rebuilding steel bikes from the bike boom era....mostly
Monday, September 28, 2015
Early 1970s Motobecane Mirage
I got some good news at the end of this week, I got offered a new contract gig that should set me up for the next 8 months or so, which after months of looking was a relief. Before I found that out I was looking for deals on bikes in need of some TLC that I could make some money on. I found this MB on Craigslist for about $30 which IMHO is a good starting point for a profitable turn around.
I placed this bike in the early 70s due to the simplex drive train and cottered crank. I chuckled seeing the front derailleur was SunTour and mounted over a strip of bar tape. Likely the original simplex plastic front derailleur failed as they are wont to do and since the French tubes are too skinny for a Japanese component the bar tape allows enough thickness to mount it to the MB frame.
not original equipment
The bike is complete, paint is in decent shape and it even has fenders and a rack and a non-working sidewall generator and lights. I will probably strip all the lighting stuff off but I will save the generator and see if I can make it work, I've always wanted to try one.
The bike also has some vestigial front speedometer wiring as well and since there is no speedo attached I don't see much point in keeping all that either.
lots of useless plastic
The plan for now is to clean this bike up replace the consumable that need to be replaced and turn it around quickly, but I have a few other projects in the queue to finish up first.