Join Date: May 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Peugeot PX10e, Specialized Allez Epic
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Way back in the day (1972) I rode a Peugeot PX10e across the USA from MA to CA. I still have that bike and am in the middle of my 2nd rebuild of it, although most of the gear is still original (cranks, BB, wheels, seat) I did replace the derailleurs and just upgraded to a 6-spd freewheel. I don't think you will have any problems with the frames on either bike. I did own a U08 that was stolen and liked it a lot. The reason for the PX10e was to save the weight - when my bike was fully loaded it weighed in at 45 pounds! The bike was only 21 of that, so between myself and the gear the bike took a pounding.
I had to 'de-tune' the bike to make it into a touring model - you know, wider gear ratios, added fenders, different tires, pedals, a Campy GT, etc. That was money well spent. I don't recommend upgrading to expensive gear - the less spent the better in my book. I remember turning my nose up at the Japanese derailleurs that were just coming into the west coast when we arrived. Boy was I ever dumb!
The touring issues are covered in spades here so I will limit myself to the issues of the bike. Some problems we had were fixing flat tires - tubulars are a nice ride but a real pain to repair. The occasional broken spoke was a nuisance. The pannier racks broke and we had to have them welded back together, but that is not because of the bike. We wore out the brake pads, had to replace broken cables - normal maintenance stuff. The Brooks saddle took forever to break in, but from that point on it was my best friend.
Net - I think you would be well served with either bike, but am partial to the P-series. I wish you good luck!