This is Matt K’s 1980 Motobecane Mirage.
I found this bike on Craigslist and picked it up for $100. It’s all-original (even the tubes and tires) and has been in storage almost its whole life. There’s a little patina I’m hoping will polish off, but everything works flawlessly. I was looking for something like my dad’s early 80s Pugeot (the first 10-speed I ever rode). This bike absolutely has the feel I was looking for and I couldn’t be happier. It sure beats the hell out of the 20″ BMX I’d been riding since 1993!