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Old 08-09-17, 04:51 PM   #1
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1980-2000 Peugeot Road Bike or New Road Bike?

My uncle gave me a mint-ish condition peugeot road bike but i am wondering if i should buy a new one instead. Would the maintenance fees be close to 600 cad (470 usd / 360 pounds )? I have yet to receive it but from what i heard it is basically rust free except of course the chain. If i am keeping it what parts should i upgrade / replace?
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We will need to see pics of the bike to give you an assessment.
There had been too many models of Peugeots between the years you mentioned for us to know what you have.
Make sure you take good, clear pics on the bike from both sides and some detailed closeups on the brakes, seatpost drive train.
You can post a link to your pics for us if you cannot post in the forum yet.
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The most important thing is whether the bike fits you. If it doesn't fit, don't waste your time on it.

The bike will still need some sort of tune-up. With the bike in "mint-ish" condition, I think paying $600 CAD is kind of high for parts and labor.

The obvious replacement parts are the expendables (cables, housings, brake pads, bar tape).

If you plan on replacing the chain due to rust, you may want to replace the freewheel at the same time.

If the tubes do not hold air, you will need new tubes.

If the tires are showing dry rot or lack of tread, you will need replacements.

If you choose to go with this bike project, take some pictures of it.

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Old 08-09-17, 05:32 PM   #4
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okay thanks guys when i get the bike, im going to take pics of it and post it up.
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Unless the bike is a basket case, there is no way fixing it up and maintenance costs will exceed the price of a new bike. In fact, the price will likely be far below that of a new, equivalent quality bike. If you want a new bike, go for it but it won't be because you'll save any money.
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Would the maintenance fees be close to 600 cad (470 usd / 360 pounds )?
Half that amount, tops, to go through everything on the bike, and that's provided you take it somewhere and have them do it. If you do it yourself, maybe 100 bucks tops, but much less if you don't have to buy new tires. If I'm just patching tubes, re-packing bearings, and changing cables to fresh ones with fresh brake pads too... maybe 40 dollars in parts? Handlebar tape and brake pads being the pricey bits of that 40 dollar equation.

Like others have said, it's hard to say without pictures. If it fits I'd fix it up and ride the hell out of it. It's much better to get some mileage under your butt before determining which direction you want to takes things, be it maintenance or getting another bike altogether.
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Yep, pics will help.

If you want to ride immediately then buy new. If you want spend maybe a few days or couple of weeks to get all of that sorted out, you will save a few hundred dollars and maybe learn a few things about bike repair.
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Thanks guys. As I said, after I get the bike imma take pics and upload it
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Old 08-29-17, 10:57 AM   #9
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How do u get the URL of photos?
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Depends on where you have the photos uploaded to.

there is multiple ways to do it and each photo hosting site is different, post whatever one you have them on and i bet someone on here is using the same and can help you
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I found out it was a Peugeot sprint. How's the bike?
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The Sprint was a relatively low-end Peugeot built with Peugeot's proprietary Carbolite tubing, and later its HLE tubing. Although this is a relatively heavy tubing (compared to Vitus or Reynolds) it can make a pleasant bike to ride if you put on good wheels and tires. I have an even lower-end Corbière model from 1984, which uses the Carbolite, and it is quite a pleasant bike. But it took some effort and $ for me to bring it up to the standard I wanted in a bike.
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The Sprint was a relatively low-end Peugeot built with Peugeot's proprietary Carbolite tubing, and later its HLE tubing. Although this is a relatively heavy tubing (compared to Vitus or Reynolds) it can make a pleasant bike to ride if you put on good wheels and tires. I have an even lower-end Corbière model from 1984, which uses the Carbolite, and it is quite a pleasant bike. But it took some effort and $ for me to bring it up to the standard I wanted in a bike.
Based on my long experience with two UO-8s, I can attest that low-end Peugeots are remarkably pleasant and fun to ride.
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Thanks guys. I would plan to invest in some good wheels and tires. Any idea what wheels/ tires would be good?
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Thanks guys. I would plan to invest in some good wheels and tires. Any idea what wheels/ tires would be good?
You will find a wide range of prices, and even the lower side of midrange can be pretty good.

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Watch the rear axle length. Over the years this has grown from 120mm (5-speed) to 126mm (6-speed standard) to 128mm (7-speed) to 130mm (8-speed). The rear triangles of steel frames can be spread (been there ... done that on several bikes), but know what you are getting into.
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You will find a wide range of prices, and even the lower side of midrange can be pretty good.

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at least 32 spokes/wheel, in a 3X lacing pattern

Watch the rear axle length. Over the years this has grown from 120mm (5-speed) to 126mm (6-speed standard) to 128mm (7-speed) to 130mm (8-speed). The rear triangles of steel frames can be spread (been there ... done that on several bikes), but know what you are getting into.

Thanks john. I can't seem to find any tho. Can u please point out some examples? Thanks
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Thanks john. I can't seem to find any tho. Can u please point out some examples? Thanks
For wheels? To get an idea, look in Amazon for wheels built with Alex, H+son, Weinmann, Velocity, and Mavic rims. Those are common options. Velocity and Mavic tend to be more expensive, but are excellent rims.
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If it is anything like the Peugeot on "Riding the Peugeot Sprint", you have a fine bike.
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Thanks guys really appreciate ur help!
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I've never been able to read pages on that site. My eyes won't cooperate with the background graphics surrounding the text. Apparently not everyone has this problem, as many people have read many pages there.

Now that you mention it.....
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Hi guys, while im restoring it, i found out i had to replace the free wheel. i can't seem to identify the freewheel tho. its a uo12 sprint i believe. does anyone have any idea?
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Freewheels are totally generic, they're all interchangeable. Just buy a new shimano one and a new chain to go with it.
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but i need to take the freewheel off and i can't find which tool to use.
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