AGE / VALUE:   Jeunet Franche-Comte posted by: Tony on 4/2/2008 at 11:25:46 PM
I aquired a Jeunet Franche-Comte from a gentleman for 8 bux. From what I can ascertain this bike is quite old. 7 speed, lightweight, solid steel forks, road wheels. Needs some rust cleanup but is otherwise in great condition. It still rides and still has all decals and decorative touches. Is this worth keeping and fixing up, whats the average age and value. Or should I just sell it to a cycle shop.
Please Help

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Jeunet Franche-Comte posted by Gralyn on 4/3/2008 at 8:36:57 AM
I've seen a few of these - mostly from the early 1970's. I have one - but the paint is somewhat faded - otherwise, it's in great running condition. Mine has a full chrome-plated fork. Is that what you mean by solid steel fork? (I know the Schwinn Varsity actually had a solid steel fork - it was a flat, solid piece of steel - made into a fork....that is, it wasn't tubular steel - but solid sheet steel). I have never seen a Jeunet with a fork like that. So maybe yours is chrome-plated.

Are there any other identification for frame material, etc.? Are the rear drop-outs made from flat steel (stamped), or are they forged (not a flat piece of steel)? Does it have steel rims? or aluminum alloy rims?

Anyway, for $8 - you got a great deal.

If it's cogs on the rear wheel? If so, it would have to be from the later 1980's. (Unless someone expanded the rear spacing to accommodate 7-speeds).

Do you have any pictures of it?

I wouldn't sell it to a bike shop - it may be worth fixing up.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Jeunet Franche-Comte posted by Tony on 4/3/2008 at 8:45:44 PM
I'll post the pix 2morrow. Also, 2 cogs on front, 5 cogs on back. Slightly rusted ;) chrome plated fork. Bike appears to be comprised of steel or another magnetic alloy. Steel rims and spokes. Simplex derailer (needs replacment).

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Jeunet Franche-Comte posted by Gralyn on 4/4/2008 at 10:23:03 AM
It sounds a lot like mine. It's a good bike - but it's not high-end or anything. But, it's well worth what you will have in it.

AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Gold/Brown posted by: Rob on 4/1/2008 at 12:54:23 PM
Hi I have an option to buy this old motobecane.
The price is around 45 dollars.

I don't fit this bike so the only reason to buy it would be to re-use old parts, or to resell the bicycle.

Any of you think it would be worth bying this bicycle ?
I have no other information about the bike but this picture.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Gold/Brown posted by Gralyn on 4/1/2008 at 7:29:45 PM
I believe it's worth every penny of the $45. I don't know what model it is - even if it's a's still worth that. Besides, it sure would make a great fixed gear bike.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Gold/Brown posted by Walter on 4/6/2008 at 6:33:07 PM
Could be a Nomade as Mirage and higher would be 2 tone paint not just contrasting decals. It's a 1975, maybe earlier, but not much later as by '77 Motos even down to Nomade had cotterless cranks. ( I bought a blue Nomade that year, my first "real" bike).

Worth it? The fact that it doesn't fit you makes it a toss-up. Looks to be in good shape and Moto was always one of the best when it came to paint and decal quality. If you have a decent used bike market you should get your money back but the lower line French components won't bring you much. Frame will probably sell as a fixed gear project if you plan to eBay it.

AGE / VALUE:   "trick" bike? posted by: Josh on 3/31/2008 at 8:25:31 PM
i have an old looking bike. it is somewhat odd though... the rear tire swivels. so you can turn with the rear tire and the front tire... it is hard to ride but after awhile i got used to it. does anyone know what this is called?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Brian on 4/1/2008 at 4:46:26 PM

AGE / VALUE:   Age of wester flyer posted by: Edmo on 3/31/2008 at 12:28:16 PM
I have a western flyer, I'm sure it's not all that old, however I would like to figure out it's age. Serial number is MO 2902 97


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Age of wester flyer posted by David on 4/2/2008 at 10:24:50 AM
When did Western Auto close up their chains of auto parts stores? I'd guess your bike is probably 60s or 70s. Check the two-digit date code on the rear hub shell (which is probably covered with a layer of greasy grime) I don't think serial number will get you anywhere.

AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh "Grand Prix" posted by: Eric on 3/31/2008 at 9:43:03 AM
Recently I acquired a Raleigh "Grand Prix" from a local Goodwill. I think my dad payed about $5 for it. Not that bad.
Anyways, after my dad and I were looking at it, we (or really HE) came to the conclusion that lots of the parts on it were not stock. Basically, it seemed that someone kinda jerry-rigged some parts onto it.

The bike is Blue and looks very similar to the bikes in the 1970 catalogue. (I only know this because I have been trying to find out as much about this bike as possible).

I was wondering if there is anyone here who would be able to help me out with finding as much information as possible. I can upload pictures if anyone thinks they can help.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh posted by Gralyn on 3/31/2008 at 6:34:37 PM

See if you can find it there.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh posted by Eric on 3/31/2008 at 7:28:30 PM
Thank you...I'll check that now.