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Old 02-16-15, 09:11 PM   #1
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Follis CL bike

VINTAGE BIKES (FOLLIS& CENTURION)

I can't seem to find any information on this bike and would like to know how it compares to a late 80's Peugeot that I'm currently riding?

I'm looking for something with a lighter gear set and possibly a smoother ride. Any information helps. The price looks great in my opinion but I'm not well versed.
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Old 02-16-15, 09:32 PM   #2
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Can you be more specific than late 80's Peugeot? Compare means we have to have something to compare it to. Send pics!
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It's either an '87 or '88 Peugeot Tourmalet 14 with Shimano shifters... that's about ALL I know. I replaced the tired and tubes since and it looks to have passed through several owners. I'm not sure what's original or not.
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Appears to be entry level, not light. Still available at a low price in a strong market = basic.

Looks 1970s to me, most bikes in the 198os were better.

Shimano gears mean nothing. Go to Walmart, most of their bikes have "Shimano" gears. Shimano makes everything from basic/cheap to top of the line/great. Since you don't know whether parts are original, I would not speculate.

Still, chances are, your Peugeot is a better bike.

What bikes would you reccomend then if I'm looking to replace my current one that I do use as a commuter?
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It's either an '87 or '88 Peugeot Tourmalet 14 with Shimano shifters... that's about ALL I know.
That's more info than we had before... But you can look at the parts on your bike to get valuable information like the model names/numbers on derailleurs, for example.

Knowing the age of your bike and what came stock on the Tourmalet, it's a pretty safe bet your Peugeot is nicer than the Follis on Craigslist. The Peugeot is going to be a lighter bike with a nicer drivetrain. Better parts availability, too. And more serviceable since it doesn't have a cottered crankset like the older Follis.
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That's more info than we had before... But you can look at the parts on your bike to get valuable information like the model names/numbers on derailleurs, for example.

Knowing the age of your bike and what came stock on the Tourmalet, it's a pretty safe bet your Peugeot is nicer than the Follis on Craigslist. The Peugeot is going to be a lighter bike with a nicer drivetrain. Better parts availability, too. And more serviceable since it doesn't have a cottered crankset like the older Follis.
My deraileurs and etc say Shimano FD- Z202 behind the deraileurs, Shimano Light Action (8L-8484), Shimano M5. Brakes say Dia-Compe (D500) and (5M 86). I can't see any visible model #s on anything except the ones I listed. & it acutally says 12 speed on it's decal but I'm pretty sure it's a 14 speed.

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What bikes would you reccomend then if I'm looking to replace my current one that I do use as a commuter?
What are you looking to improve? You mentioned "lighter gear set" and "smoother ride", which you may be able to address on your Peugeot.

If you want to lower your gearing for easier climbing, there are two routes you can take: You can replace the freewheel on the rear wheel with one that has a larger low gear, or you can use a smaller chainring on your crankset up front (which may mean replacing the crankset). Both options have potential consequences with other parts, so it's important to know more about the particular components on your bike. If we're lucky, we could simply change the freewheel to one that has a larger big cog (about $10-20). If we're unlucky, you'd need a new derailleur to accommodate that bigger gear (another $20). Count the teeth on your current biggest gear and let us know what model rear derailleur you have, and we can go from there.

As for smoother ride, the easiest way to accomplish that on just about any road bike is to use bigger tires at lower pressure. What size are your tires? Stock on an '87 Tourmalet would be 700c x 23, which are nominally 23 mm wide. You may be able to trade up to 700c x 25, or better yet 700c x 28 if your frame and fork have enough clearance for bigger tires. Panaracer Pasela tires are inexpensive (less than $20 each), ride well, and are readily available.
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There's 51 teeth in my biggest gear.
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There's 51 teeth in my biggest gear.
There should be 52 on your crankset's big chainring, but we need to know the number of teeth on the freewheel's biggest cog. On the rear wheel.
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What bikes would you reccomend then if I'm looking to replace my current one that I do use as a commuter?
Can we see pics of your current bike? Sounds like it's a pretty good commuter already. Maybe with a little maintenance and a few changes it could be better.
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