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What a coincidence! Just last week, I so happened to do some research on the 80's version of the Motobecane Grand Touring. Reading through several old catalogues of other brands as well. Beautiful bike. I'm envious. Thanks for sharing the photos. All those steel 15 and 18 speeders make me lusty.
Thanks for the compliment - It took me a bit to restore, but I appreciate the fact that at 53 years old I'm riding my father's bike (the pump is also original, and I've still got the original purchase receipt and owner's manual). This one is the normal 5 cog freewheel and dual chain-ring for 10. I find myself shifting about 25% as much when riding this as I do when riding my flat bar road bike with 24 speeds total. The original Suntour V-GT luxe rear and VCompe front derailleurs are bulletproof and still work perfectly after all these years. This bike is an extremely smooth ride on the Vitus 182 French tubing.
Protogs for life, man!Y'know I was out for a long ride yesterday (well, about 125km/77 miles), but didn't take a picture of the bike or what I was wearing.
Weather was dry, but just above freezing. With the exception of the pad in my shorts and a modern helmet (when I was a bike messenger/ courier I bounced my head off the road so always wear one even if it's an old school leather one) everything else was wool. But that did include 2 wool base layers on top, 2 pairs of wool socks, 2 pairs of wool cycling tights, 2 wool jerseys... although only one wool/ waxed cotton cycling cap and one pair of wool gloves and a pair of lace up leather cycling shoes.