I’m just about done with Brandi’s Motobecane Mixte. Putting together the cockpit turned out to be a much bigger project than I anticipated.
As it turns out, old French bicycles take a stem with a diameter of 22.0mm. The trouble is that all the stems available now are are 22.2mm. So, I had to commit unspeakable violence to a Nitto Technomic stem. Following advice from Sheldon Brown, I used some sandpaper to remove those pesky .2mm of metal. It looks kind of crappy, but it works.
We’re taking her out for a ride this afternoon. Brandi is still complaining about the saddle. She didn’t like the B72, so it’s wearing an old diamondback POS from my junk pile. She wants platform pedals too, but the project is seriously over budget at this point. Saddles and pedals are going to have to wait until funds become available.
Does anyone know how to determine the age of this bike? I’m guessing late 70’s to early 80’s.
We rode 7 miles of the newly-completed North end of the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. It was 70°F out today, so I ended up wearing shorts and not the woolly underwear. Brandi does not seem to be a fan of friction-shifting. She’ll come around…