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Old 09-28-20, 11:39 AM
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I can't buy another bike..Detroit/SE Michigan

Came across this and thought it looked interesting.

https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/b...204479115.html
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Old 09-28-20, 12:25 PM
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$100 seems high for a bike of this caliber with a stuck seat post.
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Old 09-28-20, 12:41 PM
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Yeah for $50 - 60 I would tackle a stuck seat post. But I really can't buy more bikes...at the moment
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There's a thread for that...

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...t-ii-2331.html
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Originally Posted by viperocco View Post
Came across this and thought it looked interesting.

https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/b...204479115.html
Nice, but I cannot save you!
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Old 09-28-20, 02:51 PM
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Nice, but I cannot save you!
Ha! If it is still around this weekend I might make a move. Have to finish current project before embarking on another
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IMHO I would hold out for a nicer Moto I once worked on a Mirage of that size, 23, and it fit like a glove so after I sold it I started looking for something nicer in the Motobecane line and finally found a Grand Touring in the same size for not much more than this Mirage is going for, and its the nicer Vitus tubing. Really like it



after overhaul
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Originally Posted by ryansu View Post
IMHO I would hold out for a nicer Moto I once worked on a Mirage of that size, 23, and it fit like a glove so after I sold it I started looking for something nicer in the Motobecane line and finally found a Grand Touring in the same size for not much more than this Mirage is going for, and its the nicer Vitus tubing. Really like it



after overhaul
grand tourings are much nicer but i was surprised how well moto bikes ride even when they are the low end ones.
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Agreed 52telecaster Peugeots too, the French really had a knack for making a smooth riding frame regardless of material.
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+1, at the risk of piling on. Recently an '84 Peugeot P8 with Carbolite 103 came to me with some beat old mismatched Schwinn steel wheels and two broken derailleurs. I cobbled it up with an old 105 RD and a set of aluminum wheels from a Trek, just for a test drive, and found that it punches well above its "post bike boom bike" class.
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For 100 Bucks a lot of bikes are interesting.
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
+1, at the risk of piling on. Recently an '84 Peugeot P8 with Carbolite 103 came to me with some beat old mismatched Schwinn steel wheels and two broken derailleurs. I cobbled it up with an old 105 RD and a set of aluminum wheels from a Trek, just for a test drive, and found that it punches well above its "post bike boom bike" class.
That's what I'm talkin about....
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Originally Posted by tkamd73 View Post
For 100 Bucks a lot of bikes are interesting.
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And there lies the problem...
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There are soooo many interesting $100 (or less!) bikes out there. You really have to be disciplined not to find yourself with 30 bikes that you cannot maintain and will never have the time to ride.
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You really have to be disciplined not to find yourself with 30 bikes that you cannot maintain and will never ride.
How 'bout just three really nice ones? Motobécane made two that are usually easy to find, the GR and GJ. Pretty much anybody here that can overhaul a bike can find one of those two for easy money. The two upper ones are a quite a bit more difficult to find, the LC and TC. But the search is worth it.
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Looks like a steel seatpost, so no galvanic corrosion; i.e., no heroic measures should be needed to remove the seatpost.
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Just paid that for this:

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/li...are_attachment

Having said that, there's a tall persons Mirage in the build que right now, Also a fan of French bikes for their ride, with my own Moto, Peugeot, and Gitane bikes hanging in the barn.
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How 'bout just three really nice ones? Motobécane made two that are usually easy to find, the GR and GJ. Pretty much anybody here that can overhaul a bike can find one of those two for easy money. The two upper ones are a quite a bit more difficult to find, the LC and TC. But the search is worth it.
hmm I must be looking in the wrong places. I see GT pretty routinely, I have occasionally found GJ but never in my size and I am not sure I ever come across a GR for sale and have only see one in person once. The GT is tricky because in the early 70s it was ho hum1020 tubing and then went to nicer Vitus tubing in the later 70s

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I have occasionally found GJ but never in my size.
I remember posting a local link to one in your size for $200 and you said it was more than you normally pay. I thought you could easily trade up and break even or make a few bucks in the process.

I saw another recently in Burien that's labeled as a GT in the listing, but it has a 531 decal, so, probably a GJ.

Saw a slew of GRs over the summer...

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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
I remember posting a local link to one in your size for $200 and you said it was more than you normally pay. I thought you could easily trade up and break even or make a few bucks in the process.

I saw another recently -- Portland? Can't remember -- that was labeled as a GT in the listing, but it had a 531 decal, so, probably a GJ.
Well I am a cheap bastard
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Well I am a cheap bastard
You really can't lose on a $200 GJ.
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SurferRosa I am realizing my issue was not expanding my price range enough. Here is a local LC too big and too expensive for me but they are out there

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...203690320.html
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I am realizing my issue was not expanding my price range enough.
And my point is this: with the knowledge, tools and time we have, we can acquire better bikes, and it needn't cost any further investment besides time. Through acquisition, rebuilding, flipping ... this is how a better, smaller stable is built.
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