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Old 11-11-18, 04:47 PM
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Hi, new member, probably very old question!

Just bought a Motobecane 10-speed at a garage sale. Mixte style. Old (vintage) I think????
Have searched every inch of the bike for a model name, but can't find one.
Any suggestions much appreciated.

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Old 11-11-18, 05:19 PM
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I think you'll have to find a serial number, and then cross-reference that number to a model name. This thread might be helpful as to where to find the s/n on Motobecanes.
Motobecane Serial Number Database

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Old 11-11-18, 05:34 PM
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A few things to look for...

Nomade...steel rims, bolt on rear wheel, maybe QR front wheel.
Mirage...steel rims and QR wheels.
Super Mirage...alloy QR wheels.
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Motobecane also made some nice mixtes with better tubing, but those were not typical in that they did not use a normal mixte's twin lateral tubes from the head tube to dropouts; they used a large single top tube to about the middle of the seat tube with twin laterals from there back to the dropouts.

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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Motobecane also made some nice mixtes with better tubing, but those were not typical in that they did not use a normal mixte's twin lateral tubes from the head tube to dropouts; they used a large single top tube to about the middle of the seat tube with twin laterals from there back to the dropouts.
Interesting design. I wonder if that was supposed to reduce the 'shimmying' that, I'm told, mixte frames can induce.
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Old 11-12-18, 09:00 AM
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[QUOTE=thumpism;20658923]Motobecane also made some nice mixtes with better tubing, but those were not typical in that they did not use a normal mixte's twin lateral tubes from the head tube to dropouts; they used a large single top tube to about the middle of the seat tube with twin laterals from there back to the dropouts.[QUOTE]


The Reynolds 531 tubed Grand Jubile was available as a true mixte, with continuous twin top tubes from head tube to rear dropout. I have a 1975 model and have seen others in true mixte form. Along with the lesser models, none had a model name showing on the small, top tubes. You have to check for top end components, rear axle adjusting screws, Nervex lugs, and maybe a 531 decal if any fragments remain to ID. I have seen a later year Jubile Sport with the variant top tube shown above. It did have a model name on the fat part of TT. Don
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo View Post
The Reynolds 531 tubed Grand Jubile was available as a true mixte, with continuous twin top tubes from head tube to rear dropout. I have a 1975 model and have seen others in true mixte form.
Tres cool!
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Should add that I have owned 4 Mixtes over the years (1 Bridgestone, 2 Motobecane and a Gitane) and never experienced "shimmying", even at speeds above 40 mph. Don
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Thanks for all the replies. Still having trouble determining the model. Tried to post some photos but getting a message saying I can't until I have 10 posts (seems silly, but...)

Model name is really no big deal. I'm not a serious cyclist, have a bike for around town, plan on trying to sell this on Craigslist. I'd guess it's from the early '80s, remarkably good condition, everything looks to be 100% original including the suede saddle. Just a tiny bit of light rust on the handlebar where it's not taped and on the wheel rims. Rode it around the block, seems fine. Oh, I paid $17 for it at the garage sale (not kidding).
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oldberkeley,

Can you post a photo of your bike?

Look for tubing stickers and chrome on the forks and stays (or not). Assuming that the bike has its original components, their quality and construction may indicate the frames' quality and model.

The classic French mixtes (Peugeots, Gitanes, Motobecanes, etc.) are wonderful-riding bikes and handle very well, even in their "gas pipe" versions:
my 1972 Peugeot UO-18 mixte, which belonged to my mom for 30 years, handles very nicely unloaded, even with all of the racks on it that make it a terrific urban hauler/transportation bike.
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As I said, tried to post a photo but get message saying I can't until I have 10 posts.
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Rusted steel rims would indicate an entry or low level bike. Even so, the older model's components can have value that exceeds cost of whole bike if sold separately.

If you want more/better info, enter a post on the "Introductions" page, then reply to some responses until you have 10 posts and put up a pic or 2.

Or you can search through old catalog scans to find an illustration that matches your bike. This link has many catalogs: http://equusbicycle.com/bike/index.html

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