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    70s Peugeot

    Hi--I'm a total noob, both re bikes an re this forum, so please forgive any gross misbehaviors in this post--they'll be inadvertent. So I'm a boomer trying to get slowly back into riding (I used to commute and ride for exercise). My budget is small, and I'm trying to keep a lid on it till I'm sure I can do it. Anyway--I can't figure out how to post only the picture of the 70s Peugeot (mixte frame) bike I'm looking at (it's in a Craigslist ad). I've been combing the archives here and googling a lot and I've found the retropeugeot site. But I can't find anything that looks like this bike. The "Peugeot" on a lower tube doesn't look like any I've seen--it's got block letters and they are kind of filled in with rainbow-ish colors. Does this sound like a Peuget decal (did I get that term right?)? HEre's the CL listing with pics--I hope that's legit? thanks! http://tucson.craigslist.org/bik/2518715464.html

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    It is definitely a Peugeot, looks to be in great condition too. The biggest concern I'd have is whether it fits you. Whatever bike you buy, if it doesn't fit you won't like, just like with a pair of shoes.

    Peugeots are hard to date but I think this bike is an 80's model, not a 70's. That's a good thing since it means the parts on it use the modern standard and not the old obsolete French standard. If you're 5'0 - 5'6 this might be a great bike for you. It looks to be in nice running condition and ready to go.

    Be careful buying a 'fixer-upper' bike. You can easily spend $100-200 at a shop getting tires, cables, grease, etc re-done if they have been neglected for some time. It looks like someone already took care of all that on this bike.

    To post a picture, just right click on the picture, select 'copy image location', then past the url address in your post. Surround the url with "[IMG]" and "[/IMG]" without the quotes and it should show up. At least using FireFox, not sure about other browsers.

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    Wow--thank you so much, Iowegian! (cool username btw). Yeah, it might fit me I think, as I am a hair under 5'6" and my daughter's bike (46 cm) is too small, and my son's (54 cm) is too big. I have learned, from reading around here, that those numbers don't necessarily mean a good fit, but it seems worth a shot. The horizonatal fit might not work as I am long-ish in arms and torso. Anywho.....so maybe I couldn't find it because I was looking in the 70s catalogs. I was about to cancel my look-see date with the seller because of what I've been reading about Peugeot and the weirdness of their 70s part sizings, but given what you are saying, I'm gonna go check it out. I really appreciate your help! My plan is to work up to my current commute (11-ish miles one way, mostly on an asphalt bike path and some decent-ish bike lanes) and then be as car-free as I can manage for work, at least, and then see what happens. Anyway, thanks so much! I love this forum--I've learned so much here the last few weeks, and there's so much more to read. --lzee

    Quote Originally Posted by Iowegian View Post
    It is definitely a Peugeot, looks to be in great condition too. The biggest concern I'd have is whether it fits you. Whatever bike you buy, if it doesn't fit you won't like, just like with a pair of shoes.

    Peugeots are hard to date but I think this bike is an 80's model, not a 70's. That's a good thing since it means the parts on it use the modern standard and not the old obsolete French standard. If you're 5'0 - 5'6 this might be a great bike for you. It looks to be in nice running condition and ready to go.

    Be careful buying a 'fixer-upper' bike. You can easily spend $100-200 at a shop getting tires, cables, grease, etc re-done if they have been neglected for some time. It looks like someone already took care of all that on this bike.

    To post a picture, just right click on the picture, select 'copy image location', then past the url address in your post. Surround the url with "[IMG]" and "[/IMG]" without the quotes and it should show up. At least using FireFox, not sure about other browsers.

    And welcome to BF!

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    Thanks for the tip! I start combing (scrolling?) through the catalogs on retropeugeot.com, and I believe I found the bike--a P16, the "ladies' companion" to the P6. Low end bikes, it says, but buy 'em, etc. Made of Carbolite......time to google Carbolite. I'm having cold feet about buying from a private party, I must say. I'm ignorant enough to be sold almost anything..... Off to Google Land. --lzee


    [QUOTE=Iowegian;13004999]It is definitely a Peugeot, looks to be in great condition too.
    Peugeots are hard to date but I think this bike is an 80's model, not a 70's. That's a good thing since it means the parts on it use the modern standard and not the old obsolete French standard. If you're 5'0 - 5'6 this might be a great bike for you. It looks to be in nice running condition and ready to go.

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    Carbolite is just Peugeot's name for the type of steel they used at the time. Are you looking specifically for this style of bike (mixte?). Most mixtes, including this one, are lower/middle end bikes. They are convenient and stylish but you'll probably pay a bit of a premium for the style factor. This one looks OK but it's hard to tell from the pictures and the rear brake isn't mounted the way I would have done it, although it is probably fine. Don't forget the OBO part, too.

