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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:43 am 
Dirt Disciple

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morning all

got a phone call last night of my girlfriends younger brother (he is 13) all excited that he has been given "an old racer"

i haven't seen it yet but he said its an Motobecane

an has a Huret rear dérailleur with down shifters

he is bringing it around tonight so i can take a look

anyone know anything about them?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:23 pm 
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There French !

There was many nasty Motobecanes which were built poorly and weighed as heavy as a elephant.

Beware of a French bike as it could have entirely French threaded parts like Headset/Bottom-Bracket/Freewheel/Pedals, these parts are hard to come by.

http://www.velobase.com/ViewBrand.aspx? ... 47a&From=T

Many riders don't like Motobecanes because they don't have Campag' on them but Simplex/Stronglight and Weinnmann instead, its an ignorance thing really :(

From wilki'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motob%C3%A9cane

If it say MBK on it it has nothing to do with the French company when it folded an American firm bought the name Motobecane but all their bikes are called MBK.

PS' it will be nice to see another Motobecane on this site ! Be it high quality or just bog standard, so get some pic's taken.

Ian


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:38 pm 
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The same company also manufactured under the name Motoconfort. Just happens I have one for sale at the moment :)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251079794952? ... 1555.l2649

If you ever get chance to look at Cyclepedia: A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs, you'll see the French are one of the great cycling innovators, something they've never really had the credit for that they deserve.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:44 pm 
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Robbied196 wrote:
The same company also manufactured under the name Motoconfort. Just happens I have one for sale at the moment :)


Don't tell everyone you plonka i'm still watching yours !

The Motoconfort was the 'touring' side of Motobecane.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:42 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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cheers all!

i dont know how old it is but he said the wheels are rusted so they must be steel?

so i dont know if that is an indication of age

pics to follow


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:16 am 
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Ian Raleigh wrote:
Robbied196 wrote:
The same company also manufactured under the name Motoconfort. Just happens I have one for sale at the moment :)


Don't tell everyone you plonka i'm still watching yours !

The Motoconfort was the 'touring' side of Motobecane.


Oooops! :)

Good bit of info about Motoconfort = Touring :)


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