In continuation of our Twins feature a couple of months ago today’s OTS, a 1977 Motobecane Super Mirage, is an absolute spot-on match to this Motobecane mixte from the early days of the OTSG.Â Matt’s superior example does come complete with original(?) brake hoods, and—this is big in my book—a sweet chrome speedo!
Found this old Motobecane Super Mirage in my parents’ basement last time I was home. I’d remembered it always hanging in our garage as a kid, and not being allowed to ride it. Apparently my dad had given it to my mom when they first started dating in the late 70s and it’s always been with us, but seldom ridden. It was absolutely covered in grime, dust, and old grease. Dry rotted tires, etc. I have been into old bikes for awhile now and thought this one would be a beauty so I shipped it down to Austin and spent a few weekends cleaning it up as best I could. Surprisingly the metal parts shined up beautifully, with zero rust anywhere. Threw some new 27 inchers on the rims and now it’s good to go! Just took my first spin on ‘the forbidden bicycle!’