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Old 04-28-10, 03:04 PM
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Motobecane Grand Jubilé Original find on CL

Picked up Motobecane Grand Jubilé, I think it is all original. It came with Reynolds 531 DB tubing, Nervex Lugs, Weinmann Brakes, Weinmann Rims 27", Normandy Hubs, Stronglight Cranks 49, Stronglight HS, Huret Jubilé Derailleurs and the paint and patina(very little oxidation) is excellent!

Can't tell what year the Motobecane Grand Jubilé is, the serial number I think is 28129 it's on the right rear dropout.

I'm thinking of parting out the bike or just the frame, any idea's.

I found the Motobecane Grand Jubilé on CL, drove out and the owner changed his mind on the value, prompt by his wife, windup paying $200 instead of $150 for the bike, but I think it's worth the bump.













Just wonder if I paid too much for the Motobecane? Or, by selling the frame would equalize my investment. I want to keep the componets, their all French, the frame is too large for me.

Thank you for any input, Mike (gioscinelli)
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Old 04-28-10, 03:20 PM
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Sweet!

You got a great one!
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Old 04-28-10, 03:33 PM
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I wouldn't part that one out, but I am partial to that particular model. The rear derailleur sometimes sells for what you paid for the entire bike, so yes you did very well.
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Is that bike old enough for French threading? That would mean two things, you will need another french frame to transfer the parts too and the person buying this would have a little added difficulty building it back up.
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I've got the SAME exact bike.

I paid the SAME exact price.

I'm going to have to drive home from work and make sure my roommate didn't sell you mine!!
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It would be a shame to part out that bike
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Old 04-28-10, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by brian3069 View Post
It would be a shame to part out that bike
I agree. I love mine. This bike is from, in my mind, the peak era of Motobecane's production life. It's from when Motobecane was "on their A-game."

+1 to not parting it out.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
Is that bike old enough for French threading? That would mean two things, you will need another french frame to transfer the parts too and the person buying this would have a little added difficulty building it back up.
The pedals are 9/16 - 20, English, but I would assume that the HS and BB will be French. When I do sell the frame, I'm leaving the HS and BB on the Motorbecane.

Thank you, Mike
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That is an amazing find... I have a soft spot for those old motos.
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Well done! I saw that ad this AM but was too preoccupied to investigate further. Several Motos on local CL lately, including people who expect to get more than you paid for a hi-ten Mirage!
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Nice bike. It appears to be a '74 model. I've also got one that I bought a few years back.
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I'm confused. Why is this bike being considered for "parting out"

PM me. I'll take all the brake stuff, but really? Three sets of NOS Weinmann 999s just sold on ebay $86.00. Total for all three...

How much do you plan to make selling the parts? A french 531 frame isn't going to bring much. Not enough to make someone consider destroying a survivor.
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I have the same bike too, but I'd sell a kidney before I'd part it out.

. . . On a separate note - I just bought a pair of good used Weinmann 999's for $12 on eBay.
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btw that owner is lame for changing the price. i would have had a hard time buying it out of spite.
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btw that owner is lame for changing the price. i would have had a hard time buying it out of spite.
To be honest, it would be hard to walk away from a Moto GJ like this: (One must consider that you won't likely find another, and - the seller would just sell it to the next caller in the queue - and for a whole lot more.)

I generally do walk away from these situations though: Just yesterday, I had an appointment to pick up a Raleigh Super Course, for the asking price, immediately upon the seller's return home from work.... But the seller then called back an hour or two later, and left a message saying it would be better to for me to pick it up on Sat or Sunday... Fine, I thought initially.

So I called (several times) to reschedule, but found that the seller was screening my cell number. Then I checked CL again, and saw the same bike with the same picture - but no phone number, and DOUBLE the price!

Actually I don't mind if people need to correct a mistake: After all, it's not too late until money actually changes hands. - But it's just that some people handle it with real class (like the guy with the $125 Pogliaghi) - and some are just total slobs.
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$200 is great. You win.
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I dislike CL price changers but

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btw that owner is lame for changing the price. i would have had a hard time buying it out of spite.
I dislike CL price changers, but isn't it the same as the buyer agreeing to a price via phone/text and then dickering for a lower price at pick up time.
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I had a bad case of lust for one of those in early 74 when I worked in a LBS. We did not sell Moto, however, and I never got one.

Wooljersey had a series of Bicycling magazine test reviews, they had one for that bike. Sadly, the site is down.
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Those test-ride articles (plus a treasure trove of early catalogs) were moved to their own site. Here's the '74 Moto GJ review:

http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=524

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If you want to ride it, ride it. I'm not normally against parting out a bike, but I'd be sad if you parted out THIS bike. It's really special. I have to admit, though, you'd make a lot of money if you did so. Those Huret Jubilee derailleurs can command a very pretty penny. You'd surely get over $200 for the set.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Those test-ride articles (plus a treasure trove of early catalogs) were moved to their own site. Here's the '74 Moto GJ review:

http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=524

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Thanks, Neal. I updated my bookmark.
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