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Old 07-04-12, 09:51 AM
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Motobecane Super Touring

Just picked up a nice 1979(?) Motobecane Super Touring. Got it for 100.00, I forgot how smooth and fast these bikes are, I owned a Grand Record in the 70's and even though the Touring is only a mid grade bike I'm amazed at the level of quality of the frame and pieces. My question is.....does anyone know what threads they used on the later 70's Motos? I know the French and Swiss threads used originally make it hard to switch out components, I'd like to get this one fixed up and back on the road without spending a fortune. Thanks!
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Pictures please!!!
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Just picked up a nice 1979(?) Motobecane Super Touring..... forgot how smooth and fast these bikes are....make it hard to switch out components... without spending a fortune. Thanks!
Why do you want to switch out the components?
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Why do you want to switch out the components?
Well.....I'm not sure I do! The crank looks ratty as all the steel nuts are rusty, and the brakes are also crappy looking. Also the headseat nuts are quite rusty and surely need to be replaced, and the skewers are quite rusty. I thought if a nicer crank was available I'd like to do that, perhaps I'm a bit ahead of myself, maybe I should take it apart and see whats what eh?!
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the only stumbling block you're likely to encounter is the Swiss bottom bracket, and that's easier to deal with today cause Velo orange has you covered with their sealed BB unit, available with Swiss cups. Another option is somebody else (can't recall but you can Google for it) sells Swiss cups that work with a sealed Shimano-like BB, and there's always Phil Wood ($$$). With the first 2 cheaper options you'll have to use a crankset with JIS square tapers, but most people wouldn't regard that as a drawback: plenty of good choices. The rest of the FR specific "issues": HS, bar and stem, clamp-ons (if any) are also easily dealt with.
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Well.....I'm not sure I do! The crank looks ratty as all the steel nuts are rusty, and the brakes are also crappy looking. Also the headseat nuts are quite rusty and surely need to be replaced, and the skewers are quite rusty. I thought if a nicer crank was available I'd like to do that, perhaps I'm a bit ahead of myself, maybe I should take it apart and see whats what eh?!
You can clean a lot of that rust up.
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It's IRD that makes a modern sealed BB that you can get Swiss adapters for. But...as hinted above, the original components, cleaned up and overhauled, may turn out to be just fine.

Good luck, and yes, pics!
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My Motobecane Super Touring took me from NY to FL in 1980 and from NY to CA in 1982. And, though I've been riding my mountain bike lately, the Motobecane is still good to go.
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