as a confirmed franco-phobe, it pains me to say that i currently have THREE french bikes in the house these days.
as some of you already know, I recently acquired a very clean, very original little peugeot UO9 from a fellow CV'er for general kickin' 'round town.
Decalling, headbadge,componentry, etc and what's left of the btm bkt serial number all clearly indicate it to be a UO-9 of what looks to be 1980 or 81 vintage, but with one major glaring difference-
The frame's lugwork/construction is unlike any pictures of the peugeot UO series that I've found in the various online peugeot websites and catalogues.
The headtube lugs are of a different, more sculpted design and the seatcluster is of "lugless" construction, rather than a simple plain lug.
the bike is clearly marked as made in france. size is a 19"(50cm). everything else seems to match the us catalogues for either 1980 or 81.
so what's the story? why is this one different?