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    Compatible Parts for Vintage Peugeot

    I have an old, orange Vintage Peugeot that I'm not sure about the age or model of. It has Simplex derailleurs, shifters on the downtube, and Mafac breaks, and it did have leather saddle with an illegible brand name. I took it to a local bike shop and the guy said it was worthless and that everything needed to be replaced. He seemed to think that all French bikes are worthless. I like it however, and the frame is pretty decent, so I'd like to work on it. Any suggestions on components that are compatible? I'm thinking of changing it to a single speed for now. Also, anyone know what model it might be?

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    Upgrading/Modernizing Older French Bicycles

    And you should post pics if you want help dating it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrock View Post
    Upgrading/Modernizing Older French Bicycles

    And you should post pics if you want help dating it.
    I don't like some of the things that article suggests that you do to a vintage French frame!

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    I don't like some of the things that article suggests that you do to a vintage French frame!
    The article is a joke... yet holds truth and in this case the truth hurts. It also burns and stings.

    Ultimately, to upgrade a vintage Peugeot properly will require you to spend hundreds if not thousands to have it done well.. and you most likely never will get your money back if you decide to sell it.

    I've got a '68 PX10-E and I just keep it lubed, tuned and ride it appropriately.

    The route I originally wanted to go would have cost me more than a new Rivendale.


    People have squeezed thousands of miles out of Xmart bikes by taking good care of them. You can do the same with a vintage bike. Especially a vintage bike that was made very well back in it's time. However, French threaded bikes require replacement components which are most often very difficult to come by. Ride with care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
    I don't like some of the things that article suggests that you do to a vintage French frame!
    For that matter, half of those "suggestions" are nothing but a waste of money in an effort to standardize a non-standardized bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianFly View Post
    The article is a joke... yet holds truth and in this case the truth hurts. It also burns and stings.

    Ultimately, to upgrade a vintage Peugeot properly will require you to spend hundreds if not thousands to have it done well.. and you most likely never will get your money back if you decide to sell it.

    I've got a '68 PX10-E and I just keep it lubed, tuned and ride it appropriately.

    The route I originally wanted to go would have cost me more than a new Rivendale.


    People have squeezed thousands of miles out of Xmart bikes by taking good care of them. You can do the same with a vintage bike. Especially a vintage bike that was made very well back in it's time. However, French threaded bikes require replacement components which are most often very difficult to come by. Ride with care.
    What kind of fool would pour money into an old Peugeot?



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    old peugeot bikes are not worthless, just that guy's opinion of them.

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    Hey, I didn't write it, the OP was looking for info and I posted the link.

    If you have issues with the article take them up with the author.

    Personally, I want to keep my Moto as period correct as possible, this is why I'll be doing things like lacing the original hubs into new alloy rims so respacing wont be needed.
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    I've found that if you're patient replacement parts really aren't that expensive especially if your not going after the high zoot stuff. Yes they can be slightly more of a pain to find but online translators will work wonders (French eBay)......
    Just typing in "French threaded", "French threads", "35x1" in google will turn up surprising things. Just be patient and come up with every search term your brain can think of. I found 2 stems in the proper length
    (90mm) with the right (for me) bar diameter (25.4 vs standard 25 French) by typing in "22 stem 25.4". Cheaply and quickly I might add. And NOS to boot! I typed in "35x1 bottom bracket" and found 3 sets of cups with lockrings for $30! Need cups?

    Google alerts are handy too....as is Qbike.com

    Oh and one last thing......If any LBS guy said my bike was junk they would never have my business again. That tells me that they obviously don't like to make money. Last time I checked any bike shop can order a complete French threaded bottom bracket from Phil for some serious change.....Not to mention being able to charge for the install. They can find just about any NOS French parts as easily as you can too and charge you more than they would pay for it.
    Just sayin'.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ogbigbird View Post
    old peugeot bikes are not worthless, just that guy's opinion of them.
    Sounds like the guy really didn't know them. I get that all the time about my Raleigh from people under 50. but most don't comment 'cause they've never seen one.

    I love that black one.

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    Old peugeot

    I am in the process of restoring which sounds like the same bike. On the frame it says record du monde. Same components,same color. Does anybody know paint codes for these old bikes and decal suppliers? Also,places to get parts such as wheels,cables,seat etc. I am a motorcycle mech by trade and this is my first attempt on a bicycle. Any help would be great. Thanks,jim

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    Seems like i have the same bike. Any luck finding out what it is. Thanks,jim

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    You can easily update your components, you just have to do them in sets. If you want new pedals you may need new cranks and then a new bottom bracket, and then your frame may need rethreading for a English BB...
    It can get out of hand but if you have the frame, fork, headset, stem, BB and cranks, sometimes seatpost, then you can add a lot of newer or more adapted parts to your bike that fits your intended use.
    Simplex derailuers meet shimano cassette. A-stem adapter for a set of Tri-bars. FSA wheels to replace those alloys, I can't wait. All the parts are in the mail for my PR-10 Time Trials bike.
    Don't judge me, my other 3 peugeots are all original.

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    I suggest you do a search of the site. Your description sounds like the Peugeot U08. There are threads on the U08 every week or two.

    A lot of people have carefully restored/upgraded this bike (including me). After these pics, I swapped out the brake levers with modern aero-style levers. I also had to change out the tires, as these tires did not have a wire bead (so they came off within one block of taking this pic). This U08 is a 1975 version, with several upgrades: alloy cotterless crankset, alloy rims, alloy seat post, alloy handlebars, replacement shimano RD (plastic Simplex RD cratered).

    As far as comments from the local bike shop, one told me they didn't think any bike over four years old was worth anything, as bike technology is improving too fast..... Needless to say, I don't shop there anymore, as my newest bike is a 1992...


    Last edited by wrk101; 11-19-08 at 05:59 PM. Reason: clarification

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    It's not a PITA, it's an adventure. You want a great Shimano cassette? Just hold out your credit card and someone will bring one to your door. Want a really good freewheel? Google your heart out till you know your Heliocomatics up down and sideways and when the one you really want shows up on Ebay it's a real thrill. When you find just the right cottered Stronglight triple crank you feel like you've really accomplished something. A period correct Campy RD with a handmade long cage is a dumpsterdivers dream come true!
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