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Love my Motobecane(6 posts)

Love my Motobecaneroadmama
May 14, 2002 7:53 PM
I am still riding my original 1973 Motobecane Grand Jubilee. It has all original parts except tires. While I could go faster on something new, that's not the point for me. Givng up that bike would be like parting with a member of the family!
Grand Jubilee was my all-time favorite road bike.cory
May 15, 2002 7:54 AM
Found it for $150, apparently unused, in a freight salvage yard in 1982 or '83. It had low-end Campy parts (990? I forget the designation), Brooks saddle and Helicomatic hubs (try finding THOSE now). I rode it for 12 years until I bent the downtube in a crash. Of all the bikes I've owned before or since, only my Atlantis comes close to being as comfortable and enjoyable.
Same reason I love my 71 Schwinn ...Humma Hah
May 15, 2002 4:47 PM
... I'll have owned it for 31 years in July, I've done all my rides of longer than 60 miles on it, it got me back in shape lately as I got it back in shape ... we've grown up together and its like a brother to me.

Humma Hah is not my name, its the bike's name. When they get old enough to drink and vote, the deserve a name. Once they have a name, they're like people.
re: Love my MotobecaneSteveS
May 15, 2002 7:28 PM
Was that frame black with a red head tube and seat tube bands and gold pin-striping? If so, I remember how pretty those were. In 1983 I got my Grand Jubilee (a bit lower grade than the '73 I would bet) and it made from a great touring bicycle in England and Scotland. Years after I sold my bike, I tried to buy one off a guy at a century. Spoil sport wouldn't sell. My Grand Jubilee was the smoothest riding of any bike I ever had, like a Cadillac.

Post a picture of your bike in the gallery.
re: Love my Motobecaneroadmama
May 16, 2002 7:20 PM
Actually this bike is silver with red trim and striping. The brazing is beautiful, and I will post a photo soon. It has Weinmann 610 brakes, Huret derailer, Pivo stem, and the original Sella Italia black suede seat (no noticeable suede left though). Hard to believe how many miles it has with all original parts. It's starting to squeak a little now, but then so do I some mornings.
Grand Jubileeslx
May 28, 2002 6:25 AM
Hi Steve,

What size do you ride? My 1984 Grand Jubilee(with probably less than a hundred miles on it) would like to belong to someone who would actually ride it! (Yes, I bought it new...poor thing needs a rider...it's all original...has dust but no rust!)