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    Vintage frame good for fixie?

    Hey, I just bought this vintage french frame, and I intended to build my own fixie with it, I wanted to know if it was the right kind of frame for a fixie. Thanks!Fixie 2.jpgfixie 1.jpg

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    Yeah, it will be good. Bottom bracket and headset might be special. Those people will be along shortly.

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    French is a no-no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    French is a no-no.
    Case in point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bat56 View Post
    Bottom bracket and headset might be special.
    Case in point.
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    Are french frames bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    French is a no-no.
    Hogwash. Velo Orange sells readily available French-threaded headsets and bottom brackets.

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    I don't think that frame is French threaded. Looks to be early 80s paint and graphics, which would mean it is an English threaded frame.

    "Peugeot bikes prior to approximately 1980 have French threading for both bottom
    brackets and forks/headsets. Around 1980 Peugeot began converting over to
    British threading or 'B.S.A.'"

    http://www.cyclespeugeot.com/Threading.html

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    You'll be fine. I just converted the same exact frame for a buddy of mine.
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    I ride an old Peugeot super sport converted to a fixie. works just fine.

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    Thanks for all the help! I'll be sure to post a picture of the finished product.

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    It is a pretty low quality frame, but will work just fine mechanically.
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    Yes, it will be a bicycle with a fixed gear when you are done. You will then be able to do bicycle cycling. Win.
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    my peugeot is swiss threaded BB, same stickers as yours. not cheap but there are other alternatives. got alot of help the guys here

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    yes. might wanna replace that chain though haha. road geometry is more comfortable, and you can probably fit wider tires/wheel sizes up to 27" on older frames. thats a sweet frame, i'd put road drops and orange bar tape on it. make sure the bottom bracket is the right threading/spindle length and if you replace the headset its the right size and stuff. i dont see why not man go for it

    edit props to scrod and hockeyteeth those are mad helpful posts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Hogwash. Velo Orange sells readily available French-threaded headsets and bottom brackets.
    This^
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    Save that stem! You'll maybe be tempted to get something new, but if in fact it is French threaded the stem will have an insert diameter of 22.0 instead of the standard 22.2. That's really the only tough to find (and not really, if you are patient) French part these days. There's a possibility you will need a 25.0 clamp handlebars (as opposed to the more standard 25.4 or 26.0mmif it is indeed a French stem...so keep that in mind too. Like mentioned, the threading issue is nowadays a non-issue thanks to Velo Orange....and everything else related to converting to fixed gear is the same as any other vintage frame.

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    Which way does the fixed cup thread? Is there a little sticker with a serial number and model name on the BB shell?

    That very well could have a Swiss BB in which case your best bet is to reuse the cups and find a spindle that'll work well with the crank you choose. Finding the right spindle with those thin cups and 68mm shell often means using an spindle for an Italian shell. It's kind of a black art.
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    If its your first build, I'm assuming it is, i would wait a little longer and find a non-french frame on your local CL. I have the same frame and regret buying it to be honest. parts like the stem, bottom bracket, and even seat post are available online, but at least in my case, not at my lbs so it has made upgrades a unnecessary hassle. I would wait and find another old frame with the correct dropouts if i were you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyassir View Post
    Are french frames bad?
    No, in fact Peugeots are known to ride very nicely. The one drawback to French frames is that the steer tube and bottom bracket may be metric thread, restricting the parts that will fit. Fortunately, Velo-Orange has started offering decent quality, reasonably priced metric components, so this is no longer a big issue.

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    What is a CL, and why do you regret buying it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyassir View Post
    What is a CL, and why do you regret buying it?
    CL = craigslist and he already explained why he regrets buying it:

    Quote Originally Posted by SS_Giant View Post
    parts like the stem, bottom bracket, and even seat post are available online, but at least in my case, not at my lbs so it has made upgrades a unnecessary hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
    The one drawback to French frames is that the steer tube and bottom bracket may be metric thread, restricting the parts that will fit. Fortunately, Velo-Orange has started offering decent quality, reasonably priced metric components, so this is no longer a big issue.
    Pretty sure this was. . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Hogwash. Velo Orange sells readily available French-threaded headsets and bottom brackets.
    Yep. Yep, it was covered.
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