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Old 12-13-16, 08:16 AM
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Another Peugeot ID question

Hi, I'm hoping some of you Peugeot folks could weigh in with an opinion on this bike. I'm wondering what model it is, and if it would be worth putting money into. I'm also wondering about sizing; specifically, would this bike be appropriate for a 5'11 person?

Thanks very much for any info/advice you could offer.
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Old 12-13-16, 08:17 AM
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Old 12-13-16, 09:52 AM
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The decal style indicates early to mid 1970s. You might be able to find a date code on a component that helps you nail down the age. Date codes are fairly common on rims and hubs. My Peugeot's Simplex derailleur had a date code on the inside of its cage, between the two pulleys. The cottered crankset and stamped dropouts indicate a lower-end bike like a UO-8, but the head tube lugs aren't the signature "Aztec" lugs of UO-series bikes. The geometry -- particularly the shorter chain stays -- doesn't match a UO- bike, either.

Peugeot, like many companies, offered different models in different parts of the world. The closest match I can find in U.S. catalogs is a P10. Matches up pretty well, except the brakes. Here's a scan of the P10 from the '74 catalog on bikeboompeugeot.com.

As for size, that frame can't be any bigger than 21". It might be a little on the small side for you. Not perfect, but probably workable with the right stem and saddle/seatpost adjustments. Peugeot's tendency for long top tubes would work in your favor here.
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Old 12-13-16, 10:05 AM
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Model A08, 1972.
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Thanks very much for the info, Juvenal and skydog. Is this considered to be a good bike? How much would you say it's worth, and would it make sense to try to fix it up? Thanks.
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A08 is lowest model road bike with drop bar and ten speeds.

Size looks to be ~52-53cm center-to-top. For someone 5"11" one would normally expect a good frame size to be in the range of 59-61cm center-to-top. If you own bicycle suggest sale. If you do not own bicycle keep looking for one closer to a good size for you.

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Far too small for a 5'11" person of normal body configuration. fixing up old french bikes is certainly doable but there are threading and size issues that can be a challenge. Bikes in current condition $75 or so.
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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Model A08, 1972.
I don't think so. It doesn't have Aztec lugs and the chain stays are too short. Similar in quality level, though, judging by the stamped dropouts.

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For someone 5"11" one would normally expect a good frame size to be in the range of 59-61cm center-to-top.
...and I agree that this bike on the small side for a 5'11" rider, but 59-61 cm seems tall. I'm about 5'10", prefer my bikes a little on the small side, and ride bikes in the 54 cm range. I'd something in the 57-59 range to best fit a 5'11" rider. To each his own, though. I'm sure there are plenty of 5'11" riders out there on big bikes.

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Originally Posted by Shanahan626 View Post
Thanks very much for the info, Juvenal and skydog. Is this considered to be a good bike? How much would you say it's worth, and would it make sense to try to fix it up? Thanks.
Not really. Worth putting maybe $30 into, but that's about it.
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Originally Posted by Shanahan626 View Post
Is this considered to be a good bike?
I'm a sucker for old Peugeots, but to be honest, it's a low-end bike.

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How much would you say it's worth, and would it make sense to try to fix it up? Thanks.
Value can vary a lot depending on where you're at. In a hot bike market, a low-end Peugeot can bring $150 or so. I live in a rural area that's not a cycling mecca, so the same bike could sit on Craigslist for weeks without a buyer at $50.

If fixed up, this bike could make a decent 'round town rider with character, but it wouldn't be a project I'd recommend for a novice unless they're pretty mechanically inclined and really like the bike. For one thing, it's an older French bike and the French used to have their own sizing & threading standards for components. If something needs replacing, you may run into difficulties and/or extra expense to replace things. The bike also has a cottered crankset, which takes some skill, ingenuity, and/or special tools to work on. The bike may have steel rims, which don't provide great braking -- especially in wet conditions. Regardless of quirks and obsolescence, you'd want to do a complete teardown and rebuild because the grease in every last bearing is undoubtably past its shelf life.
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