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Old 10-11-21, 08:37 AM
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A friend asked me to refurbish his brother's old Peugeot as it has been sitting derelict for years in his garage. The bike will be presented to him as a gift whenever I get it completed. We are not sure if the bike was purchased here or in Europe where the owner toured on it while he was there. It appears to have had the mudguards and rack since new, perhaps some sort of tourist's model. The brakes appear newer than the date on the hubs and components, 1977. My friend Doug says it will likely end up in his brothers living room.





This looks very similar to a PX8 that I bought in 1972. i got it at a French Military post exchange in Kaiserslautern, FRG where I was stationed in the Army. Components, rack and fenders were similar to bike pictured. It also had Soubetiz headlight (with yelow bulb) and taillight. My bike was a French market bike.
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Old 10-11-21, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by browngw View Post
A friend asked me to refurbish his brother's old Peugeot as it has been sitting derelict for years in his garage. The bike will be presented to him as a gift whenever I get it completed. We are not sure if the bike was purchased here or in Europe where the owner toured on it while he was there. It appears to have had the mudguards and rack since new, perhaps some sort of tourist's model. The brakes appear newer than the date on the hubs and components, 1977. My friend Doug says it will likely end up in his brothers living room.
I think it is euro-market tourist model. The Huret spin offs must have been added by the shop. Mafac Racers are at least correct for that vintage. What is the number on the bottom of the bottom bracket ? It is nice large frame, you don't see many of those.
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Old 10-13-21, 07:23 AM
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1980s bertin
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Old 10-13-21, 03:41 PM
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1980s bertin
never have seen that graphics package before.
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Old 10-15-21, 12:48 PM
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My 1973 Motobecane Grand Record. I've had it since 74. Unused for several years and in rough shape after being stolen (and recovered!) and abused a few years back. This summer project turned it into a 1 x 10 with gravel friendly tires. New powdercoat, decals, etc. I masked and sprayed the lugs. Original frame, fork, Stronglight headset & BB & crank (I cut off the large ring). Original seat stem, steerer & bars, Mafac brakes. New wheelset, tubeless tires, rear DR, SRAM shifter. I love the ride, supple, fast enough, climbs, carries city ruts and bumps and gravel trails. These pics before I fine-tuned the setup. I've got about 150 miles on it the last few weeks, super.

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Old 10-17-21, 07:16 PM
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never have seen that graphics package before.
hot rod !!


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Old 10-17-21, 07:29 PM
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Mystery French gravel conversion




The frame has had a quality repaint so there's no evidence of make or model. All French threading and Simplex forged dropouts. The serial is stamped under the bottom bracket but there are numbers on the dropouts as well. Either 26.4 or 26.6 seatpost. The frame weighs about 1,900 grams. Metric tubing. As pictured with 700x35 and 700x40 on front, the angles measure 71.5 ht and 73.5 seat tube. Probably originally built for 27s.



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Old 10-24-21, 01:22 PM
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This simplex dropouts and tube joins indicate peugeot, though the fork might be a replacement, look under the bottom bracket to see if there is serial number, depending on how thick the paint is, you may have to remove some with solvent.
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Old 10-24-21, 01:42 PM
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interesting peugeots on ebay

yes, i know i like peugeot, but these two are pretty rare (condition, #made)

Auction

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Old 10-24-21, 02:01 PM
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Old 10-25-21, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
1970s Gitane Tour de France. Gallery is here.

This is a lovely 1972 Tour de France. Both front and rear derailleurs have been upgraded. It's in excellent condition.

Probably a favorite rider, too!
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Originally Posted by LeicaLad View Post
This is a lovely 1972 Tour de France. Both front and rear derailleurs have been upgraded. It's in excellent condition.

Probably a favorite rider, too!
It was a nice ride, however, both the Gitane TdF and the Peugeot PX-10 lost out to the Motobecane Grand Record in the "which-70s-French-bike-made-of-Reynolds-531-steel-to-keep?" battle.
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Tough call. I've had the PX-10, but Moto's were rare in my area. Yours is very nice.
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Just picked up this Motobecane Le Champion. Been sitting for a while, so will give a full overhaul. Has mismatched wheelset, so will replace with a nice tubular set. I'm pretty excited about it.

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The customized Motobecane Grand Record, mentioned above:

Motobecane Grand Record by John Jones, on Flickr
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That is a very good looking rider!
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That is a very good looking rider!
It is a very sublime rider, indeed. As near to perfect as I can imagine, both in comfort and performance.
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Old 11-01-21, 12:11 PM
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New to me and yet to be built up Jeunet Reynolds 531 frameset with Campagnolo dropouts. My first French frame. Will be slowly collecting French components and plan to build it up over the coming winter.

Very nice frame-- I have a Jeunet 620 with Simplex forged dropouts in the same color. I built it up with Campagnolo Nuovo Record. it rides great even for a carbon steel frame.
I have some extra original foil decals for the down tube if you need one.
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This simplex dropouts and tube joins indicate peugeot, though the fork might be a replacement, look under the bottom bracket to see if there is serial number, depending on how thick the paint is, you may have to remove some with solvent.
There is a serial number. I will get a picture.
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Old 11-02-21, 02:55 PM
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Update on mine, now with campy pedals, toe clips, suntour barcons, and red bar tape.
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Originally Posted by Flatforkcrown View Post
Update on mine, now with campy pedals, toe clips, suntour barcons, and red bar tape.
Motobecanes from this era are some very classy rides. I've been lusting after a Grand Jubile in that paint scheme for years now, but haven't found one for sale when I could afford it.
However, the first of my winter projects this year is a gold/brown Grand Touring 650b conversion that is getting all black hardware. I'm anxious to get started, but there are still opportunities to ride on the weekends. I'll share some photos when I get started...
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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
Motobecanes from this era are some very classy rides. I've been lusting after a Grand Jubile in that paint scheme for years now, but haven't found one for sale when I could afford it.
However, the first of my winter projects this year is a gold/brown Grand Touring 650b conversion that is getting all black hardware. I'm anxious to get started, but there are still opportunities to ride on the weekends. I'll share some photos when I get started...
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i love the black/red also, and I think this year is the only time they did it on the le champion. I love this thing, but donít ride it much at all.
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Lovely old Moto!!
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Just picked this up a few weeks ago a 1985 PH501 Looking almost all original down to the chain. complete with Heliomatic Dork disc!


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