The following pictures are of my 1975 MOTOBECANE Grand Record which I received as a high school graduation gift from my parents in 1976. This was my main and only road bike until 1983 when it was supplemented with a Guerciotti Jet. At that time, early symptoms of a life long disease first started to appear in me. That disease (which probably affects most people viewing cyclofiend) is called “Bikecoholism”!

Right from the beginning I was changing and upgrading my Grand Record. When we initially picked her up at the shop I had the dealer make some changes which included replacing the original TA 3 – arm crank with a Sugino Mighty Competition crank and the stock seat post with a SR Royal. Both of these items are Campy Nuovo Record look-a-likes and have performed flawlessly for over 30 years. I also had the original Brooks Pro saddle replaced with an Italian Buffalo suede padded saddle, which was a dumb move on my part and have since rectified! Also gone are the original Super Champion wheels with Normandy Lux Competition Hubs and the Atom 700 pedals (both of which I still have).

She is currently outfitted in the following un-restored condition:
Š 24” Frame with Reynolds 531 DB tubing in the 3 main tubes and fork.
Š Campagnolo Nuovo Record rear derailleur and shifters. (original)
Š Sun Tour Super Pro front derailleur replacing the original Nuovo Record, which broke in the early 80’s.
Š Sugino Mighty Competition cranks (dealer installed upgrade) w/80’s vintage Avocet 42/52 chainrings.
Š Shimano French treaded Dura-Ace bottom bracket and spindle. (Replaced original TA to resolve chain-line issues.)
Š Sun Tour “New Winner” 12-26 6spd freewheel. (Original was a Maillard 13-26.)
Š Sedis “Sedisport” gold chain.
Š Weinmann “999” Center Pull Brakes and levers (original), AME hoods are replacements.
Š Nitto Pearl 9 stem and Universidad handlebar. (original)
Š Wheels upgraded in the mid 80’s w/Mavic GP 4 tubular rims, Specialized “Lifetime” sealed bearing hubs, DT DB SS spokes, and Wolber Sew ups.
Š Sun Tour Super Pro Pedals.
Š Avocet “1” Anatomic saddle which has since been replaced with a slightly used era correct Brooks Professional.
Š SR Royal seat post.
Š Silca frame fit pump. (original)



Motobecane Grand Record - side view

Motobecane Grand Record - drivetrain detail

Motobecane Grand Record - rear angle view


Motobecane Grand Record - Campagnolo Grand Record Derailleur
Motobecane Grand Record - head tube detail


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