I'd like to find out more about my Peugeot
I've been an unregistered visitor to these pages for some time now but decided to join today (finally!).
I have a Peugeot bike that I'd like to find out a little more about. I bought it about a year ago off an old guy from the next village from me in south west France (where I live now). He apparently bought it from a bike shop that used to exist in that village (now long since gone) and owned it all that time until selling it to me. (I bought it for 40 Euro). After some time I replaced the seat and had "straight" handlebars and new corresponding brake levers fitted, but have kept all the original components. You can view pictures of the bike here (though you'll need to have a MySpace account to do so, sorry).
As you'll see from the BB sticker, it's a PBN-10, and other photos will show you that it's a 10 speed. I guess the most important information I'm seeking is the likely date of production. (I didn't ask the old guy I bought it from, and have no way of contacting him now.)
I'm considering stripping down the bike, repainting the frame and using it as the basis for a racing bike I plan to put together. However, I'm debating how "respectful" I should be to its origins. Mind you, it's not like it's a PX-10!
So, I'd be grateful if any of you can help me shed more light on this ride.
Welcome to the forums! I don't have a MySpace account, but the PBN10 was available (in North America) from 1980-1982. If it is truly a 10 speed, as opposed to 12 speeds, then we can rule out 1981 & 1982, at least according to my US literature. Sometimes, there are differences between countries, but this should be in the ballpark for a timeframe.
During this era, the PBN-10 was Peugeot's entry level racing model, so provided you are not concerned about the weight of the Carbolite 103 frameset, it will be a good platform for the intended use. FYI. weights for the bicycle is about 25 lbs, depending on actual year and frame size. Considering the application, you should upgrade it to whatever you feel is necessary achieve the desired perfomance level. My only concern is that you may find the bicycle somewhat restricted by the weight of the frame and that the cost of upgrading may exceed the cost of buying a better, used bicycle that meets your needs.
Sometimes the year of production is stamped on either the hubs or seatpost. Try pulling the seatpost out and checking. I believe it some type of code, much like the numbers on a bottom bracket shell, but I cannot remember how to decipher it. Someone else could probably tell you how to determine what the numbers mean if you find any.
Thanks for this feedback so far.
The ID sticker under the BB says this:
There's no number stamped into the frame itself that I can see. From what I've heard, the 7-digit code on the sticker suggests the bike is from some time during the 70s, but I don't know this for certain. The '54' after the 'PBN10' would obviously be the frame size in cm.
I didn't find anything on the seatpost, having looked previously, but I've never looked on the hubs (which I think are still the originals). I'll do that this evening.
Part of the reason I want to put my own bike together is to learn more about cycle repair and maintenance, since I seem to be spending more and more time doing it these days as I cycle 45km (28mi) to work and back each day. Plus, I'm starting to get quite geeky about cycle components and this will either feed it or cure it!
Well, Hockeyteeth, your suggestion of looking for stamped numbers on the hubs proved invaluable! Both hubs ("Rigida", made in France) are stamped "P 27 79". Searching round this forum and elsewhere for suggestions on how to dicipher that, it would seem that it simply means week 27 of the year 1979. SO I was right, the 7-digit code on the BB sticker did mean it was from the 70s (but only just!). However, I guess the Rigida wheels were not necessarily made at the same time as the rest of the bike, and means the bike itself would have been put together some time after that stated week.
But, to think, I'm still riding around on wheels that were made when I was preparing to celebrate my 14th birthday! Weird.
Thanks for the tip. I wouldn't have found it otherwise!
Best wishes to all,