Folding Bikes - Peugeot Vintage Folding Bike
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Anybody knows what Peugeot folding bike is this? Looks like a nice vintage with a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub and a generator.
07-25-08, 04:28 AM
It's one of a slew of similar 'U' frame [as they are wont to be described] designs that enveloped Europe in the late seventies/early eighties that were cheaper to make than their earlier more sturdy cousins by Puch, Raleigh, Dawes. I don't know the name as a lot of these kind of frames were pretty generic and perhaps not even a Peugeot design at all. They can be fun bikes (my sister had a non-pug one named a 'Marathon' as her first real bike aged about 10) but most people in these forums would not consider them beyond occassional or light use as the position of the fold and single downtube without extra strengthening can make for a slighty flexy ride. It's cute though - are you considering purchasing it?
Thanks for the info LittlePixel. Yes, I was thinking about purchasing it for my GF, but it is sold :(. I guess it is better like that since it does not seems to be a safe bike, but I like vintage bikes and this had good accessories. Do you know how much are these Peugeot valued at in case I see one in the future?
07-25-08, 09:29 AM
their the same gears that are on my bickerton
07-25-08, 11:57 AM
Bikes like that shouldn't cost too much - they actually aren't that rare - at least not in Europe. I wouldn't pay more than about £65 GBP ($130 USD) for one and that'd have to be pretty pristing and ready to ride.
07-25-08, 12:40 PM
that's priced less than a tank of gas.
I had one in the mid seventies, pony brand or something. never used
the folding feature. as a bike to get around the city, shouldn't be too bad.
it's three speeds, too. why are they unsafe, may I ask?
07-25-08, 01:02 PM
probably the shape of the frame and how their designed (im guessing)
07-25-08, 01:20 PM
the design is and was everywhere. I never had it snap while
riding one with my younger brother sitting on the rack.
sure it was heavy carrying it up 5 flights but so was the Apollo
5 speed back then or the Raleigh Sprite.
I know we are in a different era now but it wasn't dangerous.
anyway, I think it's reasonably priced at $45. (meaning I could afford it)
saw the same CL ad.
07-26-08, 05:11 PM
Looks like someone bought it at $45 and is trying
to flip it for $175. I've never seen one folded though.
Yeah I saw that. It was originally priced at $55, then I saw it for $250 the next day. Now it is down to $175. It was a good thing I did not buy it. It does not seems to cost $55 after looking at the chain and rust.
07-27-08, 06:45 AM
I think dangerous would be OTT. Suboptimal, sure, due to the flexiness, and probably more prone to breakage, but a serious sudden catastrophic hinge failure at speed would be highly unlikely. Sudden is not really the failure mode of steel. It'd be perfectly fine to use. Sorting out the chain would cost you about $8, and the rust I would simply ignore - makes it less liable to be stolen. $175 is silly money though.
07-27-08, 12:26 PM
the SA hub alone would be worth the $45 asking price I saw the first time.
I think it had a generator too. for a child's or a beater city bicycle it should be OK.
07-10-09, 05:41 PM
Yes, it is a P-20 made by Peugeot in the mid-1980's. We had two of them. Very strong, but also heavy, and difficult if not impossible to find parts or repairs. Where and how long have you had yours, and in what condition?
07-23-09, 11:46 AM
I bought what looks to be the same model folding bike yesterday (Rochester NY Craigslist - $50) and I joined Bike Forums to get more information on it. It seems to have the original equipment, except that the generator is missing (but front lamp still there). There is even a tire pump in what appears to be the original mounting location (next to the rack above the rear wheel). The 3-speed hub seems to shift okay but I'm guessing it could use servicing. I bought it for fun and maybe for running errands at work.
07-25-09, 04:43 AM
I am here in Slovenia (former Yugoslavia) and while I'm saving up to get either a Brompton (or the cheaper but heavier Citizen bike) I thought I'd take a glance and see if there were any used folding bikes available in the classifieds. There is a Pony listed for €40 (about $57). After reading the decent feedback here, I will be calling the owner to see if it is still available. Will let you know if I find out anything interesting!
07-28-09, 07:00 PM
I'm looking to buy a very similar (possibly previous model) one of these myself ($75 on Craigslist). I see that parts are difficult to come by? What about wheels and tires? I'm a bit nervous, but I think this would make a fun project bicycle, but I'm very new to this sort of thing.
Just for fun everyone, check out the folding bike this guy turned into a grocery go getter:
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