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Old 07-08-23, 01:43 PM
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Giant Cypress DX...All loaded up during my recent trip down the Erie Canal.

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A few changes since my last post.


My errand running, trailer pulling, beach bike.

My commuter: 40 mi round trip.

Weekend long rider.
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I retired at 65 a couple of years ago and turned into a couch potato and started putting on weight.. I told myself that that was enough time off and it was time to get back on my bikes. Here are my bikes, I ride my road bikes the most.





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Reborn - again - after 51 years!

Spent last three weeks refurbing my 1972 Motobecane Grand Record. Last time was back maybe in. 2008, then when we moved in late 2013 it sat in the basement until this June.

I bought a Kona Dew+ last April for commuting to work, some recreational activity, it got me into decent enough shape I wanted to get the MB back under me.
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72 years old. Lost my training wheels at 6!
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I like comfortable
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Originally Posted by spclark

Reborn - again - after 51 years!

Spent last three weeks refurbing my 1972 Motobecane Grand Record. Last time was back maybe in. 2008, then when we moved in late 2013 it sat in the basement until this June.

I bought a Kona Dew+ last April for commuting to work, some recreational activity, it got me into decent enough shape I wanted to get the MB back under me.
The Motobecane Grand Record is a sweet bike. Are you riding it with the original gearing in the driftless region? There's some serious climbing there. I modded my '73 Motobecane Grand Record to improve the climbing gears. I'm running 50/36 rings (its a Nervar 50.4 bcd crank) and a 14-28 5 speed freewheel. I swapped out the original 27 inch wheels for 700c wheels shod with 700 x 35c Schwalbe Marathon Mondial tires. It's a good riding road bike and works fine on gravel as well.


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The Motobecane Grand Record is a sweet bike.
Indeed it is! A big part of why I've bothered to hang on to it, then get it back under me after so many years!

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Are you riding it with the original gearing in the driftless region? There's some serious climbing there.
Yes that part's stock still, everything's the same as when it left the shop back in '72. I'm not a performance rider, I'll leave the serious climbs to the stalwarts I see often. What's on that MB seems entirely adequate for my 8th decade.

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I swapped out the original 27 inch wheels for 700c wheels shod with 700 x 35c Schwalbe Marathon Mondial tires. It's a good riding road bike and works fine on gravel as well.
This part confuses me greatly. I've been pondering switching to clinchers yet the aspects involved in finding the bits that will fit this frame w/o me having to expend a lot of money is daunting. I'm running the same Mavic rims thatt have been on this bike all these years, tubular tires patiently glued on. I did swap Weinmann 999's for the side-pulls I could never get adjusted to my liking back in the '70's, and Cinelli stem over the (I think) Pivo that was a tad too short as well as too threatening with the sharpish pointy top always in view.
Maybe we should take a discussion of how to go about such a wheel & tire mod as you've undertaken off-line, via PM? Or e-mail? Did you start with the stock Campy hubs then simply sew them into new clincher 700c rims? No change in brakes, the sizes being close enough so as to allow the pads to be properly positioned?
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Originally Posted by spclark
Indeed it is! A big part of why I've bothered to hang on to it, then get it back under me after so many years!



Yes that part's stock still, everything's the same as when it left the shop back in '72. I'm not a performance rider, I'll leave the serious climbs to the stalwarts I see often. What's on that MB seems entirely adequate for my 8th decade.



This part confuses me greatly. I've been pondering switching to clinchers yet the aspects involved in finding the bits that will fit this frame w/o me having to expend a lot of money is daunting. I'm running the same Mavic rims thatt have been on this bike all these years, tubular tires patiently glued on. I did swap Weinmann 999's for the side-pulls I could never get adjusted to my liking back in the '70's, and Cinelli stem over the (I think) Pivo that was a tad too short as well as too threatening with the sharpish pointy top always in view.
Maybe we should take a discussion of how to go about such a wheel & tire mod as you've undertaken off-line, via PM? Or e-mail? Did you start with the stock Campy hubs then simply sew them into new clincher 700c rims? No change in brakes, the sizes being close enough so as to allow the pads to be properly positioned?
Feel free to PM me to talk about your bike. AFAIK, the 70s era Motobecane Grand Records came stock with 27 inch clincher rims. The catalog is here, https://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?...geViewsIndex=1

Perhaps the shop swapped out the wheels for tubulars? Any bike shop can build you a 120 OLD wheelset. Alternatively, you can find a donor bike with 120 OLD wheels. Those will likely be 27 inch wheels but they will work fine on your bike.

