Re: [CR] Important question about a 1974 restoration

(Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor)

From: "Kai Hilbertz" <>
To: <>
In-Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 13:02:41 +0100
References: <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Important question about a 1974 restoration

Feb. 20, 09

Hello Keith, cc List,

concerning the handlebar plugs, these aren't original but might be better than nothing:


Kai Hilbertz Munich, Germany

On 20.02.2009, at 03:13, <> <> wrote:
> I recently acquired what I believe to be a 1974 Motobecane Le Champion
> from my best friend (how does $400 sound?). It is Campy NR except for
> Univ 61 centerpull brakes and levers. New looking TTT bars and stem
> with
> all of the decals intact. Rear der. date 1973, crankset dated 1974.
> Bike maybe has 1000 mi. total. Original paint is in mostly excellent
> condition, except for some rust starting up on the left chainstay
> where it
> was brazed into the BB. Mostly it is just grimy and dusty.
> Unfortunately I
> already tossed the saddle because it was lumpy and didn't look good.
> I had originally planned on replacing the brake cables and housing
> with
> red to give the mundame Silver and black paint scheme some color. I
> was
> originally planning on replacing the original cheap looking black
> plastic
> handlebar tape with some red cloth tape with shellac overlay. It is
> missing one of the cheap looking "M" logo black handlebar plugs.
> I have to remove the handlebar tape to install the NOS Univ gum hoods
> (thanks DTshifter) and gum hoodettes.
> I'm leaning very strongly towards reusing the cheap looking black
> plastic
> HB tape and just overhauling the bike. Should I kill the rust and
> try to
> touch up the paint? Red would look so good with the silver.
> Sorry for the long post.....
> Comments?
> Keith Kessel
> Shreveport, La.
> p.s. I need 1 cheap looking black "M" logo plastic handlebar plug.
> Heck,
> I'd even take a matching pair.