Saturday, March 31, 2012
Mid 70's Motobecane Mirage
Mid 70's Motobecane mirage road bike 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 and offer professional bicycle repair services.
This Motobecane mirage was bought last year from a person who was getting divorced and had to sell the whole content of his house. He was somewhat of a bike collector, we ended up buying 2 more bikes from him. I was on the look out for this specific Paint scheme for a long time. Motobecane mirage was an entry level model for motobecane even though they also had the Motobecane Nomade which had lower end components. The Motobecane mirage was similar to the Motobecane super mirage but had steel rims instead of alloy rims in the super mirage. the Motobecane mirage is definitely not rare, most of them came in either the metallic red or the gold-tan color. This neon green paint with golden accented lugs is relatively rare and 've been meaning to find one for a long time. When we got Motobecane Mirage it had cottered cranks, steel rims, different shifters, seat and housings. We ended up replacing the wheels with a brand new alloy wheelset and crank, seat, tape, cables, etc. Basically only the frame, fork, stem, brakes and handlebar were original. If we hadn't picked it up that day, it would have probably been in the landfill today. The most interesting part of this refurb was the bottom bracket. We had to take it off because the crank was bent and motobecanes are known to have either french or Swiss bottom brackets. When we took it off we tried to install a standard sealed English bottom bracket and to our surprise the motobecane mirage accepted it without any problems. you learn a new thing every day. We sold it to a student in UMASS who came all the way from Natick with his father (about 40 mins away from somerville, where the shop is) super nice guys.