The second tire came today. I mounted it on the rim and took the newly cleaned and adjusted Motobecane on a ride. It is all good, but the brakes are squealing louder than any I have heard. I will sand the pads to try to get down to some softer rubber. If that doesn’t work, I will get Koolstop pads to slip into the Mafac shoes. Mere quibbles. I couldn’t be happier with how it came out. Its brightness overwhelmed the camera. It seems to be glowing!
Stronglight cranks freed from grease coat.
Lyotard pedals with grease removed from the outside and freshened up on the inside.
SunTour derailleur. It is having trouble climbing onto the biggest gear. I will massage it into submission.
Pivo bar and stem.
Mafac levers. People have commented before about how far they are from the bars. It is true!
Mafac Racer brakes.
Huret spoke protector. Aluminum and clear plastic. Fits tightly onto the wheel by pressure from the freewheel. No rattles. Very elegant.
Chunky fork crown, but better than so many today! Note also the gold paint lining the lugs.
Seller’s sticker. Local shop. I will never tire of finding this sticker with the pipe smoking gent. My favorite of all time.
That’s it! I will just mope around until the next magic project comes my way. By the way–this bike must have been in Mike’s head when we made the second bike listed for sale on this page. Someone should buy that thing. It is a beauty!