We’re finishing this week across the Channel with two nice Motobecane. This is the more senior of the two, Jim G’s 1975 Motobecane Grand Touring.
What’s the verdict on those Nashbar SSM Regal-knockoffs? Are the worth the $13 that they are right now?
Submission for OTS Bike of the Month consideration
Name: Jim G Year: 1975 Make: Motobecane Model: Grand Touring
Looking for a winter project, I purchased this bike from my local bike shop in December 2011. Seeing the layers of dirt and grime, there was no doubt this bike had been stored in the very back of the “back” room. Reminded of the story of the development of WD40, I settled on a new bottle of No.7 Chrome and Metal polish from the Nuts and Bolts hardware store to work some metal magic. The transition from dull to shiny bright exceeded my expectations of what was possible. It didn’t take long for me to see that the gold pin striping on the frame and around the lugs was the perfect setup for a new brown seat and handlebar tape. Performing internet research on this bike was as rewarding as the reconditioning. I discovered a 1975 Motobecane catalog that confirmed all the components are original, including a few upgrades from the Grand Jubile. The frame is fully lugged, “1020” light steel tubing measuring 25 inches. This is coupled with a PIVO 120mm stem, making for a very tall ride. Both the headset and crankset (42-52) are Stronglight which are upgrades from the Grand Jubile. The MAFAC “RACER” brakes are upgrades from the Motobecane Tandem model. After replacing the cable housing and cables, the Sun Tour V.G.T. Luxe with stem power shifter began working as smooth as butter. The 5-gear cluster is MAEDA 14-32 on a NORMANDY hub with ATOM quick release skewers. I installed a new set of Michelin World Tour Gum Sidewall 27″x1-1/4″ tires on the WEINMANN alloy rims to keep with the French heritage. I was very surprised how well the LYOTARD pedals with CHRISTOPHE SPECIAL toe clips shed their surface rust. Now that spring has arrived, it is time to hook up with some club rides and show off this beautiful OTS!