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Old 01-20-12, 08:39 PM
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Motobecane Nomade project

Last February I bought a 1976 Motobecane Nomade Sprint at the thrift shop, its close enough to my size that I think its worth it to make it road worthy again and I started working on it a few nights ago so I thought I would share here and start a thread.

Let me preface this by saying that I really don't know much about road bikes let alone those that are vintage so this is a learning experience as much as its just something fun to do over the winter so any suggestions or opinions are welcomed. The bike is in decent shape, paint is not bad and it was ridable straight out of the thrift shop, meaning it shifted through every gear and the brakes worked, the tires even hold air but I am planning on cleaning it up, new cables grease, polish etc etc and make it into something a little more interesting.

As I type I am thinking that I will put fenders on it, possibly hammered, a Pletscher rear rack that I picked up while doing a dump run, silver/gray cables? maybe These and I am thinking either a black saddle and bar tape or if I get brave enough to try shellacked bars and get a bit nicer of a saddle (I am trying to do this fairly cheaply but you know how that goes) so far I have just given it a good wipe down and removed and cleaned the brakes front and rear.

I am working on the bike in my spare time which is at a premium these days with us just having a baby but like I mentioned I thought it would be a cool thing to share the project here and maybe get some help/opinions here and there. With all of that said here are a few photos of the starting point that I took the day I got it home last February, its since hung in the basement collecting dust until last week.

I will try and update this post as I get stuff done on the bike













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Old 01-20-12, 08:57 PM
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Looks like it's going to make a great project.

All the components look beautifully original, and the fact that everything works well tells you it won't take much to make this a nice rider. I would get rid of the plastic disk on the rear hub and the chain guard on the sprocket, along with the reflector on the spokes and the turkey leg brake handles. That would go a long way towards making this a more serious looking road bike. Get a proper seat to! I'm not a fan of fenders, but that's IMHO only. Then lube, bar tape, polish and ride!

With a newborn in the house, your going to want a reason to get away every once in awhile, and what better way to do it than on a nice vintage Motobecane!
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Beyond the overhaul you're already planning, these bikes came with steel rims, so I would invest in a decent set of alloy rims, and Panaracer Pasela tires for it - It will make a big difference in the ride quality and braking. I would likely opt for bar-end shifters as well.
I second your motion for a more appropriate saddle - (a black Brooks B17 if your budget allows).
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Just thought I would pop a photo up of the front brakes after disassembly/clean and polish. I didn't go nuts on the polishing because I am planning on riding the bike so I just got the heavy stuff off and made it look good, the photo does not look as clean/shiny as the actual caliper. I used turtle wax rubbing compound and an old sock, I didn't get a shot of the rear off of the bike but I am planning on doing some work to the bike this afternoon so I will try and get one then, I think it came out pretty good.

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Old 01-21-12, 01:43 PM
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Came out really good. It shines nicely.

You could try some light steel wool to get that surface rust off I think. Probably worth alittle more effort while you have it off...
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So after spending the afternoon with the Nomade I got a few things done, I used aluminum foil and rubbing compound on the chrome part of the forks (they still need a little love to get them where I want but look a lot better for now) I removed the handlebars, brakes, shifters and the reflector thingy that is screwed onto the headset. I gave the frame a quick wipe down and took out a couple few spots where the paint was rough with the compound which turned out decent.

I removed the bar tape, cleaned and polished the stem, brake levers and the bars but I wasn't happy with how the Chrome bars turned out and I had another set of drop bars on a frame that's just hanging around so I took them off to use on this bike. The new bars are aluminum have a GB logo on them and says "British made" next to that logo (any info on these bars would be great), the new bars are a little more flared, slightly wider and polished up nicely so I am very happy with the fact that I remembered that I had them. I also removed the safety levers? or as Giacomo 1 referred to them as "turkey leg brake handles" and think it looks better like that but on the side of the lever there is the nut? fitting? whatever it is that was holding the lever on it still there, is there a way around this? or is it there for as long as I am going to use these levers? you can see it in the images.

Over all I am happy with how this is turning out so far, I am up for any opinions on what color tape and cables to use, also auchencrow mentioned bar end shifters and I like the way that the bike looks with the stem shifters off of it so as long as I can get some on the cheap I think it would be a good thing to have them. Is ebay the best place to look for them? or is there a source that sells something that would work fairly cheap?

