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dating a motobecane(12 posts)

dating a motobecanemoschika
Apr 11, 2003 10:27 PM
is there anyway to date motobecanes?
Apr 11, 2003 10:45 PM
here is the head badge. looks older then what's at classic rendezvous' website.
headbadgeeddie m
Apr 12, 2003 5:13 AM
Fancy lugs and centerpull brakes had all but disappeared by 1976, and not many derailer bikes were imported before 1965 or so. My guess is that it's an early 70's.
Apr 12, 2003 7:03 PM
I think very early 70's. The 74 I describe below has a later headbadge, consisting just of the M with a pair of symmetrical wings beneath, and it is stuck on, not riveted.
Looks a lot like this . . .micha
Apr 12, 2003 5:37 AM
. . . Gran Record.
grand jubilemoschika
Apr 12, 2003 10:47 AM
i noticed that after i had posted. but mine is the grand jubile.

which is not listed on the site. was this something between the Jubilee and Grand Record?
grand jubilemicha
Apr 12, 2003 3:31 PM
I'm guessing it was between the Jubilee and Gran Record. The term "Gran" ties it together. Nice bike!
grand jubileM_Currie
Apr 12, 2003 6:32 PM
It's my understanding that the Gran Jubilee was offered for several years and may have varied in components, but as a starting point, here is one of them, bought new by my wife in 1974, which has Huret Jubilee derailleurs, cotterless Stronglight cranks, 27 inch wheels and Weinmann center-pull brakes. The frame is Reynolds 531, with the label "trois tubes renforcées," which presumably means that the main tubes are butted, but the rear triangle is not.
Older than 1978 w/o doubtWalter
Apr 12, 2003 6:27 PM
In that year I bought a brand new Moto and it had the more familiar "winged M" headbadge. I saw a 75 catalog on eBay and think it had the winged badge as well so oler than 175 probably. May be a pre-Boom bike. Leather saddle?
no leather saddlemoschika
Apr 13, 2003 8:43 AM
actually no saddle or seatpost at all. it has the wienmann centerpulls, cotterless stronglight crank, 27" wheels, a technomic stem with a super long quill. Normandy rear hub and Sunshine front.
Transplants over the yearsWalter
Apr 14, 2003 3:50 AM
I doubt a Moto of that vintage would have any Asian parts. The Weinmanns and Normandy rear are probably original.

The Nitto is a nice addition. If you don't need an extra-long quill stem for fit purposes there's always a market for those stems. However 22mm stems are somewhat rare so don't part with it unless you've got a replacement lined up.
now it has a leather saddlemoschika
Apr 24, 2003 3:43 PM
just picked up a used leather saddle off e-bay that supposedly came off a Grand Record. complete with "M" logo.