Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mid 80's Motobecane Sprint

A mint condition Motobecane we refurbished Here at Bike Boom. If your'e not familiar, Bike Boom is a used bike shop in Davis square, on the border of Cambridge and somerville , near boston MA. where we specialize in restoring and refurbishing used and vintage bikes. 
I chose to show this specific Motobecane because it's quite rare, at least I haven't seen another one yet. We come across the Mirage and Super Mirage models very frequently (at least 10 in the last year) but this one is quite rare. 
Has a lugged carbon steel frame and a mix of Suntour components and Weinman brake calipers. Even though it's not made of chromoly, it's pretty light. Also has the unique rubber bar wrap that encases the brake levers which I have only seen on Motobecanes. 
Motobecanes, although french were mostly outfitted with japanese parts, which were cheaper and higher quality than the french sachs and simplex components at the time.
In general, Motobecanes are always a good choice when it comes to restoring vintage light weight ten speeds. the craftsmanship is superior and so is the paint work. They are usually lighter when compared to similarly priced Japanese bikes.
Try to avoid the early to late 70's motobecanes as they were outfitted with french cottered cranks which are harder to find in your average LBS. Some of them had a french Bottom bracket, which is fine, because you can get them easily today but some have Swiss bottom bracket threading which is impossible to find.
the problem is you never know until you need to service them. If the bottom bracket s in good condition we refurbish but if it's already loose when you examine it, I would pass.  I

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