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2 bikes, which one to get?

Old 07-13-15, 06:00 AM
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2 bikes, which one to get?

Hello there, first post, first question.

I'd like to get one of the following two bikes but I have absolutely no idea about any of them. (Well, being honest, I don't know much about vintage bikes in general).

http://s9.postimg.org/icqacm9ku/Peugeot_1.jpg
http://s9.postimg.org/6xtt7zx8f/Merc_1.jpg

What I know is that both have more or less the same price tag, (+/- 150 the Peugeot selling a bit higher but the price is negotiable) which is probably overpriced by bear in mind that I am based in Berlin and here vintage bikes are way overrated.

Guess you can't say much from those images, unfortunately that's all I have at the moment, hope you could at least make some guesses and tell me which one appears to be worthier.
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Old 07-13-15, 06:26 AM
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The Peugeot is a much better choice for someone who is new to the vintage bicycle world, in my opinion. It will be easier to use and maintain and get parts for.
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Old 07-13-15, 07:16 AM
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The peugeot in my opinion is a very nice looking bike and if it was me i would certainly buy it and as advised above much easier to maintain.
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That's not @wrk101's OA spa in the background is it?

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They both look to be very nice vintage bikes and are reasonably priced. I would agree the Pugeot looks to be a better bike exspecially for someone new to vintage bikes.
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I'm going to say that I like the lugged frames better than the welded/unicrown frames, purely for aesthetics.

So, I'd lean towards the Mercier if I wanted a C&V Project bike. Plus, it is a less common brand.

On the other hand, the Peugeot has some more "modern" features like aero brake levers and side-pull brakes.
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For a rider ... I’d go with the Peugeot also.
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My vote would be for the Peugeot.

It's got a Shimano Ultegra 600 Group on it with dual pivot brakes.

As a rider it's way better than the other bike, based on the Group alone. Shimano Ultegra 600 is early modern components, and you could slap some STI brake lever/shifters (brifters) on it without any trouble. You could also strip the Ultegra Group off the frame, and sell it for more than $150.
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Did my own little share of research and the Peugeot appears to be a '97 Performance 2000.
http://cyclespeugeot.com/files/1997UK.pdf
There's even some little Reynolds in it
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