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Old 10-03-09, 07:34 AM   #1
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Peugeot problems rear axle

I have what appears to be a Peugeot P6 made in 1984. I say appears because it looks like the images of the P6 in the old catalog pics, but the a few of the components are not what the specs in the catalog say.

I have two problems:
  1. Broken rear axle
  2. noisy freewheel

The bike has a carbolite 103 frame, the rear hub is a Maillard, and has 11 and 84 stamped on it, which I think means it was made in the 11th week of 1984, and the freewheel is a Maillard 5 speed. The freewheel started making noise several months ago, and sometimes when coasting it would 'hang' and not spin freely. I lubed it and it doesn't hang currently, but it does make a slight noise. On my last ride the rear axle split into two pieces. I have checked locally and can't find a replacement axle, and both shops suggested getting a new wheel. I don't know if the freewheel is about to go out, or how difficult/expensive it is to repair. I also don't know how to find the specs on the axle to search for one online.

I got the bike about 8 years ago at a rummage sale for 15$ and just had to do a little work to get it into shape. I put several thousand miles on it until I got a new bike. Now I just use it when I am riding on non-paved trails. I would love to repair it but don't want to spend a lot of money. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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1. Find a donor bike or wheel at a garage sale. I have found quite a few wheels at garage sales, some as cheap as $1 each. I have picked up donor bikes in the $5 to $10 range, with good wheelsets but some fatal flaw (like frame damage). I picked up two donors last week for $10, I will be able to make one good complete bike out of it and have some spare parts for other projects.

2. Find another shop, axles can be replaced.

3. Find a flipper in your area, they may well have the parts or a wheel they can make you a deal on.

4. Post a WTB: Wheel on your Craigs List bikes for sale section.
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The shop may have had cost in mind, because a new wheel and freewheel aren't that high and don't incur a service charge like installing an axle would. A broken axle often means ruined cones. The shop may have been concerned that they couldn't find the right dust caps. Axles and cones are pretty standard but dust caps aren't.

The threads on the freewheel may be the old French size which means you'd have to get a new freewheel for your hub if you got a new wheel. My Maillard freewheel says M34.7X1.00 on the surface facing outward around the axle. That size is not compatible with new wheels.
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Thanks for the advice. I will try looking for a used wheel/freewheel first. Do I need to find a freewheel that is similar to what I have, or will any 27" wheel and 5 speed freewheel work? Or is it possible to for example, find a good wheel with say a good 6 speed freewheel and derailer and swap all of it out? I don't know what will work when swapping parts on the rear wheel/gears.
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Thanks for the advice. I will try looking for a used wheel/freewheel first. Do I need to find a freewheel that is similar to what I have, or will any 27" wheel and 5 speed freewheel work? Or is it possible to for example, find a good wheel with say a good 6 speed freewheel and derailer and swap all of it out? I don't know what will work when swapping parts on the rear wheel/gears.
Any 27" wheel with a 5 or 6 speed freewheel will work. Your bike is pre-indexed shifting. So as long as it is still that way, pretty much any brand should work with your current rear derailleur (assuming it works). Often I find used rear wheels with a decent freewheel attached for less than the cost of a freewheel. Service the bearings (replace them, and new grease), clean the freewheel (do a search on the mechanics forum, thats a topic that has been covered many times before) and you are ready to go. This service work should take you an hour or less.
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