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 Post subject: early 80s Motobecane
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:09 pm 
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Hi. I have this Motobecane and was wondering if it was worth anything.Image. Image. Image. Image.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:12 pm 
North Wales AEC / OWMTBC 2010 Champion
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Nah, not worth saving, but i'll provide the bin for you :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:27 am 
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Nice :)


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:42 am 
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underated brand with its 'inexternal' tubing

plenty of info around:

http://velobase.com/Resource_Tools/CatalogScans.aspx


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:33 pm 
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That's a nice bike with some quality period fittings. Very short front end, those forks look very small rake. Should have good handling.

I'm sure somebody here would like it. To small for me.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:52 pm 
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Thanks very much for the help. Much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:57 pm 
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Hello all, I've just purchased a similarly decalled motobecane frame of the fleabay, essentially because I saw some in France on holiday last week and thought they might help make me appear more stylish and knowledgeable about french wine...

I'll need to build it up into something useable when it arrives so keep that Motobecane wisdom coming including any suggestions for age and brand appropriate components and original specs.

Legrandefromage, thanks for posting the velobase link and nonameguy, cheers for the lovely photos of your ride.


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 Post subject: motobecane
PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:18 pm 
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use and enjoy it there is a good feeling to riding 80's steel , i enjoy riding them . keep the old steelies going you will enjoy it , if not let somebody else have the pleasure


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:59 pm 
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kinda miss my jubilee sport...


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:25 pm 
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Motobecane frame's arrived, and almost immediately proved that the colour of a frame (in this case a racy looking viper green metallic) should not denccesaily be the prime consideration when buying.

In short, a past owner has started a fixie conversion and has cut out the rear drop outs, reversed them so they are horizontal and rearward facing, and then remounted them higher and further forward than they were before, with the result that 700c wheels will only ft with extreme reluctance and I guess the bike will have a very odd nose up attitude, even if they could be made to fit.

The same person has also cut off the guides for the gear and rear brake cables, in a fit of cart-before-the-horse enthusiasm. I'll stick some photos up so you can see what I mean.

It is still a lovely shade of green though, and for that reason I'm still going to see if I can make a good lookng bike out of it. The question is what exactly the finished article should look like. I'd be grateful for any suggestions on that.

Cheers,

Luke


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