So I'm a complete newb, here, but I'm impressed by my one hour of lurking. I just picked up a free (I'm thinkin' 1980's) Peugeot ten speed.
The cold, hard, truth is that I'm in love.
I've always wanted an older, classic ten speed. And a few years ago my wife insisted I get my new bike at Target. I'll wait for the laughing and head-shaking to stop. I still have that bike, with a new paint job (day-glo orange) and it's kind of nice to keep around for the inclement weather (lots of rain!) or trail rides. But when I found this one in a craigslist "free" ad, I snatched it up.
It was dirty, the tires were flat (I was told they'd need to be replaced). And here's what it looks like now.
The tires (Specialized Turbo/LS 700 x 25c) hold air! I can't get them up to 105 PSI with my hand pump (I don't have an adapter for my foot pump...so that's on my list of things to get). Any bets on how much pressure the old tires can take?
The rest of the stuff (peeling tape on the handlebars--I'm going to re-tape them in ORANGE!), the dirt, all these things I can fix. There just one thing preventing me and the bike from riding off into the sunset.
The rear dérailleur.
There is just all kinds of slack in the chain, and I think it has something to do with the a) position and/or b) springiness of the rear dérailleur.
Here's some reference points:
Up-side down (because that's how I work on my bikes) view of the rear derailleur in it's "natural" slack position. I don't think it should look like that.
This is me holding it in a position that takes up the slack of the chain, but I can't tell if I'm missing some screws or some springs or what?
Any help, including the model of the bike, or advice on fixing the existing dérailleur or getting a "new" one would be much appreciated.