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    This looks to be about a 50-52, or so, and is a much better bike. I'll be out in Tucson in about 4 weeks and, in the event that it's still available, I'll definitely be nabbing it.

    http://tucson.craigslist.org/bik/2501208188.html

    you can read a little bit about Medici here:

    http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA...d_confente.htm
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    I would agree with bibliobob that that Medici is a MUCH better bike and a REAL good deal. If you can afford the additional cost and it fits you would probably be much better off with the Medici. Even if you end up not getting back into biking you could probably sell the Medici for more than you paid for it.

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    I am not a bike expert, however I have done months and months of continuous research on vintage bicycles. Specifically mixtes, more specifically french mixtes. Like everybody is saying the are mid-low class, but they are very good bikes in my opinion. I currently own a Mercier Mixte and I have read the ride is very similar to a Peugeot. My Mercier is amazing. I have read my boyfriends Schwinn Passage and the ride feels similar. This might be my inexperienced side speaking but I could not have asked for a better bike. It is easy to ride, the angles are not too steep or or aggressive so it is perfect for a new rider while leaving room for advancement. I easily ride 24 miles a day on my bike and it's the smoothest, most comfortable and easy ride. I would not consider buying a bike that was not a mixte. The diamond frames are hard for me to mount, especially if I am wearing a dress or skirt, and mixte frames have the durability of diamond frames unlike a normal "ladies" bike. Plus a mixte is unisex so a re-sell would be easy. Not to mention mixtes are beautiful.

    The specific mixte you are looking at appears to be in really good shape, and to have been cared really well for. However parts or add ons are expensive. So I would hold out if you wanted racks, fenders or whatever in the future. 150$ is probably just what that bike is worth. You would not be getting ripped off, but it's not a steal of a deal either. So don't worry if this is not "the one". I got my mixte for $50, in great condition but I was lucky.

    Try to check out this link before you purchase your bike. It has some really helpful stuff in it. Especially if you are thinking about buying a mixte. I was I had seen this before I got mine. Luckily mine is perfect.

    http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2010/...-look-for.html

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    Iowegian--many thanks (again!)! Actually, I wasn't looking for a mixte at all. It caught my eye on CL because it's so beautiful. I actually prefer, as far as I can tell, the horizontal top bar. It just "feels" better--that is, if my sampling of other people's bikes (that don't fit me) is any way to judge. I decided, on balance, to keep looking. Today I am going to be exploring all the commuting advice I can find on this site. My goal is to buy a bike I can work up to a 20 or so mile commute (way back is pretty much uphill, so that'll be a while) on, and if I do that, to buy myself a new (new) bike, given that I'm not likely to learn to be my own tune-up etc mechanic.

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    bibliobob--wowzer! Well, I hadn't been looking in that price range, so I missed it, but I'll definitely check it out. when I saw it I thought it was a bike for racing. Thanks for the links--I can tell that the minute I click on that second one I'm going to start a new obsession.

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    thank you BlueDevil63--that's really reassuring. It will make it easier to take the leap (if the bike is still there and it fits, etc).

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    Kaity--what a fabulous testimonial! I guess I will not cross mixtes off my list. Actually I don't yet have a list, just a price, which I think I'm about to move upward (I guess in addition to my own couch I'll have to start digging in my friends' couches for change now.....). I did find that blog when I was obsessively looking for mixte info. It's a wonderful resource--and beautifully written. thanks for the terrific reply.

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    Forgot to mention, blbliobob--LOVE your signature line. It's something I quote pretty much every day.

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    Hello everybody--I hope I am not breaching any etiquette, but in case anybody's dying to know What Happened: I didn't go for the Peugeot. A mechanic at our local fabulous bike co-op was tuning up and fixing a Schwinn Voyageur SP on the day I went in looking. So he finished it today! I'm so excited! I am going to try to put a picture here--I think it is the most gorgeous bike on the planet. ok, maybe I'm a wee bit biased. I want to thank you all again for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lzee View Post
    Hello everybody--I hope I am not breaching any etiquette, but in case anybody's dying to know What Happened: I didn't go for the Peugeot. A mechanic at our local fabulous bike co-op was tuning up and fixing a Schwinn Voyageur SP on the day I went in looking. So he finished it today! I'm so excited! I am going to try to put a picture here--I think it is the most gorgeous bike on the planet. ok, maybe I'm a wee bit biased. I want to thank you all again for your help.

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    That's a beauty. You did well.

    Enjoy! (from one Eliot fan to another...)
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    Thanks bibliobob! I just love this bike...and you guys really helped me out a lot.

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