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I have gotten a decent amount done on the Moto, I pulled the cranks off and cleaned/polished them up a bit and removed the chain guard, the FD got some polishing but I am not happy with it so I will be doing some more on that this afternoon. I did not touch the pedals because I am going to replace them so I will have a bit of polishing to do on the ends of the crank arms before I am done but I am liking the way everything is turning out so far. I took a quick shot of the crank after I put it back onto the bike so I thought I would pop it up here for anyone interested in this little project.

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Those are some nice GB touring bars - a good match for the bike. I have some on my Raleigh Gran Sport and they look great and are quite comfortable. If you don't mind downtube shifters, find a NOS pair of clamp-on Suntour Power Shifters on eBay for like $20. They work great. Or try bar-end shifters - many folks like them a lot. You can find a pair of vintage Suntour Barcons for around $35 on eBay these days. On those brake levers that had the levers removed, I have just cut off the extra bolt with a hacksaw. Then you can put on some brake hoods. I think Cane Creeks will fit on those and look and feel good.
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Nice bike! And starting to look good too. If it were mine I'd stick with the red cable housing and try to find some red cotton bar tape. Looks great with red accents on the frame.
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Nice bike! And starting to look good too. If it were mine I'd stick with the red cable housing and try to find some red cotton bar tape. Looks great with red accents on the frame.
+1!

I think there was a good reason the old owner had red bar tape and cables - because it looked great! I would definetly stick to that motif if this were my bike.

And yes, looking good!
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Excellent project! I agree with just about all that has been said and suggested. One little warning though, once you get it cleaned and shined up you might think that stops there....but no, you will want the hub flanges and hubs, bars, stem....everything alloy to glisten.

I have a '79 Moto (in my sig line) and these old bikes just rock. Smooth riding, not too heavy to pedal hard and lot's of fun to ride. Nice bike, it's looking great so far!

By the way, are those Rigida Superchromix rims? (yes, they are heavy and Auchencrow's suggestion to go alloy is for good reason. My Super Mirage has Weinmann concave alloy rims and they shine up nice like chrome)
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By the way, are those Rigida Superchromix rims? (yes, they are heavy and Auchencrow's suggestion to go alloy is for good reason. My Super Mirage has Weinmann concave alloy rims and they shine up nice like chrome)
Rims say "Araya 27 x 1 1/4 w/o HP JAPAN" and the hubs say "Normandy Made in France"
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I spent some time with the Motobecane earlier and made some progress, all of the components are cleaned up and polished as much as I am willing to do on a bike that I plan on riding ie: getting dirty! so I figured it was time to put the new cables and housing on. I decided on Platinum colored housings with a braided look to them and after putting them on I really am happy with the decision to go with the color, I think they look pretty good on there.



I am still on the fence with tape/saddle color and that rack is not mounted I just set it up there to see how it would look, again, I am liking how its looking! The whole frame is polished with rubbing compound and I still want to do more on the chrome on the forks but over all I am pretty happy with how it is coming out even if the camera makes my basement look Very dungeon-y. The front brake feels awesome but the back brake feels a little bit slow to rebound back compared to the front so I think that its binding a bit in the small piece of housing under the seat so I may lengthen that a bit if it doesn't work itself out, they will need to be adjusted correctly either way. I haven't touched the wheels yet I just tossed them on to snap a quick picture, I did clean off a small section and expect the wheels to look pretty good when I get done with the compound and foil.



I still need to do the tape, buy a saddle and get some tires for it and you can see in the image that I still need to trim the cables but I will say it again, I like how things are going so far, shouldn't be too long now until I take it for a ride.
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Good work Push, the braided housing complements the silver bike well.
Just be sure those hub, headset and bottom bracket bearings have been R&R'ed. (You don't want to score up the cones/bb with old hardened grease.)

PS the right brake housing should go over and the behind the bar, as you did on the left one.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
PS the right brake housing should go over and the behind the bar, as you did on the left one.
I thought so too but when I positioned it that way it seemed like it was bent too tight, so I referred to the original images that I took and the cables were routed the way that they are now *shrug* I think that it looks better the way you are suggesting and may switch it when I do the hoods and tape.

I can't wait to get it finished so that I can start on an old Cannondale MTB frame that I have hanging around

Anyone have opinions on Shorty fenders for the Moto?
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Anyone have opinions on Shorty fenders for the Moto?
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Nice job Push, she's really looking good now.

Glad you got rid of the chain guard, reflectors and turkey legs. It's looking like a real proper road bike now. I would get rid of that plastic dork plate sometime in the future also to complete the "upgrade" look. Good job on that crank, its really glistening now! I have to say it again, red tape to match the "Moto" decals.

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Wanted to see if anyone was paying attention I kind of like the way shorty fenders look on certain bikes though, just not what I have in mind for this one
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