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"Le Champion de Hamtramck" (...the tale of a '75 Motobecane...)

Old 12-20-11, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by DavidW56
Wow, THAT was inspiring! Another great reason to inhabit the C&V forum right here. My favorite threads are those like Auchen's here, which detail in words and pictures how it is not merely possible, but expected that with the right tools, knowledge and dedicated effort, that a fine bicycle one step from the junkheap can and should be brought back to high-end glamor.

Auchen, you did a fabulous job! Thank you for sharing. And thank you for setting the bar high. Expectations are raised by members like you.

Two questions: what did you use for the lilac or lavender bar tape accent? and what is a "kiss cut" and how does it occur?
Thank you so much David.

Actually the catalog color is called "Silver Lilac" and the bar tape accent I used has a color number, not a name: #3743, purchased at Joann's Fabrics. They have many colors. It is actually embroidery thread, and it's made in France (like the bike). I used black hockey tape as a foundation for it, which I applied after the bars were wrapped. It ensures that the wraps stay where I put them.
Kiss-cutting is done with a steel-rule die when they press out patterns. It does not cut all the way through the carrier. (But for all I know they may be doing it with lasers now.)
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Old 12-20-11, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by lotek
I love these threads that combine a story, a bike and photos (which I can't see from work).
Auchen, wonderful story, truly heartwarming.

marty
Thank you Marty - merry Christmas.

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.....and photos (which I can't see from work)...
Who do you work for? Scrooge?
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From trashed to treasure! What a fantastic restoration!
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What a story!! You deserve my full respect,this was a brutal demonstration of "quality" in every aspect.I am glad i found this forum ....
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Thanks for another great read, Auchen. Your builds are always enjoyable to follow. You could post a thread about Sears Free Spirit overhaul, and still gather a ton of interest from the folks here.

The Moto turned out awesome. That color is real nice. You have some great skills and know-how. Kudos to you.

Hey... wheres the picture of the rusty truck?
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What a labor of Love! Great story and bike!

I bought my Moto Le Champion in 1972. Unfortunatly I was in an accident and bent the frame and fork. Still have it as I cannot part ways with it yet. Toying with trying to straighten the frame and forks. Waiting for a decent job before embarking on a similair journey. Mine is all original except the wheels (came with tubulars), even have the original Brooks which I use on my replacement find, a 1983 Colnago Superissimo (much better ride with significant difference in geometry).
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Thanks Thrifty Bill, cromo and sjx426 !
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Roger -
Thanks for the kind words - coincidentally, a Free Spirit was my first road bike. It weighed a ton, but who knew? After all, it was a racing bike with curly bars.
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wow!
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I really love your posts, Auchencrow. Enjoy that beautiful bike!
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Incidentally, Auchen, I had a meal like yours last Sunday, which was the annual Christmas dinner hosted by my mother's side of the family, who are primarily Hungarian and Slovak. They originally settled in Delray, that industrial portion of southwest Detroit not too far from Hamtramck. Now, of course, Delray is all but abandoned; most of that family lives Downriver.

Thanks to your story, whenever I see a French bike from now on, I won't be reminded of croissant and baguettes, but rather pierogi and kielbasa. And stuffed cabbage. And kiflis. And nutroll. Mm.

I can see it now, a new forum feature: what dish goes best with your C&V bike? Which wine?

P.S. Thanks for the tip on embroidery floss. I used to do crossstitch, so I have a ton of it around. My daughter started using it for making friendship bracelets. So you say that the floss will adhere to the hockey tape?
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Originally Posted by auchencrow
Thanks Tirelever - You're not kidding mine was a little overdone! They even black anodized the cage on the rear DR. I had to take it completely apart and had a heck of a time figuring out how to put it back together.
Ha ha - I had to laugh at myself; I thought the black anodizing on the rear derailleur was grime

Fantastic story - the twist at the end made my day! As for the bike itself, it's hard to believe it's the same Moto in the first pictures. Awesome job on rescuing the frame and most of the components.

I can't imagine the hours you must have put into this project, but the result shows the time spent was worth it; bravo!

Oh, and 'grats on finally having your Grail Bike.

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Originally Posted by DavidW56
... whenever I see a French bike from now on, I won't be reminded of croissant and baguettes, but rather pierogi and kielbasa. And stuffed cabbage. And kiflis. And nutroll. Mm. ..


Originally Posted by DavidW56
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I can see it now, a new forum feature: what dish goes best with your C&V bike? Which wine?
I like that idea.

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...So you say that the floss will adhere to the hockey tape?
Hockey tape is a good foundation for the floss because it's tacky and compressible enough. Without something underneath I'm afraid the whole wrap could skate.
It is tedious to wrap though and you must do it bars-off-bike.
This fishing guide video is helpful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpJg3bHOAVc
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Thanks camandew52 and kiwigem!
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
Ha ha - I had to laugh at myself; I thought the black anodizing on the rear derailleur was grime

Fantastic story - the twist at the end made my day! As for the bike itself, it's hard to believe it's the same Moto in the first pictures. Awesome job on rescuing the frame and most of the components.

I can't imagine the hours you must have put into this project, but the result shows the time spent was worth it; bravo!

Oh, and 'grats on finally having your Grail Bike.

DD
Oh you can bet your life that there was plenty of grime covering that black anodizing!
-(And thank you again DD, for the cable guides - those were one of the missing pieces to this puzzle.)
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Why is the grass/trees green in the pics if this happened recently??? Continuity problem....... Nice bike
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[QUOTE=DavidW56;13622234]

"I can see it now, a new forum feature: what dish goes best with your C&V bike? Which wine?"

+1 Finally a discussion to which I can meaningfully contribute.
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Great story Auchen. You did an outstanding job restoring that moto. Its beautiful.

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dude, you rock! Another great Auchen story! The bike came out fantastic!
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A+ thread and bike
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The very best of C&V, thanks Auchen. Have a great holiday season!

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What a fine restoration job, glad to see that Moto live on!
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Bike came out great!

Story almost made me miss Detroit...then I looked at the Thermometer and saw it is 57f here in Atlanta right now. Stopped missing it.
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Originally Posted by fender1
Why is the grass/trees green in the pics if this happened recently??? Continuity problem....... Nice bike
Very perceptive Fender1 I didn't have my camera with me so I just copped some Google map photos of the environs rather than take another trip.
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Wino Ryder, Frank, Mazdaspeed, Scott, Rabid Koala -
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