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Old 07-29-10, 12:28 PM   #1
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Peugeot "Le Tour" 89...

I've recently decided to renovate my old Peugeot bike I bought back in 1989 which was ridden a lot back then but for the last 15 years has sat in various "leaky" garages and sheds... The paintwork isn't perfect and the wheels and pedals and so on have gone rather rusty but it seems otherwise sound. What I'm trying to figure out is what version of the frame I have, I know it'll not be top of the range as I bought it when I started my 1st job and money would have been tight.

I've been scouring the web but have had no luck as the decal set doesn't seem to match anything I can find... and there is no paper label, or indeed sign there ever was. It was bought in Manchester UK if that helps...

Anyone got any ideas what I have?

I'm not worried if it's bottom of the range as I quite like it's unusual paint and decals and I have many fond memories of riding it!
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Old 07-29-10, 12:33 PM   #2
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dunno what you mean about the paint.... looks gorgeous to me.
Not a model I've ever seen, wonder if it might be one of the canadian productions?
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Forgot to mention but it has "Made in France" decals just below the seat.
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Has the same crank as my wife's French made 1984 P18T. Lower to middle of the product line at the time I suspect. Sure looks clean in the photos.
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"Le Tours" are usually thought of to be Schwinns in this part of the world. You have what looks/sounds like to be a Euro-only model that looks significantly different from what we had here but is also similar in some ways.
As most mid to lower level Peugeot models in the 80's, many were based on the PH10 frame and geometry, just from what I see in your pics, this one is no exception. Everything is there, Carbolite 103 tubing, internally brazed frame joints and pressed steel dropouts. Despite the relatively humble specs of the frame, it should ride very nicely as most PH10 derivatives did.
Most notable on your bike is the CLB brakeset. It's not their top of the line set from the company, but I suspect it is also very lightweight as most of their models are. The graphics on the frame also looks much more interesting than what we got here at that time.
Try to keep as much of the original equipment on the bike as that could enhance it's value in the future (not neccessarily because of the quality of the components, but the fact that many of the companies that made the items on your bike do not even exist anymore, thus, they may be sought after in some degree in the future). You are lucky that everything seems to still be the original equipment supplied with the bike. You can mod up this bike to perform on the road a bit better/faster with higher end components, but it is your choice to do that or just find a higher level model bike instead and just keep this one as-is, maybe for sentimental reasons.
I say that bike is well worth cleaning up and ridden again, as it has enough going for it as an 80's classic Peugeot.

Hope you get it back on the road soon!

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By the late 1980s, on US bikes anyway, Carbolite frames only came on the lower end/bottom end models. 1986 was about the last year for US Carbolite racing bikes, and only the P4 and P6 had Carbolite. By 1987, even the P4 had HLE tubing.

Jim has a 1988 UK catalog on his site, I see the Tour 10 has a Carbolite frame.

Good looking bike, well worth a thorough clean and tune up. +1 Paint looks really good to me.
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I dont have much to add but its definitly a European model and it has BSA/British threading. Whats the serial number?

In Europe Peugeot used Carbolite 103 through the early 90's and Reynolds 531 through '96(useless trivia).
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I dont have much to add but its definitly a European model and it has BSA/British threading. Whats the serial number?

In Europe Peugeot used Carbolite 103 through the early 90's and Reynolds 531 through '96(useless trivia).
Thank you for all the replies guys.

It has been sat around for years gathering dust... but earlier this week I was taken with the idea of getting it back on the road. I hadn't thought that there was any interest in old bikes until I went off searching the internet.

I fully intend to keep it with original parts, I'm not into upgrading it... it is what it is! The only part I have missing is the white frame pump that I used to have (although I'm not 100% it actually came with that).


It's serial number is... Y908 16779
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I've recently decided to renovate my old Peugeot bike I bought back in 1989 which was ridden a lot back then but for the last 15 years has sat in various "leaky" garages and sheds... The paintwork isn't perfect and the wheels and pedals and so on have gone rather rusty but it seems otherwise sound. What I'm trying to figure out is what version of the frame I have, I know it'll not be top of the range as I bought it when I started my 1st job and money would have been tight.

I've been scouring the web but have had no luck as the decal set doesn't seem to match anything I can find... and there is no paper label, or indeed sign there ever was. It was bought in Manchester UK if that helps...

Anyone got any ideas what I have?

