I just rescued a peugeot road bike that was about to be thrown away. I am just now getting into bikes so I really know very much yet. When I first got it I replaced the tires and the tubes and the brake lines and pads and gave it a good cleaning (it appeared to have been sitting in a woodshop for some time, full of sawdust). From my research I believe it to be the middle end peugeot they put out in 88. I know that some of the older french bikes can have bottom bracket problems and I from the sounds of grinding metal I'm hearing when I pedal I would say that's the issue. But I have nooo idea what that means or how to fix it. I have tried to read some of the articles on Sheldon Brown's amazing site, but some of them are a little too technical for me and I can't find one about how to actually fix the problem.
Any information or a tip to where I can find the right information would be extremely helpful.
TYPO: in the thread title I typed 88 instead of 83