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Motobecane Grand Touring Rebuild

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57cm Motobecane Grand Touring (1982)

Nitto Randonneur

Ritchey Logic/Suntour

Mavic CXP-22 / Origin 8 / Continental Gatorskin 28c

Mavic CXP-22 / Origin 8 / Continental Gatorskin 28c


Brooks B-17

Shimano SPD M-520

Shimano Dura-Ace Bar End / Shimano 105

Tektro / Tektro

27 Speed (3x9)

Got this bike a few years ago from my dad (see "before" photo). Spent all summer repainting and acquiring modern components, with the goal of turning it into a 700c touring bike.

Paint job was spray-can, about 4 coats of color, 3 coats clear & wet sanded/polished. Tried to take my time, a few mistakes, but not bad for my first try.

Problems I came up against: French frames have weird dimensions/threading. As a result, I had to replace both the fork/headset and the stem, as well as the bottom bracket spindle (miraculously, the internals were fine with a re-greasing).

Super pleased with how it turned out, it rides like a dream. Looks classy as hell, too. Was definitely worth all the time and effort I put into it. Rack is a Portland Design Works "The Payload". Tucked a Blackburn frame pump into the seatstay, as well.

Ride bikes err'day. Can't wait to do my first tour on it.

People who friended this bike nikita, SlyRed, Roni Solomon DDS, ArnoldLayne, NinjaMilitia, veggie, ben duncan, godspeedyou, depoca, M0to8ecane, Grakaj, Dugfurr

Looks great! I'd like to do the same...

Love the bike. Can you estimate how much you spent on all of your upgrades? I also have a Motobecane Grand Touring, about the same year, and I'm trying to decide if I'd rather completely upgrade the bike or get a brand new modern one. I think it'd be a cool experience to upgrade the bike but don't want to get into it until I know what I'm getting into.


better photos and rack!

just up'd some better photos. got a pdw payload this weekend, it's wicked nice. let me know what you think!

Looks good, mang

Nobody would ever guess it was an old Motobecane. Good work! The pre-op photo reminds me of the Lotus Grand Prix I got from my dad, same colors, striping, and size. I left with Travis for a summer... well, a few weeks.. before it got stolen out of an apartment on South Ave.

The loss of that bike sent me on the most insane bike buying craze and the rest is history. No hard feelings, just hard riding.

Excellent Touring Bike

I want to build a Motobecane similar to yours for touring. Hope to see bigger pics soon.

thanks! yeah, i'm going to

thanks! yeah, i'm going to take some nice ones (detail shots, etc) and put them up this weekend.

i love this frame, but before you think about doing any conversions/replacements, make sure you educate yourself thoroughly on the differences in threadings/dimensions on french frames. i didn't do my homework well enough at first, so the entire project took me longer as i figured out old things that didn't fit, etc. but now that it's done, i love it to death.

this is a very nice rig

do you have larger photos?

thanks! i will get some

thanks! i will get some larger photos up later today, the only one i have is that cell phone photo so far. i plan on taking some nicer photos.

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