Tuesday, February 16, 2016

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration - Some Nice Components Installed at Some Point

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle After Retoration
I have been slowly working on this Motobecane Grand Touring over the last month.  I had a small problem that is mentioned down below in the restoration process.

This example of the Motobecane Grand Touring is really really cool to me.  What I find to be so cool about this Motobecane is the component choices and they are original choices from Motobecane. The Grand Touring has a beautiful Stronlight crank (My favorite crank of all time but not my favorite to restore.).  It has Mafac center pull brakes, Mafac brake levers.  Normandy hubs and very nice alloy rims.  To top it all off the is a Suntour drive train, works great and is bullet proof.  This is the stuff I find cool and it is in a classic bike and classic styling.

When I work on a bike like this I can't help thinking about here the bike has gone, who owned it and where the adventured.  The history of the bike.  I have a feeling this Motobecane has seen a lot.  It has some very high end touring tires on it from back in the day, to bad they are long gone.

With all the coolness the Grand Touring is a little rough.  The paint is rough, for now the plan is to do what I can to the original paint.  The components are in okay starting shape.  The Motobecane will receive a restoration along  with new tires, new tubes, new handlebar tape, new brake lever hoods, new saddle and new cables and cable housings.

I can't wait to see the Motobecane complete and to test ride it since it is so high on my cool scale.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Handlebars

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Brake Levers

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Stem & Handlebars

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Awesome Logo

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Head Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Front Mafac Brake

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Hub

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Rim

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Stem

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Headset

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Fork Crown

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Hub

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Top Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Shift Levers

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Down Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Saddle

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Seat Lug

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Seat Tube Decal - Awesome!

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Stronglight Crank

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Front Derailleur

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Rear Brake Caliper

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Rear Derailleur

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Hub

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Hub
I stripped the components from frame.  The paint is rough.  The paint has a little surface rust on the top tube.  The paint is wrinkled in a lot of places.  But I think I will get he paint to look better and the age in the paint is kind of cool, it just kind of goes with the classicness of the bike over all and its many miles.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Head Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Head Tube - Love the gold outline!

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Head Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Top Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Down Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Seat Lug

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Seat Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Seat Lug

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Seat Stays

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Brake Bridge

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Chain Stays

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Drop Outs

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Fork

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Fork Crown

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Fork Crown

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Fork Blades

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Chrome Blades

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Before - Fork Drop Outs

I cleaned the frame and started working through some of the polishing grits.  I was able to remove a good amount of the paint yellowing.  Some of the paint staining and smooth out a little of the rough spots.  The frame paint actually looks better then the photos show, I have a hard time photographing white paint.  I am actually pretty happy with the results of the frame, yes it is rough but it also came back a long way.  There is some shine to the paint and the look overall just goes with the bike overall.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished


1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Head Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Head Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Head Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Top Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Down Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Seat Lug

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Seat Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Seat Lug

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Chain Stays

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Drop Outs

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Fork

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Fork Crown

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Fork Corwn

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Fork Blades

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Frame Polished - Fork Chrome Blades

The reason the Motobecane was a slow process was because the Stronglight crank puller I had and paid a lot for broke off in the crank.  The screw in portion cracked in half and it was a pain to get out of the crank.  I found that Velo Orange is selling a Stronglight crank puller, so far it is pretty darn nice.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Velo Orange Stronglight Crank Puller
Since I was looking and waiting on the crank puller most of the components have been polished and restored and ready for the frame for quite a while.

I like the headset a lot.  It is a Stronglight headset and is just nicely made and looks great.  The bottom bracket is also a Stronglight and is very nice also. The front brake cable hanger was bent, I straightened that out no problem.

I cleaned all the pieces through he crock pot and did all the polishing.  The headset and bottom bracket polished beautifully.  Installed the headset and bottom bracket looks fantastic and with the bearings packed in new grease they spin great too.  


1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Headset Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Cable Hanger - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bottom Bracket - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Headset & Bottom Bracket - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Cable Hanger - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Pressing Headset Cups

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Headset Bearings - Packed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Headset Bearings - Packed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Headset Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Headset Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bottom Bracket Bearings Packed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bottom Bracket - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Headset & Bottom Bracket - Complete

I think the handlebars, stem and brake levers are very cool.  I love the logos on the handlebars and the stem has a lot of character.  I broke everything down and worked through the polishing wheels.  The handlebars polished very nice along with the brake levers.  The stem also polished very nice considering the stem doesn't have the smoothest finish from the original forging or casting.  

