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Oh c'mon... Show me your Motobecane!

Old 07-16-22, 04:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Beurt View Post
Here is my unknown model 50's randonneur as found, poorly painted in gold with bent fork and Peugeot decals:

It's missing both lights and dynamo a period correct leather seat new tires cables pads grease and a pump


Clearly a Motobecane despite the Peugeot decals The fork is bent as well as the down tube which is exaggerated by the picture. I was only able to straighten the fork stearer tube

And here is the bike now:

The fenders are probably not original but they are in decent condition. The leather seat is a period correct Motobecane. I changed all spokes and cables, repacked all bearings with fresh grease and new balls, but I need to source a pump in the correct length. Bother lights are LED equiped soubitez and radio powered by a dynamo, more powerful than old bulbs.
The racks were the only part kept gold.
For the frame, I went back to bare metal, applied stencils and cold blue treatment before varnish.

Headtube

Downtube
It's a sweet and comfy ride, and I love the derailleurs, the front one is a "suicide" one operated by a lever rather than a cable, the rear one is an early Huret tourist compact, cable operated that works in the opposite direction compared to modern ones, more tension to move the chain down to smaller cogs.
I've also restored an interclub tandem, but this one being too tall for me to ride is used by the younger couple in the house and they are loving it.
Nice work!
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Old 07-16-22, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by motogeek View Post
'72 Grand Record. Totally (except pedals) Campy, including hard to find French Campy parts (HS, BB,seat post.)
That crank looks special.
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Old 07-16-22, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by oneclick View Post
That crank looks special.
Might be Super Record, not really sure. Has some milling done to the spider to lighten it a bit, but it doesn't appear to be stock Nuovo Record.
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Originally Posted by motogeek View Post
Might be Super Record, not really sure. Has some milling done to the spider to lighten it a bit, but it doesn't appear to be stock Nuovo Record.
It caught my attention because I've noticed that Gian Robert cranks, which were cast (I believe) with that style of cut-out spider arms, all crack.
It's a shame, because they are nice-looking.
I have one, *every*one I see pics of has cracked.
There was one on that auction site a while ago, NOS, cracked.
The cracks are in different places, but they pretty much all have a radial - from the bb axle hole - nature.
I think they are shrinkage cracks (which is why I think they were cast), that won't be the case if they were forged and then milled.
But were it mine I'd be having a good look at it with a loupe.

Anyway, here's an on-topic pic. This is one of my favourite rides recently. The crank (Nervar Star) is a 54-46-38 triple, some double versions came with a guard ring and those bolts are long enough to hold three rings. The innermost is a bit of a cheat, it's a Stronglight with elongated holes. Gearing all Huret, shifters are their ratchet versions in aluminium, wheels are Simplex Competition laced to Weinmann 27" with Panaracer Paselas. I did all the paint as well, when I got it it was white and badged as a "Dynamax Concorde" and had been neglected and further messily spray-bombed white.

I wish it were a little smaller, but it goes and turns and stops just like I like it.



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Originally Posted by oneclick View Post
It caught my attention because I've noticed that Gian Robert cranks, which were cast (I believe) with that style of cut-out spider arms, all crack.
It's a shame, because they are nice-looking.
I have one, *every*one I see pics of has cracked.
There was one on that auction site a while ago, NOS, cracked.
The cracks are in different places, but they pretty much all have a radial - from the bb axle hole - nature.
I think they are shrinkage cracks (which is why I think they were cast), that won't be the case if they were forged and then milled.
But were it mine I'd be having a good look at it with a loupe.

Anyway, here's an on-topic pic. This is one of my favourite rides recently. The crank (Nervar Star) is a 54-46-38 triple, some double versions came with a guard ring and those bolts are long enough to hold three rings. The innermost is a bit of a cheat, it's a Stronglight with elongated holes. Gearing all Huret, shifters are their ratchet versions in aluminium, wheels are Simplex Competition laced to Weinmann 27" with Panaracer Paselas. I did all the paint as well, when I got it it was white and badged as a "Dynamax Concorde" and had been neglected and further messily spray-bombed white.

I wish it were a little smaller, but it goes and turns and stops just like I like it.


Thanks for the heads-up on the crankset, i'll keep an eye on it.
Nice re-do on the Grand Record. Whose decals did you use?
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Originally Posted by motogeek View Post
Whose decals did you use?
Mr. Softley's (www.cyclomondo.net):

Moto choices 2 C
Moto decals 1 Moto 3
Moto decals 1 Moto 6
Moto choices 4 L
531 French 3 tube and forks


The narrow gold bands on the fork and seat-tube are auto pin-striping tape; lug-lining with a fine-point oil-based pen.
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