I'm not worried if it's bottom of the range as I quite like it's unusual paint and decals and I have many fond memories of riding it!
Hi,

I was very interested to read your message and see the photos. I have exactly the same bike. I've never seen another one like it anywhere. Ridden it since about 1992 off and on. Great bike. Only changed the wheels and tyres as like yours the chrome started to get rusty. I've just bought a mountain bike but still like riding the old Peugeot. As others have said maybe we've got a potential classic!

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Old 06-22-12, 08:49 AM   #10
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Sorry for the old thread ressurection but thought I'd add to this in case any of the original posters are still interested.

I've recently started work on an old road bike I got from a local skip, intending to do it up to be a cheap winter commuter and light tourer alongside my other bikes (2011 Allez and an 80's fixed gear conversion I did a couple of years ago). Nothing on the bike suggested Peugeot - it was black with decals of an unknown maker.

The paint was a bit jaded so I decided to repaint it and started rubbing it back to get a decent surface to key the new paint. That's when I uncovered Peugeot Le Tour decals and white / silver paint under the badly applied rattle-can black.

Looking at the photos at the top of this thread, as well as taking the "89" stamped on the Maillard hubs shows I too have a 1989 Peugeot Le Tour with "Carbolite+" steel tubing.

I can only assume the worst when it comes to a reason why someone would do this though given the surface rust and general condition of the paint, I'm guessing it took place quite a while ago.

I've got the frame stripped of components (which all came apart easily, miraculously) and sanded back ready for repainting now and have bought in most of the replacement parts necessary to see the old bike back on the road in daily use. Biggest expense was a replacement set of wheels though I'm keeping things as cheap as possible for the most part. Should be looking at somewhere around 100 for the whole project, plus some for a rack and mudguards later.

This isn't a restoration to original form but a rejuvenation of an old bike to become a useable machine with a mix of old and new parts. I'm tracking my (slow) progress in a Flickr set here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pete_jo...7630064599954/

A couple of photos...
The bike as I got it:


Starting to uncover the truth:


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I have just been given the exact same 'Le Tour' bike (for free!!) with the original frame pump and I'm hoping to gain information on original parts and how to restore it. It is in pretty good condition with little bits of rust here and there, but I am just looking for some advice on restoring it really, because she is a beaut her serial number is Y905 11903. Does this bike appear in any of the old Peugeot catalogs at all? Just out of interest. I will try and post a picture of her tomorrow. Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-17-14, 10:18 AM   #12
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Update - Photos This is the condition I have received her in and will give her a good clean up tomorrow
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Mine was the basket case project in the post before yours from over two years ago.

Yours looks to be in pretty nice condition. I still ride mine regularly - it shares commuting duties with another 80s road bike, a Falcon that I've converted to fixed gear but that's another story. You say you're aiming to restore it so what are your intentions? The Le Tour didn't have top of the range components so if I were looking for a restoration, I'd probably also be thinking of upgrading to decent quality vintage parts instead of trying to stick to original spec.

I use mine as my do everything bike and I commute on it in all weathers, I do long weekend rides on it (including one century) and I've even used it to go on a weekend camping trip, fully loaded. As a result, I've updated most of its components and it now sports 2x8 speed Sora STI shifters and gearing, modern wheels and dual pivot brakes. The only original parts are the frame, forks and seatpost!



Carbolite isn't a classic frame material like Reynolds 531 but it's comfortable and durable. I sold the modern Specialized Allez road bike I had at the time because I realized that I much preferred the ride of the old Carbolite Peugeot. I'd recomment getting the bike into a state you can enjoy riding it instead of getting too fixated on a vintage restoration. First thing I'd change would be the wheels so you can stop in that Wolverhampton rain!
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Yeah she is in pretty nice condition, she's just really grubby! I have given her a thorough looking over today and I think I am just going to change the brake pads to Fibrax Rain Cheater ones with the leather strip, change the tyres (maybe yellow ones to give her some zazz), and replace the handlebar tape. I also need to have a look at the one brake cable as the white outer casing has split slightly and the cable looks a bit rusty.
I'll probably only use her to potter around on here and there really, discovering Cambridge (I'm moving there for a new job in the new year). I probably wouldn't cycle any more than 30 mile in a day in good weather. Yours looks great! I really like what you have done to it. I was umming and ahhing as to whether I should sand down and repaint, but I think I quite like the retro look
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