MISC:   Another Price Guide posted by: Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 10/8/2008 at 2:37:21 PM
We are working on another bicycle price guide which looks at current asking prices for used and vintage cycles and parts by searching on-line classified ads.
If you would like to try it and give us some feedback, we would appreciate it.
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AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Mirage posted by: Paul on 10/7/2008 at 4:20:43 PM
Hi all,
I just picked up a Motobecane Mirage that's a little crusty but in sound shape overall. It is a French model, not Taiwanese. I could use some help identifying it's age and potential restored value. It's all original, ecept maybe for the Avocet saddle? The thing that threw me a bit was that it has side-pull brakes on it. Does this indicate it's older than one with center-pulls? Suntour derailleurs, aluminum cranks, steel wheels, gold paint w/black details. Any ideas? With provide other info if it helps. Thanks!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Mirage posted by Rebecca on 10/7/2008 at 6:39:24 PM
Do you know anything about Motobecanes? a little disappointed that I have rec'vd no replies. I can't find anything about the MBK "Charleston" style, year, I just know the bike is old...a friend lived in France, bought it from a 70 year old woman, took it England all in about the last 10-15 years or so...someone wants to buy it..but I have no idea the worth...thanks for any input.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Mirage posted by David on 10/8/2008 at 10:08:50 AM
Super Mirage had replaced Mirage by 1976. It's a low-end model, probably not of much collector interest. Ride it.
The MBK looks Dutch or German to me; probably 70s; a city bike would have had cottered cranks before then. It's probably worth about what Raleigh Sports sell for.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Mirage posted by David on 10/8/2008 at 11:50:20 AM
MBK is Danish. See http://www.mbk-cykler.dk


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Mirage posted by Paul on 10/8/2008 at 1:51:58 PM
Hey David, The website you gave above is a retailer, not the manufacturer. MBK is technically still Motobecacne (post bankruptcy in I think '84 or '85?)Rebecca's MBK is marked "Made in France" and has lots of French components. Currently, MBK-US sells cycles to order, online that are assebled in Taiwan and sold under the Motobecane name. (according to a website that I viewd recently. Otherwise MBK apparently still makes cycles in France for the Euro market.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Mirage posted by Paul on 10/8/2008 at 1:56:10 PM
BTW David, thanks for the info on the Mirage. Guess I'll clean it up and sell it, Can't ride all the bikes I have now!

AGE / VALUE:   Yet another unidentified Bianchi posted by: Mikael Gustafsson on 10/6/2008 at 12:46:05 PM

I would be really interested in finding out some more information considering our newest restoration project. I wrote down everything I could imagine would be valuable information, and I would be thankful in case anyone could tell me something regarding this gorgeous bike.

The frame was stamped with the numbers 127/1 underneath the pedals, and at the saddle-bar there was a code at least similar to 700306 (might be 7cc306 as well).

Along with the bike came one set of Huret gears, and one set of Simplex gears. One wheel had the marking "Phillips superior, Steel HLB (or Hub), British made". The other just read "Bianchi". The saddle had a "Bianchi" metal stamp in the back and "Aquila" stamped into the leather at the sides.

I'll attach some photos to clarify:

Thank you for reading!

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Yet another unidentified Bianchi posted by Warren on 10/7/2008 at 6:23:22 PM
I suspect that is a very valuable bike. The folks at Classic Rendezvous could tell you everything you need to know.

You could also talk to Mike Barry on his blog...http://bicyclespecialties.blogspot.com/

Mike has one of the most extensive bike and derailleur collections in North America.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Yet another unidentified Bianchi posted by Mikael on 10/9/2008 at 5:45:03 PM
Thank you very much for your answer Warren. I contacted Mike and enlisted on the Classic Rendezvous site. Now I'm fairly sure it's a 1930's Commerativo, same bike that Giuseppe Olmo rode. Now I'm trying to find parts for it, which will be interesting.


AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane "Charleston" posted by: Rebecca on 10/6/2008 at 11:24:58 AM

AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane "Charleston" posted by: Rebecca on 10/6/2008 at 11:17:15 AM
I cannot find any info on this....HELP ??