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'75 Motobecane Nomade Sprint

Old 10-23-14, 07:39 PM
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'75 Motobecane Nomade Sprint

I just picked up this bike for $50. It was pretty crusty so I degreased it and it rides smoothly and shifts fine. I didn't want to push it on these rotted tires. I don't know anything about Motobecanes other than it was made in England. It just looked to me like a well made bike. I am thinking about putting aluminum rims on it. I've heard some older bikes can be swapped to 700c rims without problems because the brake shoes are adjustable enough to accommodate the 700c rims. Is this true?





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Old 10-23-14, 07:50 PM
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Made in France, wasnt it?
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MBKs were made in France. You'll want to check the frame carefully as that is a replacement fork and the bike was quite likely crashed. No big deal replacing 27 inch wheels with 700c as long as the brake shoes can be adjusted down a bit.
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Yes, I meant France. Frame looks to be in good shape. The rear rim has a texture on the surface that contacts the brake shoe, but the front rim is smooth.
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What size chain would be on this bike?
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Originally Posted by Scratcher09 View Post
Yes, I meant France. Frame looks to be in good shape. The rear rim has a texture on the surface that contacts the brake shoe, but the front rim is smooth.
My guess is that it has been wrecked which is why you have a different rim on the front with that odd fork. Let me guess, that is a chrome Rigida rim on the back, called a "superchromix"? The chain is just a standard 5/6 speed chain, readily available and cheap.
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The Nomade is Moto's entry level bike. High tensile frame and low end components? You paid about FMV for the as is condition of that bike. I bought one a year ago for $20 that needed a full overhaul. They ride nicely though, despite their weight. I would clean and overhaul the bike, replace the consumables, and not change the rims. Standard ten speed chain, about $9.00.

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Originally Posted by Scratcher09 View Post
I am thinking about putting aluminum rims on it. I've heard some older bikes can be swapped to 700c rims without problems because the brake shoes are adjustable enough to accommodate the 700c rims. Is this true?
The shoes would have to be moved down 4 millimeters. You are in the best position to judge if that is possible. It doesn't look like it from here.
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Your brake pads look like they are already as far down as they can go. You would probably need to buy long reach brakes to get to 700c.

There is nothing wrong with 27" rims, there are still a lot of tires still made for them.

If it were my mine. I would pick up a set of Panracer Pacelas and a 2 pair of Kool Stop brake pads.
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Weren't some Motos made in Switzerland? I know a lot of them have Swiss threaded bottom bracket, which are pretty much impossible to replace now. How does your crank feel?
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To me, those brakes don't look long-reach enough to swap in the 700c wheels. This is a low-end bike; be careful what you spend on upgrades.
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The crank feels smooth. I think I can adjust the shoes down another 3 or 4 mm--more if I pull out my dremel. Not planning on spending much on this bike. Tires, maybe rims, chain, cables, and kool stops.
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Originally Posted by icepick_trotsky View Post
Weren't some Motos made in Switzerland? I know a lot of them have Swiss threaded bottom bracket, which are pretty much impossible to replace now. How does your crank feel?
I'm pretty sure they didn't make them in Switzerland. They used Swiss threads because Swiss threads are smarter than French threads. In other words, it's good to have a fixed cup with a lefthand thread.
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I'm pretty sure they didn't make them in Switzerland. They used Swiss threads because Swiss threads are smarter than French threads. In other words, it's good to have a fixed cup with a lefthand thread.
Where did the Swiss thread come from, then? Are there any Swiss marques? Motobecanes are the only bikes I ever hear of with that threading. Perhaps they were never exported.
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This is my 74 Nomade with new Sun CR-18 271/4 wheelset. I just snagged a Motobecane leather saddle for it. Cottered cranks on this one.

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This is my 74 Nomade with new Sun CR-18 271/4 wheelset. I just snagged a Motobecane leather saddle for it. Cottered cranks on this one.

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