Hi all, I thought I'd get some input before going back to the shop to have them try and fix what they did. Here's the story:
I brought my stock '72 Peugeot PX-10 in for a rear wheel bearing re-pack and for them to replace a broken back spoke. Oh I also wanted them to swap out the right side brake hood.
I get it back, the shop had replaced both brake hoods and the front cable and housing, they had tightened to headset so much that it barely turned, and the old rear axle was swapped out with a solid axle(they told me that it was broken- when I asked the next time I went in I told them I knew it was bent, was it really broken? They told me they tried to unbend it and broke it in the process). I had them measure the rear dropout because it looked like they respaced it and they said it was 125mm. I told them I was nearly positive it was 120mm when I brought it in and they said with these old bikes it was either 120 or 125mm(yeah... not worth getting into it with them).
The real issue is, my bike is now noticeably slower. It's not something with the pedal motion which is what they keep trying to figure out something wrong with, it's with the coasting. Before I brought it in there was nearly no resistance(other than being able to notice the old grease in the rear hub), one pedal stroke on flat surface and it'd just go. Now there's a resistance that is very noticeable, especially when going uphill. Just spinning the wheels with my hands looks ok, but there is just something wrong and these shop people have started to talk to me like I'm crazy.
I bought this bike from someone who had it in his garage and stripped it down and put it back together(except for the rear hub, it didn't bother me that much ever).
I think it's either that the new axle that they installed is fighting the hub somehow(is a French axle a different size than a standard one?), or that they replaced the bearings(despite me telling them not to- is it possible that they replaced them with the wrong size bearings?) They're Normandy Luxe Competition hubs by the way.
Needless to say this whole experience has made me very upset. They ravaged my baby(the second time I got it back they had lost the plastic part on the front quick release skewer and also bend the skewer really badly- I didn't tell them to touch the front wheel at all, and for some reason the wheel is on backwards). This is a very respected shop in NYC by the way... Also they never called to ask before doing any of these repairs that I didn't ask for.
I just want to get my bike back to the speed machine that it was. Unfortunately it'll never be the original collectors bike it was ever again.
Thanks in advance.