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Old 07-20-10, 05:41 PM   #1
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Need help on finding a new crank for a small mixte rebuild

Im helping a young woman retrofit/renovate my Moms 1975 Peugeot mixte. This will be a city-bike-type rebuild, so no racing nor mountain climbing is presumed.

She needs a suggestion on new single crankset. Shes on a budget, naturally, so thats up front.

Shes small, about 52 53, so Im not sure if shorter crank arms should be suggested. Say, 165 rather than the standard 170?

Tooth count. If shes going single in front and only a 5 or 6-speed freewheel (due to the limits of the old frame and original French hub), should she go 42, 46, or what?

Once the right crankset is found, she can order a bottom bracket with the right spindle length to match. If the crankset suggestions come with known spindle requirements, do please suggest that, too.

For the BB, Im suggesting the Velo Orange French threaded cartridge BB set. Axle or spindle length will depend on the crank, of course.

A good (sturdy, wide range, inexpensive) RD suggestion for her would also be really appreciated.

Thank you.
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