed to save the saddle with a waterproof cover, I felt the leather bar tape getting too "dampy"..!

What do you think?

It's very soft to the touch, I can't wait to try it on!
I think the colour is also good for the build itself
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Just acquired from CL as it was a value too good to pass. Stripped drive side pedal threads (right crank arm is toast), not a problem with a Nervar replacement crankset available. I believe it to be the 072 model due to barend shifter, Simplex dropouts, stamped fork ends. 62X60cm with 18cm head tube. Unsure of year but like very late 70s or early 80s. Nice fenders, wide enough easily for 30mm tires.
I'm glad you talked yourself into buying that bike. It's beautiful.
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my new Look kg 96 - made by tvt in france one supposes-


Japanese drivetrain but a surprise seatpost (at least to me)

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Originally Posted by jetboy
my new Look kg 96 - made by tvt in france one supposes-

Now that's a gorgeous frameset. Love the colors.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
I'm glad you talked yourself into buying that bike. It's beautiful.


Thanks.
I bought it because it is unique in several ways to my other bikes. But those 27" wheels are a goner before the summer ends. 27" wheels, heavy tires and thick Schrader tubes make for less than a responsive ride.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
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I bought it because it is unique in several ways to my other bikes. But those 27" wheels are a goner before the summer ends. 27" wheels, heavy tires and thick Schrader tubes make for less than a responsive ride.
Everything else being equal, I prefer 700c as well. But if these are decent alloy rims, you might just want to buy a decent quality 27 x 1 and 1/4 tire (like a panaracer pasela). It's easy enough to convert shraeder to presta.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
Everything else being equal, I prefer 700c as well. But if these are decent alloy rims, you might just want to buy a decent quality 27 x 1 and 1/4 tire (like a panaracer pasela). It's easy enough to convert shraeder to presta.
Tubulars for any worthy frameset.
Too old to ride anything but my best preferences.
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Originally Posted by capitancardoza
Hello there,

I just got this one, the next upgrade for the "Season of the Storms" approaching
I just rode 80km a couple of days ago under heavy rain,and while I managed to save the saddle with a waterproof cover, I felt the leather bar tape getting too "dampy"..!

What do you think?

It's very soft to the touch, I can't wait to try it on!
I think the colour is also good for the build itself
Need to see it installed I have never tried leather bar tape, but I have really enjoyed Fizik Microtex tape. Feels like leather, wears like kevlar, cleans up like polyester - I've installed white tape multiple times because it is so easy to maintain.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Tubulars for any worthy frameset.
Said the man with a quart can of tubular glue.

I really love doing 27"-700c conversions. Never had a problem with brake reach and the extra 4mm is typically enough to go up to 700x38 tires on the old frames (for those of us of the "fat tire" persuasion).
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Said the man with a quart can of tubular glue.
half quart, i hope there is enough left to bond one last set.
With that much glue, the tires put on earlier this year (4 sets) may never come off, 2 layers on rim, 3 on tires. Way out of character for me.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Tubulars for any worthy frameset.
Too old to ride anything but my best preferences.
I'm with you - running Sprinters on a couple of my French bikes and just put some Gatorskin tubulars on my Gitane Olympic today. Hoping for a ride tomorrow to see how they feel with the chip seal around here.

Shoot, I even put tubulars on my Peugeot PL8 and it made so much more of a fun ride - even with cheap Yellow Jersey tubular tires.
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Found this one on CL and picked it up in Bend, Oregon Sunday afternoon. Just needs a thorough clean, lube and lots of TLC. I believe it is a 1975 Grand Jubile, but unfortunately has a SunTour 7 front derailleur, alloy Italian kickstand, Schwinn rack and steel bars. Should evolve into a nice ride for one of my grand daughters. Don
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
Found this one on CL and picked it up in Bend, Oregon Sunday afternoon. Just needs a thorough clean, lube and lots of TLC. I believe it is a 1975 Grand Jubile, but unfortunately has a SunTour 7 front derailleur, alloy Italian kickstand, Schwinn rack and steel bars. Should evolve into a nice ride for one of my grand daughters. Don
Lots of very nice bits and pieces on that bike. None of those irregularities are permanent. Should be a snap to rectify and make her whole again.
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I posted this before on this thread but since Photo Bucket blocked the pictures I figure I will just post it again. 1972 PX-10.

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Question for the Francophiles: What color and material would the handlebar tape be on a '71 Gitane Super Corsa? I'm thinking black cloth, but need to be certain. This is a time capsule and I want it to be correct and original as possible. Thanks
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Originally Posted by Steve Whitlatch
I posted this before on this thread but since Photo Bucket blocked the pictures I figure I will just post it again. 1972 PX-10.
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According to the catalogue photo here it's black cloth tape.
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