Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Amherst, NY
Bikes: 1985 Peugeot Vagabond, 1974 Gitane Tour de France Professional, 1978 Raleigh Competition, 1984 Bianchi Nuova Record, 1983 Nishiki International, 1987 Peugeot beater
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replacing helicomatic hub, 126mm spacing, stronglight 99 crank
just purchased peugeot le vagabond, i plan on using this bike for some long tours and would like to replace the helicomatic hub after reading all of the horror stories associated with it. the dilemma i'm encountering is this, do i replace the original 126mm spaced 6 speed hub with a quality hub for touring (if so what are some of my options regarding this), or do i spread the rear to accommodate 130 or even 135mm spacing. i understand that this could effect the chainline which could open up another issue, but i was considering installing a sealed bb anyway (i still have yet to determine if it is french threaded but imagine it could be, which could make that quite the task as well). also will the simplex sx 610 long cage rear derailleur and the sja 102 front work with these different combinations. lastly, i believe i read somewhere that the stronglight crank has french threaded pedals (14mm), is there a clipless option for this anywhere? any ideas would be great, thanks.