It’s a compound French word– argot (slang) for motorcycle and bike. And I finally rode my retro ‘bécane in to work today.
It rode as smooth as its name– super mirage.
I am so used to the wide grip, handlebars on my mountain bike, that the drop down grips are taking a bit of getting used to. But the bike is fairly nimble and all components are working well.
And riding the bike is just fun; it takes me back to the days of my first ten-speed (although it was from Sears, not Paris.)
Plus I think the bike is goddamn pretty!
One of the things I love most about vintage bikes are the little details from when brands used to care about manufacturing. For example:
Seeing Motobécane stamped into the crank, with the M logo detail at the center hub.
Seeing the curvy detail at the butt ends of the fork tubing.
Motobecane logo etched into the handlebars and seat post, with the M on the neck. Oh, and the little detail on the suntour shifters.
It harkens back to a time when there was pride in workmanship and attention was paid to the details. Not like now, where it’s all about the cheapest goods that are generically mass produced.
What a beautiful ride!!
Got to fix a flat on my 12 speed – and the handlebars are getting rusty.
A thing of beauty!
I agree with you, and that’s how I feel about cars. I appreciate when cars were designed for function and appearance, with attention to detail. Not like today’s cars which are made for profit and quick mass production.