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03-13-18, 06:03 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Motofan

Had one of those when I was in college around...

Had one of those when I was in college around 1974. Not a great bike by any means, but it does bring back good memories. I caught my wife on one of those!
03-22-11, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By Motofan

I had a Murray branded version of that exact...

I had a Murray branded version of that exact bike, except in 24". Bought it with may own money at a Western Auto store in 1963. The graphics on the rear rack and tank are definitely the same.
03-07-11, 01:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 564
Posted By Motofan

The Mirage Sport (and I have no idea whether it...

The Mirage Sport (and I have no idea whether it was ever offered in a mixte frame) was a club bike. Mine is a 1981 model. The frame is 1020, and it has downtube shifters(Huret), alloy wheels, Huret...
03-07-11, 07:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 564
Posted By Motofan

My wife has a 1976 Grand Touring Mixte in Vitus...

My wife has a 1976 Grand Touring Mixte in Vitus 172. The componentry of your bike pretty well matches hers. I agree that 1977 looks right for the year (I have a 1977 GT with the same componentry. ...
02-21-11, 01:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 672
Posted By Motofan

Motobecane built a mixte version of the Grand...

Motobecane built a mixte version of the Grand Touring in the mid-70's that used Vitus 172 double-butted tubing. Light, strong, rides great. My wife has the 1976 version. Very sweet!
08-30-10, 08:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 494
Posted By Motofan

Pix!

Pix!
08-02-10, 07:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By Motofan

Either enlarge the headset locknut with a dremel...

Either enlarge the headset locknut with a dremel tool, or just sand down the stem - it's only 0.2mm too big in diameter (22.2 vs, the French 22.0 standard).
08-02-10, 07:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 607
Posted By Motofan

I have a Taiwan-built Motobecane made in 1981,...

I have a Taiwan-built Motobecane made in 1981, so, yeah, they're definitely out there, but the Taiwan frames were nice lugged designs, albeit constructed of 2040 tubing. I'd be freaked out about the...
07-05-10, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,650
Posted By Motofan

I have a couple of Motos without S/N's, and those...

I have a couple of Motos without S/N's, and those that do don't seem to tell me anything. TMar says (and if he says it, you can believe it!) that your best bet is to check for date codes on those...
02-01-10, 12:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,247
Posted By Motofan

All my bikes are Motobecanes, and my wife has one...

All my bikes are Motobecanes, and my wife has one too. All but one have Swiss threaded BB's. That's the spare part I'm ALWAYS looking for. Oh, and French threaded headsets, of course. And 22mm...
01-04-10, 04:07 PM
Replies: 3,044
Views: 592,317
Posted By Motofan

3 of my Motos

Here are:

1) Motobecane Mirage Sport (1981)
2) Motobecane Randonnee (1981)
3) Motobecane Grand Touring (1976)

my favorite bikes.....
10-19-09, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 614
Posted By Motofan

In the worst case, Ive found Park's steel tire...

In the worst case, Ive found Park's steel tire levers to work great, and with care you can avoid scratching up your rims. And, as Robbie says, use some dishwashing detergent, and you might not even...
10-12-09, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 643
Posted By Motofan

I also have '77 GT and here's one more vote for...

I also have '77 GT and here's one more vote for restoring yours!
10-12-09, 09:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,379
Posted By Motofan

Zowie! You're right! I was totally faked out by...

Zowie! You're right! I was totally faked out by the fact that the two Motos I've got with these cranks have Takagi dustcaps on them, but in fact, there's no other marking on the cranks except...
10-08-09, 11:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

They are plain steel rims, and not in the...

They are plain steel rims, and not in the greatest condition, either. They're also ISO 599 size, which required a NOS tire replacement via ebay. So, my future plan is to rebuild both wheels in 26 x...
10-07-09, 08:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,379
Posted By Motofan

Guys, you're wrong about the Tourney crank - it...

Guys, you're wrong about the Tourney crank - it was made by Takagi. I have two of 'em. And the mixte looks nearly identical to my wife's '76 GT mixte. Is there a frame decal still legible? ...
10-07-09, 08:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

Oh also - I didn't paint the frame, just touched...

