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Old 02-26-06, 09:56 AM   #1
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I'm working on this mixte for a co-worker. Was his Mom's bike.
I'm having a problem finding skewers to fit the 120mm rear spacing. Looked in the usual places and they either don't specify spacing or just have 126, 130, 135 etc.. These don't have to be original or anything. Just silver and useable. "Normandy" hub.
Also looks like the Simplex rear derailer is shot. Broken pulley. Stiff.
Any reason why this won't work on this 5 speed bike: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
It's a Shimano TY-15 GS. Looks like the same mount arrangement. Maybe something else? Suggestions?
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Old 02-26-06, 10:25 AM   #2
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That rear derailleur will work fine.

If a 126mm rear skewer runs out of threads before it gets tight how about trying a front skewer? they're designed to fit a 110mm spacing and just might work. In either event, be sure to get one that has an internal mechanism because the others probably won't hold the rear axle tightly enough to work with horizontal dropouts.
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Old 02-26-06, 07:45 PM   #3
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Thank you for the response RG. I figured the derailer would probably work since it has downtube shifters.
Good idea trying a front skewer.
I'll try something off some of the other bikes I have.
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If you don't mind a little surface rust and aren't picky about brand and historical correctness, I may have a suitable rear skewer for you. PM me if potentially interested.
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Found the answers to these problems!
That Shimano derailer works fine. No problems with installation or adjustment (once I bent the hanger back )
Skewers-- http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
Nashbar bolt on skewers. Works great. Enough threading to do the job. Have to hacksaw off about an inch of extra sticking out the end, but a really nice find for me.

Thought I'd update in case someone runs into a similar problem.
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Over the last few years, I've refurbed a ton of Peugeot mixte's. Almost all have had either a RD with a broken pulley, a FD with a cracked clamp, or both. I've hung everything on them from cheap Shimano derailleurs taken off of Magnas and Roadmasters, Falcon derailluers taken off of Huffys, and mid to low end Suntour Hero's, Sprint's, and 7's.

Bottom line is that they all worked, and in most cases worked better than the Simplex stuff. Friction shifters don't really care what they're pulling on, so as long as the RD matches the chain, you're jake.
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"a FD with a cracked clamp"
SHHhhhh... Don't let it hear you.
I suspected a crack in that thing, but it looks like a molding line.
At this point, I just want to see this baby back to the owner. I've spent the better part of 2 afternoons working on it. Bearings all scratchy and dry. New cables. Trying to clean up the rust a little. Tires.
Almost there. Headset greasing, wheel truing, final tuning and I should be done.
Tomorrow. If it doesn't rain...
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"a FD with a cracked clamp"
SHHhhhh... Don't let it hear you.
I suspected a crack in that thing, but it looks like a molding line.
At this point, I just want to see this baby back to the owner. I've spent the better part of 2 afternoons working on it. Bearings all scratchy and dry. New cables. Trying to clean up the rust a little. Tires.
Almost there. Headset greasing, wheel truing, final tuning and I should be done.
Tomorrow. If it doesn't rain...
Yup - they're like that. Years and years of neglect. And when you disturb one thing like a brake cable, it is like an avalanche. The next thing you know, you've got the hubs and headset apart and are re-packing bearings.

They're a pretty classic look, though, and the one's that are decent over-all are worth saving. They're real popular with the co-eds in college towns.

BTW, the FD crack is almost always on the open side of the clamp, at the bolt end. If you see any hairlines there, get it back to the owner - quick.
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Thanks BBM.

haha It's raining.
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