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Thanks for that link! Yes it's entirely possible that shop swapped the wheels, but being entirely clueless back then (to a lesser degree still!) I wouldn't have known the difference! It was Chicago after all, early '70's! A different era than the one we find ourselves facing these days
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What camo bar tape is that? Very nice... it matches your black frame.

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Normally ride a Specialized Sequoia, but it's getting some work done so I picked this up as a back up for $100 a couple weeks ago.
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Old 08-15-23, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by skyhon
What camo bar tape is that? Very nice... it matches your black frame.




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Cannondale KnurlCork 2.8mm gel green camo bar tape - blends in well with the surroundings

I believe the color of the bike is graphite - looks like dark gunmetal grey metallic in sun and black in limited sun

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I swapped the bars and stem but the rest is original ‘86 Cannondale as I found it 3 weeks ago. These bikes want to go fast.
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Bought this Bottechia Giro in 1972 and rode and raced it wicked hard when I was much younger. Then I turned it into a campground cruiser when we had kids. Flat bars, wide seat and a kid seat on the back. The right sew-up tires are amazingly durable. It hung in my basement apart for about 20 years until this past winter.
Took it for a short spin a couple of weeks ago and ended up doing 30 miles with 1100 feet of vertical. Rode like a champ except the 42-24 gear was a bit tough on the hills for an old guy.
The 2006 Masi is my main ride and the '74 Masi GC which I also bought new is pretty much a wall hanger.



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Originally Posted by Classtime
I swapped the bars and stem but the rest is original 86 Cannondale as I found it 3 weeks ago. These bikes want to go fast.
I had one of those. So stiff and responsive! 35 years later, I can feel it rattle my fillings just by looking at it!
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Bought a bike years ago to ride to work when it rained. I used it infrequently, so gave it to my son when he went off to college. He used it even less frequently, and it sat outside and corroded quite a bit.

it looked forlorn, so I decided to strip it down, rattlecan it a more attractive color (it was ***** brown), and tune it up (to the extent possible with a bike like this).

Here is the result.

The brakes are crap, the shifting iffy, and it has a giant pillow king seat. But the beach is a little more than a mile away. How good does it have to be?


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Originally Posted by Biker395
Bought a bike years ago to ride to work when it rained. I used it infrequently, so gave it to my son when he went off to college. He used it even less frequently, and it sat outside and corroded quite a bit.

it looked forlorn, so I decided to strip it down, rattlecan it a more attractive color (it was ***** brown), and tune it up (to the extent possible with a bike like this).

Here is the result.

The brakes are crap, the shifting iffy, and it has a giant pillow king seat. But the beach is a little more than a mile away. How good does it have to be?


I spy a WRX wagon under wraps? lol
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Made some changes to my Dutch roadster randonneur. LOL
Chaincase, lights, mirror and new DIY brake arm on the front drum hub. Someday I need to get the rear light mount recessed so it is less exposed.
I can't repaint till I get the front fender fixed and bottle inserts welded. I also want to add a plate to the front inside of the chaincase. Still kind of exposed to dust on a gravel road.



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Originally Posted by 2cam16
I spy a WRX wagon under wraps? lol
Good eye! It got ejected from the garage when my SO got her 370Z (best money I ever spent).

Since it is usually under wraps and I commuted to work by bike, it's in great condition for 20 years old. Great car!

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Originally Posted by Biker395
Good eye! It got ejected from the garage when my SO got her 370Z (best money I ever spent).

Since it is usually under wraps and I commuted to work by bike, it's in great condition for 20 years old. Great car!

Lol thanks! I pretty much live eat and breathe Subarus, since 2003. Used to own an '04 WRX that was autocrossed and tracked. Now I just drive a modified '01 Forester. Love your bugeye!
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Finished this project today and added it to my rotation. '90 Sirrus in a pearl purple.
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