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Old 11-19-23, 07:27 PM
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Peugeot Competition??

Hi group !

Found an ad for this Peugeot "Competition" with original Simplex gears (pictures in my gallery). Seller is asking for 200USD. Do you think its worth It?

Pictures are not great, but im pretty sure I see the Reynolds 531 decal on the main frame (over gear levers). I found it similar to the PKN10E but the cranksets ive seen on that model dont match.

I am a sporadic rider, I own a single speed and I'm looking for a decent (not so expensive) geared Bike.

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I just bought this exact bike a few months ago in the next larger size. It is a very decent bike. The main triangle is 531 but the stays and fork are not - pretty standard for a mid-range bike of the time period and comparable to the Trek 600 range. The Simplex derailleurs worked better than I expected.

I bought it because I wanted to try a 650B conversion - it has dimples in exactly the right place for fat 650B tires. It worked, but the wheels I was using were a little weird and I have too many bikes, so I put the original wheels back on and took it to the Tucson bike swap. It is in very nice condition and had a sweet Brooks saddle on it. It did not sell marked at $300. Which is a long-winded way of saying that $200 might be a fair price if it is in great shape, but it is not a steal. I can't tell much about condition from the low-res pictures.

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Dear albrt,

Thanks for taking your time to reply and share your experience.

I think It might be an good Bike for what Im looking for, but not much more can be analyzed with these pictures.

I guess I'll wait for sellers answer on the frame size and decide if I want to go and see It in person. Im about 1,80cm tall and should'nt invest on anything smaller than 56cm.

Asking price is 200 USD but I think I could get It for 150 - 180 if I wanted to.

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...the Competition (3 main tubes 531) and the Super Competition (full 531)from this era are pretty good bikes. If you like what they represent, which is a tighter geometry than their previous decade of ancestry, a little quicker handling, and prettier paint schemes. The components vary a little over the years, but mostly they are a giant step forward from the Simplex Delrin era. Overall, I would describe the ride as "lively". I have several of them, as well as a couple of the earlier PX-10's. They were bargain priced when new, for what they are.

As above, I can't see a whole lot of detail on your proposed purchase. I do note the saddle seems iffy (might be a padded saddle cover ?). And whoever is selling it seems not to care enough about it to tape the bar.

Those are some caution signs, that might or might not reflect poorly on the rest of the mechanical condition. If everything works well, and the wheels are good, I would pay $200 for one. Usually, everything on something like this does not work well. Bar tape is cheap, and so is grease. Try to get a good idea of anything that might require replacement when you inspect it. I always expect to completely disassemble, service, and reassemble any used bike I buy for my own use. Not sure you are similar in your approach, because that all takes time and effort.

There is a point in time when these depart from the original Simplex dropouts, which makes rear derailleur replacement easier. I can't tell which side of that point yours is on, but if the rear works well, it's not an issue.

EDIT: note the wheels are newer replacements. They might be great, high quality replacements, or they might not be. So you should check that aspect.

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This one looks to be 22inch 56cm with a fairly short wheelbase top line so likely a bit small for the OP. $200 seems a bit high considering condition looks to need a full overhaul with tires cables chain brake pads seat and the wheels look a bit iffy none original don't really go with the bike. I would say $150 or so if it fits and it is a bike you want specifically.
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