Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 26
  1. #1
    tad
    tad is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    61
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Critique (gently) my peugeot SS conversion...

    So this is my first attempt at a conversion for a commuter/everyday bike. This is my dad's old Peugeot UO8 that he bought in 1972, so it has a lot of sentimental value. Hence, even though it's not the best frame, it's my favorite.

    The first step was swapping out the wheels. Unfortunately, the original normandy hubs were french threaded, so I swapped them out for a 27" Araya wheelset I picked up from a friend. I added a single speed 16T freewheel and I was good to go. I also swapped in a 1/8" chain and saved the original chain with the old freewheel.

    The original bike (from my folks' basement):



    I picked up an old bianchi drop bar for the chop and flip. I want to save all the original parts off the bike, so chopping the old one up wasn't an option. The bianchi was about .4mm too large at 25.4, but I managed to get it into the stem with just a bit of work.

    Of course, after the chop (and once the brake levers came in) - I realized there was no way they were going to fit into the curved section of the bar. So, I picked up a couple of copper pipe reducers which fit *perfectly* into the bars (read, with a bit of work). I JB-welded them in. I was a bit concerned about the strength of the bar at this point, but really the only stress on the very end of the bar is from braking. When I'm riding, my hands are behind the joint. Regardless, I have no doubt it will hold up. See the in progress pictures below...





    And the final result (for now). This is my everyday commuter, hence the light and f/r brakes (original mafac center pulls)






    STILL TO DO:
    I really want to find a replacement spindle for the BB. It currently has cottered cranks (with mangled pins) Unfortunately, the BB is french-threaded, so it's not as easy as just swapping the whole thing. B/c I have thin-walled cups, I really need an Italian spindle (or so says Sheldon) that was designed for a 70mm BB (mine is 68, but because of the cups...). Once I get a square taper spindle, I'll pick up some new cranks, pedals, and a single 42T chainring. Unfortunately, this means running on a 40T chainring up front which is a little too low for my tastes (not a hilly city - Washington, DC).

    I'm open for any suggestions, although I'm pretty happy with it right now (other than the cranks/chainring).

  2. #2
    live free or die trying humancongereel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    where i lay my head is home.
    My Bikes
    bianchi pista workhorse, cannondale r1000, mountain bike fixed conversion
    Posts
    6,999
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    the brake solution is cool, i like that diy style.
    have:ea50 flats, black, light, stiff.
    144 bcd 3/32" 49t sugino track chainring, possibly 75.

    want: risers, light, stiff, 1", black if that can be
    144 bcd 46t or 47t chainring any kind or width

  3. #3
    Banned.
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    philly
    Posts
    994
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nothing at all wrong with a Peugeot frame.
    Nice job, so far. Only thing I'd change immediately is the addition of clips & straps on the pedals, so that you can learn to properly modulate your speed with your legs (and thereby become less reliant on the brakes). But, since you have 2 brakes, you don't really need them - it's merely personal preference on my part.
    Well done! Enjoy riding it!

  4. #4
    i'd leave the sweet stuff joshuastar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    x32308x: where all our dreams come true!
    My Bikes
    BCA ten speed / 2007 bfssfg group buy IRO
    Posts
    727
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    clever fix for the brakes. i hope it holds up well!

    cleans up really nicely too.

    you should get an old school frame pump and slap it on there. classy!

    2nd the clips and straps. even though it's not fixed, it's still really handy to get that extra power all the way around the pedal stroke. and plus if you're out of the saddle when you hit a pot hole, you're less likely to fall of the pedals and bruise your...manhood. your life. your ego.

    tad ghostal?
    BCA vista sis | 2007 BFSSFG IRO

    i'd like to hang out...but who doesn't?

  5. #5
    Banned.
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    philly
    Posts
    994
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by joshuastar View Post
    even though it's not fixed
    Whoops, somehow I missed that.
    ...in which case, it's spot on.









    (psssst.... fix it. )

  6. #6
    alright now ahand's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Boston, MA
    My Bikes
    some bike
    Posts
    325
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    classy, i dig.

  7. #7
    tad
    tad is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    61
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by joshuastar View Post
    clever fix for the brakes. i hope it holds up well!

    cleans up really nicely too.

    you should get an old school frame pump and slap it on there. classy!

    2nd the clips and straps. even though it's not fixed, it's still really handy to get that extra power all the way around the pedal stroke. and plus if you're out of the saddle when you hit a pot hole, you're less likely to fall of the pedals and bruise your...manhood. your life. your ego.

    tad ghostal?
    thanks man. you mean like this?


    Unfortunately, the gaskets (I think) are blown, so the pump doesn't work. That's the original that came with the bike though.

    Good call about the clips and straps guys - I could probably add them to these pedals (or put back on the originals - but they're REALLY ratty), but I'll think I'll wait until I get the square taper spindle and new crank/pedals.


    Oh and btw, not tad ghostal.
    just tad (that's my first name).

  8. #8
    tarck bike.com exile 666pack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    lancaster, pennsylvania
    My Bikes
    bfssfg iro--black.
    Posts
    2,058
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i used to have a frame with those braze ons, and i had a broken pump i kept in there too!

    but yeah, watch out for those copper ends. it looks like it's a decent solution, but if it fails it will come at the worst possible moment.

