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http://www.motobecane.com/img/letmti900.jpg

My 10-speed days are bygone, but here's a contemporary model of the "silver dream machine" I loved to ride back in the 1980s. Any of you "pedalphiles" ridden one of these magnificent Gallic inventions?

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I don't think it's the Motorbecane of old. Is it on Bikes Direct?

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pipoldchap wrote:

http://www.motobecane.com/img/letmti900.jpg

My 10-speed days are bygone, but here's a contemporary model of the "silver dream machine" I loved to ride back in the 1980s. Any of you "pedalphiles" ridden one of these magnificent Gallic inventions?

Pip, if you're posting a pic click on the button marked img and do same as when you post a vid

http://www.motobecane.com/img/letmti900.jpg

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No, Cuts, it's on the Motobecane USA web site under Road Bikes. This one resembles my old beauty. I used it solely for burn-ups and I had another French bike, a Gitane, for touring until some wire-cutting bastards in Edinburgh stole it while I was at a concert. Fortunately I took the rear panniers in with me.

Thanks, CBIT--I tried to, but predictably screwed up somewhere.

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pipoldchap wrote:

Thanks, CBIT--I tried to, but predictably screwed up somewhere.

From looking at your post you clicked on the url button as opposed to img one smile

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Sure I've read somewhere that the name has been bought and some company is knocking them out online self assembly and that the quality is not what it was. Some buy them for the group sets and stick that lot ona better quality frame it seems. It is rather eye catching and no doubt better than my bike.

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So many bikes, so little money to buy them with. Would love to go to this...
http://2013.handmadebicycleshow.com/

http://2013.handmadebicycleshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/bluetina-1024x682.jpg
Not sure about the seatstays though.

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Good read that. I enjoyed the last bit. A bike ride is one of the best things in life.

I am just a common breed

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I've put on weight this winter. Shorts popping weight.

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Travis Bickle wrote:

So many bikes, so little money to buy them with. Would love to go to this...
http://2013.handmadebicycleshow.com/

http://2013.handmadebicycleshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/bluetina-1024x682.jpg
Not sure about the seatstays though.

That looks like it'd cut me in half.........lovely though

Think I mentioned on here I had one made for me around a Marin frame when I worked at GSK in Brentford (they had a bloke they provided who would do all repairs/upgrades etc for the cost of the materials - labour free).  Best thing I've ever ridden but been gathering dust and rust in the garage for a few years now.  Would love to get it out but tazzing down the A316 to the M3 doesn't inspire me as much as some of the Yorkie hills around Cleckheckmosedge

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Got missen a new bike today.

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/ … EV6547.htm

from the 70s or 60s, steel frame but light as. My mate told me to make him an offer, I hate that sort of thing, so he put his lowest acceptable price on a bit of paper, i put my highest price on paper, we exchanged and split the difference, I got it for 150 quid.

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That's a very, very nice bike. Needs a couple of quid putting into it to make it beautiful again but yes. Good arrows.

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It´s not that actual bike, just in case i gave that impression, but the same model.

I´m not sure whether to try and do a proper restore job, over time whilst riding it, or just do decent upgrades as and when required. I´ll probably go for the latter.

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Makes sense. My old Air conditioning teacher's just bough a frame from 63, all crome, going to restore with Campy group-set etc. Knowing him it will be showroom condition.

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Fuck.

Had a little spin on it last night and put the rear derailleur into the spokes. 7 spokes gone and an out of true wheel.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHUes0dGjUI

Foxy - You should have got one of these  ;-)

"We are The Fall"

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I am occasionally riding on a 1980's Dawes bike, that has been a bit of a rebuild. New wheels & back cog & stuff. Now need new stem (a bit shorter one) & brake  / gear cables. Will be hard to do as some are internal. Nice to ride though.

Will eventually get a new crank when the funds get an input of dosh!

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Woodrup's, 1950s.
Smashed my mate's Dad's Dawes as a kid and they fixed it. My old man paid....
Still going strong on Kirkstall Road.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/550054_473718202695200_92242164_n.jpg

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That's where I bought my Raleigh ten speed, with Space Shuttle tubing. I used to wrk down there and commute from Halton. Hour plus on two buses or twenty minutes on a bike?

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They reckon that picture is Burley Lodge Road. I remember it by Brett's near the lights on North Lane.
Anyone remember Mel Bentley's on Knowle Terrace?
There was a place down from where Stif ended up. By the Shaw Lane lights. Had a real bike on the sign outside. Students stripped it bit by bit...the scamps....

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Me & my cycle mate went to cycle  a 97mile sportif today, I had a day off of work. Anyway it was on and around the wye valley, well it is called the wye valley warrior. The event is in May but me mate wanted to cyce the route.

Anyway it started off ok out the wye valley and then through the Forest of Dean. Up and down but not too bad. Had a coffee after about 32 miles and I was feeling ok. Out of Monmouth it was a real drag out & I Had to grind it out, then the next 20 miles were up and down like the Big Dipper. Got to 50miles and had a lie down on the verge enjoying the sun shine. So gets going & I felt fine, by a place called Raglan we hit a bypass and fuck me it was right  into the wind. My legs blew. The next 10 miles to Monmouth again were a drag but I grinded me way through it. Stopped for another coffee and I felt a bit better. Out of Monmouth and a 6 mile climb, which undid me. I must of stopped 8times! A right bastard. So as time was dragging in we decided to miss a section out (real heavy hills). Anyway by the time we got home, we had clocked 88miles.

I was a bit pissed off I didn't finish, but I have decided to do the following. Loose a stone, I am too heavy, actually use energy powders and shit for long rides, build up with a few More 100k'er audaxes (3 booked so far) before attempting another 100miler. I was cold and really tired when I got in and shivery. Not good! Never mind I will be better prepared for the next one by the end of the summer.

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The sessions I've had planned for me have made a massive difference.

All about heart rate and staying in the 'sweet spot'. To begin with I had to do a warm up and then 20 minutes flat out to get an idea of averages, resting and max and then my pal has done the rest. Writes six sessions at a go. We're on the second 'batch' now. Two and a bit hours a week. About quality not quantity.

I took the monitor with me on Monday. Interesting to see how hard you work and when. One thing my mate said loads do is attack climbs too hard too early. Say your heart max is 165ish. You smash into a climb (head says you should), hit your max quickly and then you have to drop down to 140ish to recover. Means you struggle and go backwards. Better to stay steady (in the example, 150-155ish) and keep an even effort. Not explaining it brilliantly but you get the idea.

I'm lucky to get all the expertise and experience for nothing (the lad trains with the Brownlees and has his own coaching company). Means I'm not wasting effort etc.

You got a turbo UTA? The spin bike was a great buy.

We did 4 hours and my legs were shot by the end but we hadn't stopped. Climbed over 800m in total over 30 miles.

88 miles is impressive stuff. Watch it with gels. Try some before as loads say they give them the shits.....

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88 miles is impressive. Head winds are a bastard.

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I´m awaiting delivery of a second hand Cervelo roadbike for use in the UK.

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Foxy Dread wrote:

I´m awaiting delivery of a second hand Cervelo roadbike for use in the UK.

We'll have a stab at Cragg Vale when you're next over.

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