DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Don't worry too much about originality of components on that UO8. Peugeot only made about a billion of them (OK, thats a slight exaggeration). Its an entry level bike, that has a nice vintage look to it. But it is still an entry level bike. And at 6-5, that bike looks small for you. The bike looks to be in really good condition, and worth the asking price. At that price level, you usually do not find higher end bikes, and if you do, you have to move lightning quick before they are gone.
Just go into it with your eyes open. The UO8 came with steel rims, cottered crank, french threading, non-standard downtube shifters, and plastic simplex derailleurs. But in its time, it was quite a bit better than its competition. In 1975, I moved up from a Schwinn Continental to a UO8, that was a nice step up. I then upgraded a lot of the steel parts to alloy.
Wrenching on the bike is a little on the difficult side due to french threading. It also makes finding some parts more difficult. Upgrading the bottom bracket and crankset is more costly than other bikes that do not have french threading. There are many threads on that topic.
I have three UO8s, I like them just fine. But I prefer something a little better, and not french threaded.
As far as inseam, bicyclists talk in terms of your bicycle inseam, not your pant inseam. I would be very surprised if your bicycle inseam is only 34 1/2 inches. Google bicycle inseam, there is a lot of good info on how to measure it. It certainly will fit better than a 53cm bike. This one looks to have a 24 inch frame size (guess on my part).
The good news is that if you move up in bike later, at this price you should be able to resell the bike without losing any money. That beats going to a bike shop, spending $1000 on a new bike, and losing half of its value in a couple of years.
Last edited by wrk101; 10-05-09 at 01:35 PM.