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

Old 02-18-20, 07:47 PM
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I decided to undue the pink and scored some gum hoods that worked perfectly. The new tape is Tressostar. 1979 Grand Sprint. Love this bike. Ride is fantastic.
Yeah. That looks more right with the black tape. Nice looking bike.
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Yeah. That looks more right with the black tape. Nice looking bike.
Thank you much.
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Old 02-18-20, 10:31 PM
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I already posted this over a the "show me your french bike" thread, but in case you missed it...

Motobecane Le Champion, purchased as a frame at Eroica last year, part bin build.

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Old 04-18-20, 10:37 PM
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This is the first bike I ever bought new. IIRC, I paid $210 for it in 1975. Recently I restored it with minimal changes to see how it had held up over the years.
The only change is a new set of alloy handlebars, new cables and Paul "Love Levers". I believe it's the only cottered-crank bike in this whole thread.
It is actually a delightful bike to ride. The friction shifting is sort of fun...

1975 Motobecane Mirage

Suntour VGT Luxe derailleur

Probably should have routed the cable to the other side of the seatpost, but it was like this when new...

Comfortable grips

Paul brake levers cost almost as much as the bike when it was new. I had them on hand for another project that never materialized, so... :-)
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This was bought recently by me as a frameset with a pinched seat tube clamp. It has turned into my daily commuter.

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Old 04-19-20, 03:24 PM
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Put on some porteur bars today:

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Grand Record 650B conversion
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Old 04-19-20, 05:51 PM
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Grand Record 650B conversion
Oh wow
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Grand Record 650B conversion
Is that a repaint? If so, who did it? Very nice job!
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Here's a build up of a Grand Jubile frame and a bunch of spare parts I had laying around. Finished this one this winter.
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Is that a repaint? If so, who did it? Very nice job!
Powder coated, decaled, and box-lined by Forever Powder Coating in Olympia , WA
The Motobecane decals are flashier than the vision that I had, but they are NOS from France.
Not sure what they were originally intended for- maybe a mobylette.

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I build this up over the past few days. Mix of parts and a frame too small for me and the wrong colour for my wife. Build thread is here:

Early '70s Motobecane Gran Jubile

IMG_4902 by bj.stevens, on Flickr
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Quick question: there's a local seller here, with a Motobecane Super Sprint. In beige/yellowish/creme. Front fork seems chrome/metal. A quick google search doesnt reveal much as in build-year. quality, etc. As far as I can see it has Vitus tubes. 2 x 5 gears.

Can anyone point me in a direction for info, or maybe tell me more? :-) Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Millstone View Post
Quick question: there's a local seller here, with a Motobecane Super Sprint. In beige/yellowish/creme. Front fork seems chrome/metal. A quick google search doesnt reveal much as in build-year. quality, etc. As far as I can see it has Vitus tubes. 2 x 5 gears.

Can anyone point me in a direction for info, or maybe tell me more? :-) Thanks!
Are you in Europe? I don’t believe that model was sold in the States.
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Old 04-20-20, 11:59 PM
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Yes, Europe. The Netherlands :-)
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Yes, Europe. The Netherlands :-)
Does this help?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/stalenf...rint-1978/amp/
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Yes, that looks like the same bike. Thanks!

How "good" is Vitus 888 vs Reynolds?
And Shimano Altus, so that's a middle/low segment bike than, right?
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Old 04-21-20, 07:43 AM
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My 1976 Motobecane Grand Touring. All original apart from consumables.



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Put on some porteur bars today:

Very simple, elegant build. Maybe it's the just camera but those angles look slack!
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Very simple, elegant build. Maybe it's the just camera but those angles look slack!
Thank you

I have not measured, but I would not be surprised if the STA was somewhere in the 72° range,

Whatever they are, it produces a supremely smooth ride
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I installed the new Brooks B17 saddle and microfiber bar tape on my 1976 Motobecane Grand Touring. I also took the opportunity to install a shorter reach stem. I think the saddle and tape look better than the black saddle and tape on it prior to the switch. Proofide treatment is done, and now I just need to ride and start breaking it in.



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Now that I’ve made ten posts, I wanted to post a couple of photos of my ‘new’ 1984 Motobecane Grand Jubilee. I saw this bike on Craigslist, and went to take a look. That’s how I met member Pilotfishbob, found out about this forum, and got a really nice bike at a fair price. As a bonus Bob threw in a bag full of goodies, shared a lot of knowledge, and patiently answered all of my newbie questions. After my first few short rides, a couple of spokes became loose. Bob invited me back over to adjust the spokes and true my wheel. Then, Bob was patient enough to show me how to replace a tube, allowing me practice on one of his wheels.

I got a nice ‘new’ bike, met a new friend, and gained a lot of new knowledge. I couldn’t find a speck of dirt on this 36 year old bike!

Thanks Pilotfishbob!


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Old 09-06-20, 12:12 AM
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I'll play,

Ms. merziac's 1978 Grand Touring sport "mixte".




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Now that I’ve made ten posts, I wanted to post a couple of photos of my ‘new’ 1984 Motobecane Grand Jubilee. I saw this bike on Craigslist, and went to take a look. That’s how I met member Pilotfishbob, found out about this forum, and got a really nice bike at a fair price. As a bonus Bob threw in a bag full of goodies, shared a lot of knowledge, and patiently answered all of my newbie questions. After my first few short rides, a couple of spokes became loose. Bob invited me back over to adjust the spokes and true my wheel. Then, Bob was patient enough to show me how to replace a tube, allowing me practice on one of his wheels.

I got a nice ‘new’ bike, met a new friend, and gained a lot of new knowledge. I couldn’t find a speck of dirt on this 36 year old bike!

Thanks Pilotfishbob!
Yet another poor innocent soul enticed into our evil clutches. Mwahaahahahha!!! Seriously, welcome to the fun Jeff.
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A nearly finished 76 Super Mirage single speed I’m building up for a friend.

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