Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New York Metro Area
Bikes: 2014 Insight 2, 1995 Trek 720 Multi-Track, 2004 Cannondale F300, 1994 Cannondale M600, Raleigh Dash Max, 1986 Miyata 1000, 1981 Fuji S12S (18 spd), 1978 Bridgestone Kabuki Diamond Touring, 1971 Atala touring bike, 1958 Rudge Sports
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Make sure the frame size fits you properly. Stand over the bike with tires inflated. You should be able to lift it up about an inch or so off the ground before the top tube "hits" you. If it is the correct size, try having the tops of the handlebars at about the same height as the top of the seat. It looks like a Peugeot UO8 from about the mid-1970s. New derailleurs would be nice ... Shimano or SunTour. The plastic Simplex derailleurs it came with had a tendency of breaking. The shifters on it are much nicer than the plastic ones that it came with. It looks like you also need new tires. You may also need new brake pads and maybe cables. The best prices online are probably at Niagara Cycle Works. Hubs and headset probably need to be regreased. It has cottered cranks, so you may just may want to drip alot of oil into the bottom bracket. Oil everything that pivots, spins, etc. Wheels aligned? Wash it down good, clean the chrome surfaces, put some car wax on it. Wouldn't recommend spending too much money on this bike ... tires at NWC $12, cables $4, cable ends 20 cents, brake pads $6. Would look for a "freebie" Shimano derailleur off an old "donor" (junk) bike. If everything goes OK it should be a decent riding bike.
Here is a 1974 catalog page link for a UO8. These bikes were made pretty much the same every year in the '70s.
Last edited by cycleheimer; 06-22-11 at 04:31 PM.