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Old 03-03-19, 05:49 PM
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I also have this pile of bits, several NOS, that were likely kept on hand by my grandfather for maintenance of that bike, which will replace several of the smaller bits that are too corroded/deteriorated to re-use
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Just finished today, built up from a 1973 frame and fork.


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Old 03-07-19, 09:46 PM
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I got my bike put together enough to take for a short test ride. I went into this rebuild knowing that I'd probably make some changes to the fit so the bike will actually work for me. I'm now working on taking some comparative measurements of a few of my bikes to figure out the correct stem length to put the handlebar where I want it. I'm most likely going with the Soma Sutro stem and HWY One handlebar, along with a pair of TRP brake levers. I'm also planning to swap out the shifters (currently Campy) with Suntour Symmetrics.

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Old 03-28-19, 08:01 PM
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I finally got this bike basically finished! I have a couple minor details to attend to...things like figuring out why there's so much shudder in the front brake (might be the NOS Weinmann pads, might need the pads toed in, might be an issue with the rim), and possibly adding a bottle cage.







It's hard to see in the outdoor pictures, but the bar tape has a red layer that shows through the perforations in the synthetic suede.


Also, the old tires that I took off were a bit undersized (27x1-1/4" tires measured at 27mm), and the modern ones of the same nominal size (Kenda Kwick Tendril Sport) measure almost exactly 32mm. This meant that the tire/fender clearance was quite tight, so I had to get a little bit creative to get every bit of clearance I could at the fork crown. I suppose I could go with narrower tires, but 28s feel skinny to me, and I end up feeling like I have to be conscious of every crack/bump in the road. More likely, I'll eventually convert to 700C.
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Just finished today, built up from a 1973 frame and fork.


Sweet build! what kind of rack is that - a Dia-compe mini for center pull brakes?
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Old 04-15-19, 10:13 AM
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I finally rode my 1976 that I got as a frameset + extras at Christmas.

First impressions:

Very smooth ride! Even with commuter-style 700x32C hard case tires.
Huret Jubile drivetrain is one of the quietest I've ridden.
I love this handlebar shape. The extended drops give a lot of options for hand positioning.

Looking forward to getting a French crank and brake set on here. The Shimano 600 stuff works fine enough, but it doesn't quite tick all the aesthetic boxes for me, on this bike at least. The mid-80s Sugino crank definitely needs to go in favor of a TA

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Originally Posted by ryansu View Post
Sweet build! what kind of rack is that - a Dia-compe mini for center pull brakes?
yes, it is a Dia-Compe rack. But warning! I had to bend the struts and drill a new hole in the center strut to make it fit. And I have heard other reports that the rack is finicky. What I recommend now is to look at the new Rene Herse racks, which are adjustable by design.
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Old 04-21-19, 08:41 PM
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Interesting brake levers. What are they ?

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Interesting brake levers. What are they ?
They're the drillium version of the TRP RRL levers
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Old 04-22-19, 09:00 AM
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Love the silver and red paint on these! missed out on one a few years ago. Here's my '78.

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Old 06-14-19, 06:34 PM
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'74-5 Stage 1



Not a keeper yet.
Front wheel is a Suzue/Fiame and I persuaded the fork to behave a little better. Luckily, it was a front quarter minor collision (theoretically). I'm afraid to do anymore work until after my 100k Clunker Challenge are recorded since my budget was blown with initial purchase. Wish me luck. 50k out and back is the plan. When that is done, I can see how much I love it with the usual cables, housing, brake blocks, and rebuilt wheels. Not to mention a seatpost that will get my saddle where it belongs. Some one chopped several cm off this straight post.

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Old 04-26-20, 07:58 PM
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Another 1978. A recent Craigslist purchase that was a full tear down and restoration. I just finished shellacking the bars yesterday and being my first time you can see the gaps behind the brake levers. Oops!
I took her out on a 20 mile shakedown ride and I think I'm in luv!!



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Old 05-01-20, 03:14 PM
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Here’s one that in the project queue.
Can anybody help me identify a year, and if this would take a French or Swiss BB? (My guess is Swiss, though motobecane reps of the day would attest it wasn’t Swiss, and it was “their own threading”.)
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I like the seat stay cap treatment on that one. That would be neat if knowing the model year indicated the BB threading. I left my fixed cup as is/was because I don't know which way to go.
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I believe it's a 75, but it could be a 74.
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Just scored this off CL. As is

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Oooh. Me too. As bought. Will probably get a triple on there and I'm not too sure about keeping the handlebars with that wrap. Is it rubber? Plastic? It doesn't seem like leather, that's for sure.
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I think it is rubber. I have done these up by just putting cotton tape right over the rubber. Makes for a nice looking and comfy ride.
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Oooh. Me too. As bought. Will probably get a triple on there and I'm not too sure about keeping the handlebars with that wrap. Is it rubber? Plastic? It doesn't seem like leather, that's for sure.
I took mine off so I could add barends. I taped it back on the tops and I'm adding brown wrap when it comes in. I changed the brakes to mafac but the levers stayed.
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I took mine off so I could add barends. I taped it back on the tops and I'm adding brown wrap when it comes in. I changed the brakes to mafac but the levers stayed.
So I guess the removed section is no longer usable? I'm thinking I want a taller stem, but I can't reuse the handlebar unless I get the stem off, and I would think I'd have to cut off the wrap first.

Oh wait. I see you said you taped the top back on. I get it I think.
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[QUOTE=rgvg;22166124]Oooh. Me too. As bought. Will probably get a triple on there and I'm not too sure about keeping the handlebars with that wrap. Is it rubber? Plastic? It doesn't seem like leather, that's for sure.

Before mounting that triple keep in mind a 32t sprocket and a 39t chainwheel result in a pretty low climbing gear so try out it's simple set up before spending money. I've nothing against putting a triple on the Moto., makes for a very versatile ride. They, (Moto), call it a touring bike and for light touring it's very capable but for heavy stuff, not nearly enough. In the 25" size it's too flexible for my tastes for loaded touring so it's probably going to be my day-tripper and by default my training bike. So far it's everything I hoped it could be.
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Finally finished the rebuild

All done I think.


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Nice build. Classy Grand Jubile with a good Vintage Vibe! Don
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[QUOTE=Cycle Tourist;22183171]All done I think.

I changed the water bottle cage mount using the original cable stop/reflector holder. It lowers the bottle and since the cable release is built into the levers, I didn't need the quick release I added. It actually complicated wheel changing by releasing the connection at the levers by slacking the cable too much.
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