This is a 1979 Motobecane Nomade Sprint in Brilliant Blue with Dark Blue Lettering. It is a 21″ / 53 cm / Medium (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) Lugged Steel frame with a steel foek. The stand over height is 31″ directly in front of the saddle. 

There are 12 speeds available through the Shimano 400 Selecta B two ring (52/40t) crankset and the Shimano 6 gear (14-28t) freehub. The Shimano clear plastic spoke protector is in very good condition.

The rear derailleur is a Shimano Altus RS and the front is a Shimano Altus ST. Shifting is through Stem Mounted Shimano Friction Shifters.

Both wheels are chrome Rigida Superchromix rims drilled for Schrader valves laced to Shimano alloy hubs. Both wheels have Motobecane ‘M’ Nuts. Both wheels have brand new 27″x1 1/4″ gum  wall tires.

Braking is handled by Weinmann 730 Sidepulls . The brake levers are alloy levers with Safety Extensions so you can ride with your hands on the top of the handlebars and still reach the brake levers. 

The WTB saddle is mounted to an alloy seat post that moves freely in the seat tube. 

Chrome Motobecane handlebars with the original black faux leather Hutchinson handlebar wraps and brake hoods are mounted to an alloy stem. The stem is NOT frozen in the steerer tube.

There are eyelets for front and rear fenders.

The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.

The Selectra crankset really stands out on this bicycle. The light blue metallic paint is glossy but does have a lot of scratches and bare metal. Nothing that indicates abuse, just 43 years of riding. The chrome wheels and new gum wall tires compliment the frame very well.  Claimed weight of 27.5 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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