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Handlebars - Stem & Brake Levers - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Handlebars & Stem - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Handlebars - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Stem - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Stem - Exploded

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Stem - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Brake Levers - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Handlebars - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Stem Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Stem - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Brake Levers - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Brake Levers - Installed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Brake Levers - Installed
1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Handlebars Assembly - Installed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Handlebars Assembly - Installed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Handlebars Assembly - Installed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Handlebars Assembly - Installed

The brake calipers are the classic Mafac Racer calipers.  I will have to replace the yoke cables with new shift cables.  These cables are jut to far gone.  I broke the calipers down and did all the cleaning and polishing.  The pieces polished very nice.  Assembled the brake calipers look great and installed they look even better.
1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Brake Calipers - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Brake Calipers - Exploded

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Brake Calipers - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Brake Calipers - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Brake Caliper - Installed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration 
Rear Brake Caliper - Installed
 At this time installed the seat post and rear cable hanger.  The seat post is a very nice post, alloy and very very light.  Polished it looks good and installed even better.  The new saddle will be installed later.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Seat Post - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Seat Post - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Seat Post - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Seat Post - Installed
This Stronglight crank is my favorite of all cranks.  It is just a beautiful crank.  However it is not my favorite to restore, a lot of parts and a lot of polishing but it is worth it in the end.  I broke the crank down and started working through the polishing grit.  The pieces polished very nice especially the crank arms.  Assembled the crank is just fantastic and installed even better.  I love this stuff.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Crank - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Crank - Exploded

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Crank - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Crank Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Crank - Installed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Crank - Installed

The shift levers are Suntour Power Shifters.  They are not the prettiest levers but they work so well, one of my favorites ever.  Polished up and lubricated they look pretty good and function great.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Suntour Power Shift Levers - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Shift Levers - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Shift Levers - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Shift Levers - 
Installed

The derailleurs are are Suntour, nice functioning and bullet proof.  I broke down the derailleurs and worked through the polishing wheels.  The derailleurs polished and function great with everything properly lubricated.  The front derailleur looks amazing next to the crank and the rear derailleur isn't to shabby either.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Derailleur - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Derailleur - Exploded

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Derailleur - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Derailleur - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Derailleur - Installed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Derailleur - Installed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Exploded

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Installed
 That completes the main body components of the Motobecane.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle so far.

I like the wheels a lot, they are Normandy hubs with some very nice alloy rims.  I broke the wheel hubs down and polished the hubs and rims.  The hubs polished very nice.  The rims polished nice, the rims had a few rough spots but came back very nice overall.  I installed Panaracer tires, the Panaracers look fantastic with the overall look of the Motobecane.  Overall I am very happy with the wheels and they spin forever.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Wheel - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Wheel Rim - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub - Old Grease

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub - Polihed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Wheel Rim - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Wheel Bearings - Packed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Axle Pieces Ready

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
New Panaracer Tires

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Wheel - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Wheel Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Wheel Hub - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Wheel Rim - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Wheel Hub - Old Grease

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Wheel Hub - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Wheel Bearings - Packed

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Wheel Rim - Polished

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Front Wheel Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Wheels - Complete

At this point I installed the new brake lever hoods.  The hoods where not made for these levers specifically but they fit very nice.  Installed the brake lever hoods make a huge difference and fit the Motobecane's look very well.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
New Brake Lever Hoods

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
New Brake Lever Hoods

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Brake Levers Hoods - Complete

Time to wire the Motobecane.  The best color for cable housings is of course the Dark Ice Gray.  I also used two new shift cables to make new brake caliper yoke cables.  I also installed the new black handlebar tape.  Man the Motobecane looks great with the cables and tape complete!  I love this stuff!

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
New Cables & Cable Housings

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Making New Yoke Cables

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
New Handlebar Tape

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Cables & Handlebar Tape - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
New Front Yoke Cable

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
New Rear Caliper Yoke Cable

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Wired

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Wired

Just a few things to go, I installed the new saddle and completed the pedals.  The pedals looked very rough to me but after removing the old and damaged reflectors the pedals turned out great.

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
New Saddle

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Pedals - Before

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Pedals After

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Pedals - Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Pedals - Complete
1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Pedals Installed
 That completes the Motobecane.  I love the style of the Motobecane.  I can't wait to ride it.  I also hope to get some good final photos today if some of the gloomy dark cloud cover goes away.


1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete

I got to test ride the Motobecane today.  It is a beautiful day for once.  The rear derailleur took a good deal of work to get tuned correctly but now it works well.  I really like the ride of the Motobecane, the bike is very smooth and has a very tight responsive feel.  I wish it was bigger though, after a winter of not riding very often the knees did not like the small bike.  I like the feel of the Motobecane very much though, the ride is very smooth, it glides over road bumps and handles very nice.  The components area great mix.  The brake levers and calipers have a very crisp feel to them and that is the way I like them.

I think the looks of the Motobecane are fantastic, it will get a lot of attention out on the roads, paths and crushed limestone.  The white paint and all the classic accents are beautiful, how a bike was meant to look.  That crank is beautiful!


1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Handlebars

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Brake Levers

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Head Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Mafac Caliper

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Hub

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Hub

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Rim

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Stem

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Head Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Fork Crown

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Half

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Shift Levers

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Saddle

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Seat Tube

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Drive Train

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Crank

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Derailleur

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Chain Stays

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Brake Caliper

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Derailleur

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Hub

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Rim

1975 Motobecane Grand Touring Restoration
Bicycle Complete

Thank You for the interest!!
John Z.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful work as always. I really like how you brought the paint back rather than going the repaint and apply route and all the chrome just shines someone is getting a jewel of a rebuilt. I have a 78 Motobecane GT in the queue and though its not starting as rough I hope it turns out half as well when finished as your 75

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