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1980 Motebecane Mirage

Old 10-22-10, 08:30 PM
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1980 Motebecane Mirage

Had a flat on my regular road bike. For whatever reason decided to pull out my old Mirage. Had stored it for about 20 years. Figured no way would tires hold air. Surprise! Surprise!
They pumped up just fine. Wiped it off with a rag and soapy water. Rode it a couple times for a half hour after lubing. My speed was half mph slower than normal both times. I attribute that to the 12 speed gearing ratios.

Anyway, thought it would be nice to show some pictures. This wasn't a highly sought after bike, but the frame fits me, and the geometry is nice. Everything is original other than tires.
All Huret shifters and derailleurs. Frame is the 2040 stuff halfway between cro molly and 1020 I guess. Most other stuff is alloy excepting the handlebar. Usual Weiman/Diacompe brake system for the times. If I remember correctly it came with Michelin 27x1 tires. Has a Hutchinson and Specialized on it now. Also has an alloy kickstand. LBS talked me out of it at first. Bike got tipped over 3rd day I owned it scuffing the seat. I decided yes, I would have an alloy kickstand. Never made sense to me not to have one on nice bikes that aren't being raced.

Still a pleasing ride. Replaced it with a Peugeot, but this Mirage wasn't a bad bike at all. I purchased it new in 1980. All I could afford at the time. Have ridden it lots of places back in the day. Anyway, figured some other folks surely must have Mirage or Super Mirage that might like to see one in fully original condition. BTW, weighed it. Weight was 27.5 lbs. These weren't super light, but the rims are pretty light, and it feels pretty good.

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Old 10-22-10, 09:05 PM
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love mine. just love it for what it is.
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That is extremely well preserved ! Lovely.
If it's been stored 20 years, it's time to buy some grease and new ball bearings, and it will run as good as the day it was new!
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