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1974 Motobecane Grand Record

My final attempt at owning a French beauty without some quirky annoyance needing special machining skills or use of Loctite . I've failed yet again. I can safely say that even after 50 years of serious bike lust , wrenching on French bicycles can be exasperating. New out of the box in the 70's and early 80's or restoring / refreshing unmolested vintage examples today, French manufacturing of that era was just enough to get em out the door. This upper end Motobecane did have a sense of pride attached to it's finishing at its birth. That alone made it worth the trouble correcting it's flaws.

Reynolds 531 butted mains / 62 CM CtC/ Nervex Professional lugs (Female contour version?)

Reynolds 531 with steer tube reinforcement sleeve at the crown / Stronglight French threaded

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Sugino Mighty Compe , Sugino 35 x P1 French

Shimano Dura Ace 7401 rebuilt and powdered

Suntour Pro Compe Gold 14 x 24 5 speed / Sugino Victory 42 x 52, Sachs 870

Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Cinelli Campion del Mondo / MOD.1-Record

New issue of the classic Selle Italia Turbo, GPM fluted 26.4

Campagnolo Super Record (Mostly)

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Campagnolo Nuovo Record High Flange 36 hole cross 3 / Sun M13 II / Panaracer Pasela 700 x 28

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Ditto above

Custom reworked EVO handlebar bottle mounts lowered for a better look and CG , Matching Silca pump

More Info:
Purchased with Super / Nuovo record upgrades. The TA crank was long gone but had a 175mm Super Record that sadly was seriously cracked in the usual place and had to be relegated to wall art duty. The TA BB was pulled and replaced with a new Sugino unit I had squirreled away decades ago. The Sugino crank once resided on a Raleigh Grand Prix back in 1974. One of my earliest upgrade purchases. The Super Record brakes were missing their original pads and holders. Dia Compes filling in for now. The early Cinelli Mod.1 Record stem and bars along with the Nuovo Record High Flange tubular wheels gave me what I needed to re-lace and complete.

Added by Velogarden. Last updated about 5 years ago.

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