1978 Motobecane Tour de France

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

 

Specification:

  • Serial No: 43383
  • Frame: Metric Reynolds 531 Extra Leger Butted Tubes Forks and Stays; Seat Tube: cm ctt; Head Angle: deg; Seat Angle: deg; Wheelbase: cm
  • Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record 52/42t, drilled chainrings and machined arms.
  • Pedals: Campagnolo Record Strada
  • Gears: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Front and Rear Derailleurs; Pat 77 rear derailleur;  6-speed freewheel.
  • Wheels: Campagnolo Record LF Hubs; 36 Spokes; Rims:
  • Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
  • Handlebars and Stem: Cinelli Campione Del Mondo Bars on Cinelli 1A Stem with machined sides
  • Saddle and Seatpost: Cinelli Unicanitor Saddle on Campagnolo Nuovo Record Seatpost, 26.6mm diameter

Comments:

The date of this bicycle is based on the tubing and componentry.  Currently available catalogues do not show the Tour de France model being made from this tubing, but in 1979, they do show this model being made from Columbus tubing, whereas Reynolds was used up until then.  The colour is reminiscent of the La Redoute – Motobecane team bikes of 1979.  The colour of the team bikes was later changed to dark blue.

The brake levers and chainrings have been drilled for lightening and a groove has been milled on the inside face of each crank and the sides of the stem, presumably for the same purpose, and grooves have been machined in the seat post too.

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1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model

1978 Motobecane Tour de France Model