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Old 08-21-09, 07:18 PM   #1
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Peugeot gets new lease on life...

Picked this up last month for $10. A P8 (entry level) from 1985. I was a little uncertain as to what I wanted to do with it. Ended up deciding on commuting with it. (When I actually have a job.) If it gets clipped, it's not like I'm out a lot of cash.

This is what it looked like the day I brought it home...


And today...


Saddle and brake levers are borrowed from another Peugeot. Pedals I had just laying around. New tires, tubes, rim strips, cables/housing, chain, bar wrap, bottle cage, clamp-on down tube shifters, and grade 25 bearings all around. Ditched reflectors, dork disk, chainring guard (or whatever it's called), stem shifters, brake levers with wings, and lots of grime.

Weighs 26 lbs. Rides surprisingly good.

Another shot...


I figure I've now got $87 into it and I still want fenders, rear rack, and baskets.

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Old 08-21-09, 07:27 PM   #2
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Great looking bike. Always liked the white saddle/tape combo.
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very nice.
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Old 08-21-09, 07:39 PM   #4
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I read the thread heading and braced myself for yet another dumbed down single speed project, but I was gratified to see that you had simply cleaned it up and kept the gears.
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Looks great.
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Beautiful transformation! Congratulations with the fine results! Very much reminds me of my modded up PH10 in the 80's. Thanks for posting!

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Old 08-22-09, 02:33 PM   #7
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Gotta love that bike!
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Nice job

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That does look very nice, the color is great. It looks like it got some nice parts upgrades too.

Why has no one commented on the totally awesome work stand yet! I need that badly!
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I can't believe how much better that crank looks without the guard on it. I thought about adding one to my commuter but I decided to roll my pant legs up instead. What tire pressure did you use with the 32mm paselas?
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Old 08-22-09, 02:59 PM   #11
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Please don't let that repair stand fall on the bike or yourself! Was that thing originally a car lift?
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I read the thread heading and braced myself for yet another dumbed down single speed project, but I was gratified to see that you had simply cleaned it up and kept the gears.
well at least we still got the haughty gears purist making snotty comments about single speed bikes, even without any single speed bikes present or discussed
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Ha, the fg/ss community is on the offensive! Much like roadie V. cars

Share the road!

JJ, no offense meant of course. Your Varsties are some of the neatest Schwinn's rolling.
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well at least we still got the haughty gears purist making snotty comments about single speed bikes, even without any single speed bikes present or discussed
Blehhhh.....

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oops


forgot to mention that is one handsome steed
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Nice looking upgrade. A very practical commuter brought to life is a good thing.
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That does look very nice, the color is great. It looks like it got some nice parts upgrades too.

Why has no one commented on the totally awesome work stand yet! I need that badly!
I was wondering if anybody would comment on the stand. It's a beauty. I just picked it up from a frame builder friend of mine. The base of it was a utility access hatch. It was found orphaned, lying in a field or something, and given a new home. I have it up on a dolly so I could roll it out into the driveway to work outside on such a nice day. It's weighs a lot.

I'm not sure what PSI I got the Paselas to. My old dying floor pump doesn't have a gauge on it. I'm pretty sure that they aren't 95 yet because they're a little on the squishy side. I found a car gauge in the car but it only went as high as like 55 lbs or so. I'll have to get a better pump if I'm going to be daily riding the Pug.

As to the parts. Just the brake levers and shifters got replaced. The FD, RD, calipers, cranks all original. They did get a pretty thorough cleaning.

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Old 08-22-09, 11:05 PM   #18
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Looks great.

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Old 08-29-09, 09:06 PM   #19
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Nice job...I'd steal it if I was a thief. Better take a lock!!!
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The stand is the part that got my attention, you could jack up a Bentley on that thing. Love it.
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The stand is the part that got my attention, you could jack up a Bentley on that thing. Love it.
Correction: You could jack a Citroen up on that thing. This is a French advertizing photo, you know!
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It looks good!!

Why the low mount shifters?
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Why the low mount shifters?
Started out as an accident. But then I took it for a spin and they seemed to be okay, so I decided to leave 'em. I'll probably have to move them higher if/when I change the bars. The current setup is a bit long on the top so my original idea was to swap stems with my other Peugeot, which is a bit short. But the stem on the '86 is 22.2mm versus 22.0mm on this '85. So now I'm thinking maybe a 'north road' style bar might be a good solution instead of hunting down a shorter 22.0mm stem.

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Picked this up last month for $10. A P8 (entry level) from 1985. I was a little uncertain as to what I wanted to do with it. Ended up deciding on commuting with it. (When I actually have a job.) If it gets clipped, it's not like I'm out a lot of cash.

This is what it looked like the day I brought it home...


And today...


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Weighs 26 lbs. Rides surprisingly good.

Another shot...


I figure I've now got $87 into it and I still want fenders, rear rack, and baskets.

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You did an absolutely beautiful job... and sure can't beat the price.

I love the simple understated elegance of a classic steel framed bicycle.


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I read the thread heading and braced myself for yet another dumbed down single speed project, but I was gratified to see that you had simply cleaned it up and kept the gears.
Hi John,

That's one popular fad I don't think I'll ever understand... and cringe whenever I see a classic steel framed derailleur road bike degraded into a "fixie". Whenever I browse the CL bike ads, it's always with a bewildering touch of sadness asking the question... why?


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