From what I can gather, 1980 seems to have been a fairly tumultuous time. Americans were being held hostage in Iran as their home country watched helplessly on (at least for the most part). The Soviets were invading Afghanistan, beginning the decades of political instability and human misfortune in that country; in response, Jimmy Carter boycotted the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. And the U.S. economy wasn’t doing too well; Reagan was about to perform his trickle-down on America and swell the ranks of the billionaire class. On a more positive and politically unrelated note, the Lakers won the NBA championship and Magic Johnson played a real nice Game 6.
Not too sure what was going on over in France, but I do know that Motobecane was still making bicycles. They’d file for bankruptcy in 1981, but this fine Super Touring was ushered off the production line just in time for your cycling enjoyment. Relatively thorough online research leads me to conclude it is indeed a 1980 model.
This bike came to us in a pretty unorthodox fashion. A gentleman called the shop a while back and I (Todd) picked up the phone. He explained that he had an old Motobecane he wanted to donate, but would be shipping it to from out-of-state. I tried to suggest that it might not be worth his trouble, but he wasn’t sure what to do with it and wanted the bike to go to good use. So I thanked him and said sure, ship it on out.
As it turned out this was one of the better-quality Motobecane frames of that era, built with heat-treated steel tubing and a derailleur hanger. We replaced the damaged original fork with a chrome one, and it’s been built up nicely for stylish around-town use. Nearly all the parts, including the brakes and wheelset, are new. Favorites of mine include the comfortable Soma Oxford handlebar and excellent Suntour ratcheting bar-end shifter.
The bike would be a great fit for somebody about 5’10” to 6′. Come check it out today!!
It’s said that “Nothing Runs Like a Deere“, and who could agree more? The common White-tailed Deer is indigenous to the majority of the Americas, roaming from Northern Canada to as far south as Bolivia and Peru. With this information in mind you might ask yourself, what kind of bicycle can I ride from Canada to Bolivia? Enter the John Deere Rando.
“John Deere Rando?’, you may ask, “What’s the Rando Part?” Rando is short for Randonneuring, Randonneuring is akin to bicycle touring but more French and much shorter. Traditional randonneuring rides generally take place in 48 hours or less, often without stopping. This style of riding demands a bicycle that is both light and strong, a bicycle with a good gear range and the ability to carry everything one might need during those 48 hours or less of crushing. Our Deere doesn’t disappoint.
This bicycle started its life as a Specialized Stumpjumper from the mid 90s. Light, quality tubing form the foundation for a truly special bike. Building off of the traditional mountain bike frame I (Nolan) specced this bike out with a complete new parts build. Soma stem and bar, TRP Drillium brake levers and Shimano CX50 brakes, this bike does not lack. The brand new 2×9 drivetrain is a mix of Shimano, Sugino, and Campagnolo parts, capped off with bar end shifters.
At this point you might be wondering about the tires on this bike. “Why so big?” Why so gum?” “Won’t they ride poorly?” The answer to these questions resides in the “big tire” notion. The “big tire” notion is a completely made up code-word referring to a very complicated tire sizing system, but works with the idea that with a fatter, higher volume tire, the wheel’s effective diameter increases. Thinking back to tractors, where a bigger wheel is commonplace, bigger wheels roll over things more easily and provide a more comfortable ride. The 26X2.35 tires on the John Deere Rando provide a ride more similar to a 700c wheel, all while feeling cloud-like and beautiful. Think Fat-Bike. As your mother always said, “Don’t Knock it till you try it”. And we invite you to.
The John Deere Rando is a real peach of a bicycle, and comes in at 52cm tall, perfect for a rider round 5’8″. Swing by and give it a ride.
While we Americans continue to debate the very existence of the penny, few of us can deny the allure of a nice copper finish. Humans first started using copper around 10,000 years ago, and it was the first metal we really got the hang of working with. Too flexy and heavy to make a good bike frame, but as a finish copper sure looks good!
This frame started off life as a Panasonic (good quality Japanese Tange steel) but the paint had seen better days. No dings, dents, or any other damage was detected, however, so the frame got the copper vein powder coat and some very nice components.
The bike features 10-speed Dura-Ace shifters linked up to Ultegra-level drivetrain components. Wheels are Shimano/Mavic, and tires are Panaracer Paselas. In the typical Pedal Revolution fashion we’ve added a comfortable Soma Highway One bar, wrapped in Jaguar Green that’s finished off with some cloth Newbaum’s tape for a smoother feel.
Bike would be a great fit for someone in the 5’4″ to 5’8″ neighborhood. Come check it out today!