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Old 09-27-11, 06:46 AM   #1
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Peugeot parts

I found an old Peugeot road bike that fits me fairly well but a cycling friend warned me that older Peugeots used some parts that can be hard to find/replace. I wish I had taken the time to snap some photos or get more information, but I didn't want to draw attention to the bike because I think I can get it quite inexpensively.

Anyone familiar with older Peugeot road bikes and how difficult it is to find parts?
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Old 09-27-11, 07:13 AM   #2
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Not nearly enough information from your post to know. 70's Pugs were mostly French threaded, 80's had a mix of Swiss threads in there. By ~'83 you would have mostly modern standard threads. Are parts difficult to find? No, not with the internet, but finding cheap parts in a hurry can be.
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Old 09-27-11, 08:27 AM   #3
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^^^^^^^^^^^^What he said^^^^^^^^^

In addition, a lot of the older (read pre 80's) Peugeots
came equipped with biodegradable plastic derailleurs
which break pretty quickly under moderate use.

The rear one requires some mechanical sophistication
to replace so that your replacement works well.

One picture is worth a thousand words.
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some had special tube diameters , metric , where most is only showing you a conversion
to metric of a fractional size.
for example: exclusive French, steering .. forks: 22.0mm. rather than 22.2mm, or 7/8"..
so stems and headsets are unique.
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I have an 85 Peugeot that has a quill seatpost. PITA to adjust and PITA to replace if it ever self destructs.
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Thanks for the answers. I know I didn't give a lot of information. I'm guessing this bike to be from the late 70s or maybe early 80s. If I get another chance, I'll check it out further. Probably not the bike I'm looking for.
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Peugeot only made the frame. But the rest of the parts went through an evolution, from the cheap plastic derailleurs and odd french threading into the 1970s, then by 1980 to a mix of Swiss and French threading, until the mid 1980s, when they adopted the standard sizing used by most of the rest of the world. All of the french brands have this uniqueness. While parts are available, they sell at a hefty premium to the standard stuff (I can buy a cartridge bb for a vintage Japanese bike for $10, the French cartridge bb is $50, the Swiss is $150 last time I looked).

While I have owned many french bikes from that era over the years (I have three right now), they are not without a few challenges. As long as you don't need replacement parts, its really not an issue.

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I've built four French road bikes. It wasn't very hard or very expensive. I knew next to nothing when I started ten years ago. Now I know alot and I can't stop. I'm always watching for high end French bikes and parts, even though I already have more than I need. Most of the parts came from Ebay. Prices have gone up, but you can still score French parts cheap if you're patient. The white PA10 was built with parts from the Black PX10. The Black PX10 is mostly 1970's Campagnolo Nuovo and Super Record. The Green Jeunet is my beater.




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To the OP: By now you should have concluded that older (pre ~1990) French bikes are an arcane world of their own and, while experts who are familair with their their idiosyncrasies can keep them running at reasonable cost, it's not a field for the novice mechanic. Look elsewhere.
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The big problem that people always bring up is finding French threaded bottom brackets and headsets. None of my bikes needed them those. Stronglight parts were so well made that they only needed fresh grease and bearing balls after 35 or so years. I've spent a lot of time looking for French parts because I'm looking for the really rare stuff like the Simplex Retrofriction bar end shifters, demultiplicator relay and Super LJ derailers on the Gitane. It took months to find those parts at a price I was willing to pay. Meanwhile I was riding the bike, just not with the shifters and derailers that I really wanted for it.

Keeping them running at a reasonable cost? I think that the chromed Campagnolo Record triple crank on the Black PX10 is the most I've spent on a bike part at $200. How far will that much money go when you need parts for a decent new bike?

We were all novices when we started. I say go for it.

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Thanks all. I'm looking for a quality basic road bike that I can do 90% of the maintenance and repair myself. I'll probably pass on the Peugeot.
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Thanks all. I'm looking for a quality basic road bike that I can do 90% of the maintenance and repair myself. I'll probably pass on the Peugeot.
If you want to save money, some people are satisfied with Shimano 2200 or 2300 equipped road bikes. I think you have to look around though for the better prices. And MSRP prices can be higher than what you'll find in some stores, especially when they're on sale. This is a good time of the year to look for sales though.
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