Vintage Bicycles Done Proper :: Portland, Oregon
This Motobecane has a long proud history.
Prior to me, it was owned by an old wrencher and friend here in Portland. I purchased the bike from him in 2007 as my first, serious, road bike. At that point, I didn’t know beans about bikes. I only know that I loved to ride it so I took it out on dry days to pound the pavement or open it up on a long stretching blacktop. After a ride, I heard it was best to keep the drivetrain as clean as possible, so I would wipe down that and the frame. After every…single…ride.
Apparently, my neurosis for cleanliness and preventive care is an ingrained element.
As time went on, I learned more about sizing and realized that the reason I felt sore after rides was because the fit of the Motobecane was not even close to what I should be riding. Upon realizing, I upgraded and left the poor ‘ole Moto being hung from the rafters in the shop, collecting dust, waiting to be ridden again.
I am a firm believer that a functional bike should be ridden and not put up as a museum piece (unless it actually belongs in a museum). Unfortunately, this gorgeous steed was too small for me and too big for my wife (plus she has a spectacular Maranoni anyway) so as much as it pains me, I know that it must go to another home who can/will appreciate it.
Specs are further below but a few standouts elements are as follows:
Color: Custom paint (Gloss black, tan metallic, sea foam green metallic)
Frame Size: 54cm (C-T) seatpost & 55cm (C-C) top tube
Frame/Drop-outs: Unknown; Assuming Reynolds 531 or “Light Steel” 1020
Fork: Unknown; Full chrome
Handlebars: Belleri (French); Cinelli bar wrap
Saddle: Forte Classic
Seat Pillar: Sakae
Crankset: Sakae SA; 52/40 170mm
Freewheel: 6-Speed Suntour Perfect
Hubs: SR (Sealed CCB; 36 hole)
Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-Z206
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-Z503
Shifting Levers: Suntour Accushift “Command” 7-speed shifters
Brakes: Dia-Compe levers; Dia-Compe N500 calipers; Kool-Stop pads
Rims: Araya 27”; Aluminum
Tires: Specialized Armadillo
Pedals: MKS Sylvan (Not pictured but included)
Special Features: Double water bottle bosses
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