  9. #9
    tad
    tad is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    61
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by 666pack View Post
    i used to have a frame with those braze ons, and i had a broken pump i kept in there too!

    but yeah, watch out for those copper ends. it looks like it's a decent solution, but if it fails it will come at the worst possible moment.
    yeah i actually might leave it in there. The bottom braze-on has been a real ***** lately (I only roll up my pant-leg on the drive side), as it always catches my pant leg. Luckily it's not a huge deal since it's not like getting caught in a chainring, but still annoying as hell. I've considered cutting it off - but like I said, I'm trying not to do anything irreversible to the frame. The pump is so light maybe i'll just leave it there.

  10. #10
    Senior Member jet sanchEz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    7,530
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Throw some fenders on there too, single-speed bikes are great for winter and rainy seasons as there are no gears to get gummed up. Nice bike.

  11. #11
    tarck bike.com exile 666pack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    lancaster, pennsylvania
    My Bikes
    bfssfg iro--black.
    Posts
    2,058
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    yup, that braze on actually caused me to crash once.

  12. #12
    Track Tricyclist kidtwisty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    bay area
    Posts
    546
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    also, that stem looks like the old AVA stems that old peugots used to come with stock
    sheldon said on his website that theyre prone to failure.
    if youre planning on riding it hard, i'd recommend getting a new stem.

  13. #13
    THIS SPACE FOR RENT
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,849
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nice work, I'd spring for some cheap bullhorns, though, as copper isn't exactly the metal I want holding my brake apparatus together.

    Re: the french thread BB and needing a longer spindle, one solution is to repack one or both sides of the BB with slightly oversize bearings. They can be a little tough to find, but it usually works.
    "I don't buy new frames, it just encourages them."

    -T.G.

  14. #14
    Post-modern sleaze JohnnyDoyle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    My Bikes
    Fuji fixed, Browning fixed, MTB
    Posts
    259
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Rad bike man, I like it.

  15. #15
    LF for the accentdeprived
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Budapest, Hungary
    Posts
    3,550
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nice job, enjoy the bike.
    (and I concur with the toe clip suggestion)
    Quote Originally Posted by dutret
    Do you deny that you are clueless or do you just think that "moron" didn't need to be tacked on there?
    Bike on flickr and on FGG

  16. #16
    i'd leave the sweet stuff joshuastar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    x32308x: where all our dreams come true!
    My Bikes
    BCA ten speed / 2007 bfssfg group buy IRO
    Posts
    727
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by tad View Post
    thanks man. you mean like this?


    Unfortunately, the gaskets (I think) are blown, so the pump doesn't work. That's the original that came with the bike though.

    Oh and btw, not tad ghostal.
    just tad (that's my first name).




    indeed!
    BCA vista sis | 2007 BFSSFG IRO

    i'd like to hang out...but who doesn't?

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    New Mexico
    Posts
    77
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I did a conversion on an 80's peugeot... only advise id throw you is to watch the headset (if youre using the origonal). with mine, i just disassembled, cleaned, and relubed it... few weeks later, damn thing had ruined the matching fork...

    ... luckily the LBS hooked me up with a Reynolds 531 fork for $15...

    but yeah, Id say just check any origonal parts you left on there... unless im mistaken the UO8 was the entry level racer, so its componentry might not have been top notch back in the day... fast forward 35 years and who knows...

    but looks good man, nice fix on the handlebars...

    -seth

  18. #18
    Senior Member Dostoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    minneapolis
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sugino made French thread BB cups that worked with the standard 68mm spindle length. I picked some up from Harris Cyclery about a year ago for an UO8 I was working on. Looks like they're out of stock forever, but maybe ebay?

    And yeah, you should replace the stem. I read that French steerers required a funky french-sized stem, but a standard quill stem slipped perfectly into my UO8.

  19. #19
    Senior Member Mtbnomore's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    My Bikes
    2008 Surly Pacer w/105, 2009 Gary Fisher Cobia, 2010 Surly CrossCheck
    Posts
    273
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I too really like your copper pipe fitting idea.

  20. #20
    Senior Member maddyfish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Ky. and FL.
    My Bikes
    KHS steel SS
    Posts
    3,945
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like it, family history is a good thing.
    Not too much to say here

  21. #21
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    30,271
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I love that you're riding your dad's old bike. Well done.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  22. #22
    *****es love tarck kemmer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Sandy, UT
    My Bikes
    so many
    Posts
    3,303
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I know you worked hard on the bar/brake solution, but if that's an Ava stem, I would ditch it an put on modern parts. They were known to fail at the worst possible moment.

  23. #23
    moar wine!!! rodri9o's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    NY
    My Bikes
    Brigdestone RB-2 : Gunnar Roadie : Masi Gran Corsa : Gunnar Crosshairs : Specialized Stumpjumper (overseas)
    Posts
    368
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    nice job man. making it work with what you got.
    thumbs up!

  24. #24
    Senior Member dddave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    los angeles
    My Bikes
    2012 redline conquest pro / 2008 yeti 575 / motobecan fantom cross uno
    Posts
    2,147
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i think my roommate has this same bike frame sitting in our parking garage.

  25. #25
    end of biters curiousincident's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    East Lansing
    Posts
    833
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Is that chainring guard removable? I could personally do without it.

    Nice conversion though, very well done.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •