A chance find of this Grand Jubilé frame at a local salvage yard afforded me the perfect opportunity to finally put together my first fixed gear. It was built up with the guidance of friends and help from the fine fellows at Oakland’s Montano Velo. My initial grand plan to build it out on the cheap using recycled parts didn’t pan out, as most of the used parts I procured ended up not working out mechanically for one reason or another; with the exception of the stem, headset, handlebars, saddle, and wheels, all of the components are new. It was worth it though, since it rides beautifully and still looks sharp.

It’s fitting that it’s a Motobécane – for as long as I can remember, my parents have owned a Team Champion and a Grand Jubilé Mixte.

elise :: Oakland CA :: knowlesy@gmail.com