Hey everyone, been a lurker here for a long time. Some really beautiful builds here!
So, I have had this bike for a while. I am having trouble deciphering the serial on the bottom, nothing seems to add up and have any indication of a year...so I have scoured the bike for other signs and have found the latest date on the front rim to be an "81" stamp, indicating it was produced in 1981, so the bike was produced in 81 or after. I couldn't find it in the US brochures for 81, and the comparable bikes I found in the British and French had at the very least a different headlight than mine.
Here is what mine looked like when I bought it in 2006.
I bought it in Tampa Fl for $90 (it was in showroom condition!), where I used to to commute to and from college every day. Everything worked perfectly! Backpack went on the completely stock luggage rack, and the generator lights came on when the sun went down. She was a truly beautiful, fully stock, clean ride, and made me fall in love with bicycling all over again.
Fast forward 6 years later. Someone borrowed my bike from my house without me knowing, they were intoxicated, crashed, and the bike got the short end of the stick. The walked in the house wheeling my bike in, fender in hand, rear wheel locked up....needless to say, I was not happy. Since then, everything "touring" about it has come off due to the stuff being broken in the crash, and it just doesn't ride the same as it once did.
I am fairly mechanically inclined, but this will be the first bike I work on. I live in a small beach town in Florida, and I am going to convert this to a ss/fixed. We do not have one hill, and I have never used the gears on this bike. I come from a simpler is better/minimalist school of thought. Im going to update this thread as I go, and hopefully someone will enjoy following my journey I am about to embark on.
I would like to to start off with one question though, I am confused about the bottom bracket. I know around 1980 there were some changes and Peugeot started using some Swiss and British threading... I am hoping someone can steer me in the right direction here. The outer ring on the BB doesn't seem to have the groove running around the circumference which would indicate Swiss. SO that leaves my hopes up for British threading.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read. If anyone has done this conversion to a similar year Peugeot, don't be afraid to speak up!
Also, I know its a bottom of the line Peugeot, but I do love this bike and have many memories with it. I like working on things, and I know strictly monetarily the old Pug may not be worth it to some, but for me, it is!
Here are some pics of her. Excuse the dirt and grime!! And the thing on the seatpost is for a surfboard rack.