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”!
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
is currently outfitted in the following un-restored condition:
Š 24” Frame with Reynolds 531 DB tubing in the 3 main tubes and
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
Š Sedis “Sedisport” gold chain.
Š Weinmann “999” Center Pull Brakes and levers (original), AME hoods
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
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)