Oh also - I didn't paint the frame, just touched up the spots and waxed it. The chainguard was painted and detailed except for the area where the original silk screen shows through - just...
10-07-09, 08:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

Thanks for all the good comments. As for the...

Thanks for all the good comments. As for the fenders, I consider the current paint job to be a temporary preservation technique until I get the funds to do it right. The fenders were originally...
10-06-09, 06:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

Well, she's finally complete! Here are the...

Well, she's finally complete! Here are the photos of the finished product. Thanks again to SirMike1983, Cudak888, and all the rest of you for your help!
10-06-09, 05:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,145
Posted By Motofan

Well, guys, I got the Uniroyal tire today (fast...

Well, guys, I got the Uniroyal tire today (fast shipping!) and it was exactly what I needed. The Columbia had two of these exact Uniroyal tires on it when I bought it. Both appeared to be in like...
10-05-09, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 403
Posted By Motofan

Oh yeah, we're interested. Can't get enough bike...

Oh yeah, we're interested. Can't get enough bike pics!
10-05-09, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 787
Posted By Motofan

Total rotating weight makes a BIG difference. ...

Total rotating weight makes a BIG difference. Also, measure the trail on both bikes and compare. You may be surprised.
Replies: 1
Views: 607
Posted By Motofan

Looks British to me. I'm no expert, but the rear...

Looks British to me. I'm no expert, but the rear fender has the white safety stripe, and the rear reflector is exactly like those on Raleighs.
10-05-09, 11:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,196
Posted By Motofan

Actually Wal-Mart (cringe) is now carrying Bell...

Actually Wal-Mart (cringe) is now carrying Bell branded 26 x 1-3/8" road tires in a few of their stores. They appear to be ISO 590. I think they're CST's.
Replies: 11
Views: 4,055
Posted By Motofan

Yikes! I'm really getting old - scratch that...

Yikes! I'm really getting old - scratch that last comment. Columbus tubing was used by Motobecane on their top end bikes from 1977 on, because of the dustup with TI Reynolds over their shipment of...
Replies: 11
Views: 4,055
Posted By Motofan

OOps! You're absolutety right! Reynolds tubing...

OOps! You're absolutety right! Reynolds tubing wasn't used by Motobecane by 1982 or thereabouts...
Replies: 11
Views: 4,055
Posted By Motofan

Motobecane never made TIG welded frames. That's...

Motobecane never made TIG welded frames. That's what they called an "inexternal" brazed frame - essentially a fillet-brazed frame using special fixturing.

Anyway, if it's a Mirage, it's probably...
10-05-09, 07:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,395
Posted By Motofan

Zowie! What a neat looking bike! If the...

Zowie! What a neat looking bike!

If the space problem becomes too acute, I could always take that off your hands....
10-04-09, 03:55 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,151
Posted By Motofan

Time for a nod to the French...my 1977 Motobecane...

Time for a nod to the French...my 1977 Motobecane Grand Touring is definitely the best ride among the five bikes in my stable. Vitus 172 DB main triangle, high-ten stays... glides over bumps and...
10-04-09, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,145
Posted By Motofan

Thanks all - points well taken. Cuda, I saw that...

Thanks all - points well taken. Cuda, I saw that Uniroyal on ebay a couple weeks ago, and when I went back to buy it, I couldn't find it anymore. Thanks for the heads up! I'm buying the Uniroyal...
10-02-09, 01:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,145
Posted By Motofan

26" Tire Hack

Has anyone out there ever tried mounting a 26 x 1-3/8" S-6 tire (ISO 597 mm) on an old 26 x 1.375" (ISO 599 mm) rim? It looks as though, with only 2 mm difference on the diameter, the tire should...
09-21-09, 12:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,584
Posted By Motofan

You might get lucky and find a donor bike if you...

You might get lucky and find a donor bike if you know where to look. The mid-70's to early-80's Motobecanes all seemed to have Swiss threaded BB's. Look for Nomades, Mirages, Super Mirages, Mirage...
09-21-09, 12:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,101
Posted By Motofan

Forgot the link: http://www.zoomspoutoiler.com/ ...

Forgot the link: http://www.zoomspoutoiler.com/

Oh, and it's Unocal 76 Turbine Oil, if you're interested - high temp, non-gumming, good for lots of stuff - the oiler itself is just a bonus.
09-21-09, 12:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,101
Posted By Motofan

I use a product by Norvey, Inc. called the...

I use a product by Norvey, Inc. called the "Original Zoom Spout Oiler" for all my lubrication needs requiring drop control. It's a 4 ounce bottle of paraffin-based, non-gumming turbine oil (appears...
09-21-09, 11:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,130
Posted By Motofan

What I really regret is lending my first road...

What I really regret is lending my first road bike to my brother-in-law, who was in college at the time. When I got it back, the front fork was bent, the Ideale saddle had been left out in the rain,...
09-21-09, 11:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 385
Posted By Motofan

Decals are the least of your worries. Although...

Decals are the least of your worries. Although there are guys on the forum who can point you to custom decal makers, your first concern should be the mechanical overhaul of the bike. A 1975...
08-31-09, 07:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By Motofan

It's an Elgin - built by Columbia for Sears...

It's an Elgin - built by Columbia for Sears Roebuck.....I think.
08-30-09, 08:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 629
Posted By Motofan

Check out the Columbia Serial Number Database at...

Check out the Columbia Serial Number Database at http://www.oldroads.com/co_sn.asp for the date of manufacture.

I don't know much about "muscle bikes" as the various "Sting Ray" types are known,...
08-17-09, 05:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 371
Posted By Motofan

Tektro makes a long-reach sidepull that's right...

Tektro makes a long-reach sidepull that's right around the range you're describing. Make sure to get the nutted brake, not the recessed one.
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By Motofan

I checked out the Xtracycle web site - looks like...

I checked out the Xtracycle web site - looks like a really practical add-on for utility bikes! Good luck with the mixte, and let us know how it works out. Specifically, pictures of the final...
08-16-09, 03:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By Motofan

Yep, it's a Cycle Products vinyl mattress saddle....

Yep, it's a Cycle Products vinyl mattress saddle. I have one on my Columbia 3-speed.
08-03-09, 01:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,650
Posted By Motofan

The old trick of cleaning rusty chrome with a...

The old trick of cleaning rusty chrome with a ball of aluminum foil dipped in lemon jiuce works pretty well - the aluminum won't scratch the chrome, and the lemon juice/aluminum combination provides...
Replies: 7
Views: 17,446
Posted By Motofan

If you want to confirm the date, check the wheel...

If you want to confirm the date, check the wheel hubs - most of them have a two-digit date, followed by a two-digit week code, e.g., 76 04 would be week 4 of 1976. The numbers will be in the center...
07-27-09, 05:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

Well, I tried the xylene, with unfortunate...

Well, I tried the xylene, with unfortunate results. I tried an area on the top tube about 1" X 3". It simply goes right through to bare metal. It's obvious that there are some markings underneath,...
07-27-09, 06:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

Thanks for the tip - I'll see if I can get some...

Thanks for the tip - I'll see if I can get some xylene instead.

In response to previous queries about my references to silver paint, it's simply because when I started on this bike, I assumed it...
07-25-09, 02:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

OOPS! forgot the pics - here they are:

OOPS! forgot the pics - here they are:
07-25-09, 02:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

Here are a couple of new shots: 1) The chain...

Here are a couple of new shots:
1) The chain oiler
2) The fenders' original color, kind of an Indian red
3) The chain guard after I carefully removed the top layer of black paint

Thanks to rhm...
07-24-09, 12:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

Serial #A 139907 puts it in 1955, according to...

Serial #A 139907 puts it in 1955, according to oldroads.com. Surprise! This bike is exactly as old as I am!
07-24-09, 12:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

Hey guys, thanks for all the info! I've begun to...

Hey guys, thanks for all the info! I've begun to carefully disassemble the bike, and I've discovered a couple of other neat things including a chain oiler (still functional!) built into the chain...
07-24-09, 09:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
Posted By Motofan

50’s English Roadster – NOT!

I picked up this bike at my local thrift for a smidge less than $20 because I just couldn’t resist. It’s obviously an American-made bike, since it has an Ashtabula crank, but apart from the name...
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