I recently bought a 1983 Motobecane Jubilee Sport off of CL for $75. I've been thinking of doing a restore on the bike.
My initial thoughts are pull everything off the bike and clean all the components (derailleurs and crankset are SunTour BL).
I would like to strip the frame and fork and repaint. Can you leave the fork in the frame for this or shoudl it be removed? What about removing the headset and bottom bracket? I am new to this so I'm still trying to figure it out.
I would like to buy some new sidepull brakes along with new cables for the brakes and shifters.
I was also thinking of buying a 700c wheelset. Other than brake fit what other issues could I run into with switching from 27 inch wheels to 700c wheels? I believe the bike has a 6 speed freewheel right now...are there any benefits to switching to a cassette instead of the freewheel and will a six speed cassette be hard to find and/or compatible with the Suntour derailleurs.
If I could find a decent groupset at a decent price I would be willing to upgrade the groupset as well. I'd like to keep the downtube shifters just becasue it seems like switching to sti style shifters could really be a lot of work. If that isn't the case then maybe its worth looking into.
I know that there are probably more cost effective ways to accomplish this but I'm excited about trying a restore and learning about bike mechanics and wrenching.
Thanks a lot for your help,
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