This is a 1970-73 (the specifications are the same for these years) Motobecane Mirage Mixte in Yellow with Gold Lug Chasing and Black Lettering. It is a 21.5″ / 54cm / Medium (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) Lugged Steel frame with a steel fork with Chrome Ends. The stand over height is 24″ directly in front of the saddle.
There are 10 speeds available through the Chrome Solida cottered two ring (52/40t) crankset and the Atom 5 gear (14-26t) freewheel. The Huret spoke protector is in very good condition.
The rear derailleur is a Simplex Prestige and the front is a Suntour Hero. Shifting is through Stem Mounted Simplex Friction Shifters.
Both wheels are chrome rims drilled for Schrader valves laced to High Flange Maillard Normandy quick release alloy hubs. Both wheels have brand new 27″x1 1/4″ gum wall tires.
Braking is handled by Weinmann Centerpulls. The brake levers are alloy Dia Compe levers with Safety Extensions so you can ride with your hands on the top of the handlebars and still reach the brake levers.
The black sprung vinyl saddle is mounted to a chrome seat post that moves freely in the seat tube.
Chrome handlebars are mounted to an alloy stem. The stem in NOT frozen in the steerer. The bar plugs are the original Motobecane plugs.
There are eyelets for front and rear fenders and the original kickstand is still present.
The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.
A very bright, glossy yellow combined with chrome wheels and a chrome crankset really make this bicycle stand out. The black saddle, handlebar tape and lettering help balance the brightness. A nice looking vintage French bicycle in the classic Mixte style. Claimed weight of 29 lbs.
For less than the price of a generic Bike Shaped Object that anyone might buy online or from a store that sells bicycles in the Toy Department, you could be riding this vintage bicycle with quality components. The fact that it is still rolling down the road is a testament to how well it was built.
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