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Old 07-11-17, 12:49 PM
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70's Peugeot on CL

Can anyone help me identify this model and its value? Based on the head badge it looks like a '71 and Record Du Monde doesn't seem to be an identifier for the model. Is this a gem or a dud?

https://houston.craigslist.org/spo/6193688392.html

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I really like the bike but I'd pass at $160. It's a Peugeot UO 8. It's a fine bike but the rims are steel and the derailleurs which are made out of a plastic known as delrin don't work all that great.

I don't know what kind of bike you are looking for but you are better off finding a bike with alloy wheels.

I've owned 2 UO 8s and I really like them but I'm willing to do the work to get them up and running.
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I'm trying to get some of my family to get into road biking with me so I figured a decent vintage bike would be a good starter. It does not have to win races - mainly casual riding on park trails. I do all of my own work as well.

I've always been a fan of Peugeot's styling so I wouldn't mind getting one to keep for myself and share my other ones with them. What would you say is a fair market price for a large city like Houston?
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It's an early-to-mid 1970s Peugeot UO-8. The slanted ends on the downtube decal supposedly indicate mid-70s, but you may be able to find date codes on the rims or rear derailleur to confirm or disprove. Not that it matters much, since UO-8's were practically the same from year to year.

I'm in agreement with bikemig. I have a '72 UO-8 myself and I like it for riding 'round town, but I replaced a lot of parts: I replaced the steel rims with aluminum ones for better braking. I replaced the cottered crankset with a square taper unit for lighter weight and easier servicing. I replaced the derailleurs because the delrin ones cracked as old delrin tends to do. I replaced the plastic shift levers even though they weren't cracked because they felt flimsy. I replaced the handlebars because the stock ones were uncomfortably narrow. While I was replacing the handlebar, I replaced the Ava "death stem" because of its reputation and because a different stem would allow me to use a handlebar that wasn't French sized. And so on. And during all of these changes and upgrades, I learned that obsolete French sized and threaded parts aren't always easily replaceable.

Bottom line: It's a heavy, entry level road bike, possibly the most common model ever, with a number of flaws. It has character, though, and makes a comfy (but not sporty) rider. It's overpriced at $160, though. If I really wanted it, I might aim for $100, but I'd be prepared to spend a fair amount on upgrading/replacing parts.

If you're looking for inexpensive vintage road bikes, Japanese bikes from the '80s are also common. They tend to be better constructed, and since they don't use obscure/obsolete French sized & threaded parts, they're much easier to work on and upgrade. Fuji, Centurion, Miyata, Univega, Nishiki, Panasonic, Lotus, Shogun, some Bianchis...

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Ah, maybe it's more trouble than its worth. I don't mind swapping stuff out (at the right price) but I already have two other bikes I'm working on and I'm not ready for a third. Thanks for the feedback!
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I paid $100 for a pristine UE 8 which is a slightly nicer version of the UO 8 (it came with fenders, a generator, and a rack).

I think $100 or under is a reasonable price for the bike. Still at that price, you should look at something with alloy wheels and a cotterless crank. It will be a lot easier to work on in the long run.
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wrt dating - cannot be earlier than '72 because of the NERVAR chrome chainguard and the right angle quick release levers in the hubs.

if you go to view the bike you can get a specific date from the backside of its rear derailleur.
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...and I keep wondering: How the heck is that bottle cage mounted to the top tube? I don't see any clamp bands.
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Maybe double sided tape. Or God forbid, a drilled frame.
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Based on the OP's needs and location I would pass on the Peugeot. If you come up a bit on price to $250 or so there are quit a few nice basically ready to ride mid level or better 80's road bikes for sale. Here's a few examples that may work depending on the exact size gthe OP wants.
https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/6215594820.html
https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/6206971232.html
https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/6210636645.html
https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/6194335892.html
https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/6207178916.html
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