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  1. #1
    I like pie
    Join Date
    Feb 2004

    Roadie Q: older frame compatibility with new drivelines

    I saw an old 10spd Motobecane advertised in a local FS paper, and I'm wondering:
    1. if that old bike would be worth anything, and
    2. could it be upgraded to a newer driveline should I decide to?

  2. #2
    all hail der Fuhrer Bush
    Join Date
    Mar 2004

    maybe yes, maybe no

    It's worth exactly what somebody is willing to pay for it.
    How old is "old?" The older it is, the more "valuable" it is to a retro collector/rider.
    But the older it is, the more likely it is to have:
    1. French BB theads and headset sizing. If it does, well good luck with that. You'd have to pay collector prices for 20-year-old parts to fit it. None of the new stuff is available in French to my knowledge. hey, at least it ain't Swiss threaded, like my old Mondia cyclocross bike was.
    2. 126mm or if really old, 120mm rear axle spacing. A steel frame can usually be cold-set to the current 130mm width, and then the dropouts need to be realigned after spreading the stays.
    Your call. If it was me, I'd stick with classic parts instead of puttting f'ugly STI etc on a pretty lugged steel frame like that.

  3. #3
    I like pie
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    I called and left a message for the guy to call me back with details.

    Exact text of the ad has it described as follows:
    Moto Becane French Road Bike. 10-speed. All steel. Suntour VGT derailleur. Weinmann center pole brakes. 57cm. Gold color. Good condition. $75. ###-#### after 6pm.

    I assume it means "center pull" instead of center pole.
    I just want something (cheap) for an occasional road ride, as well as getting around campus on. Should the old driveline parts wear out or already be worn out, I want to be able to fix it somehow.

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