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Old 09-07-10, 10:51 AM
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An introduction and a request for help!

Seeing as this is my first post here, I figure I should introduce myself a bit. My name is Matt and I've always been interested in buying and riding a road bike but never actually bought one. I'm a college freshman and I figured now would be the best time to get one seeing as I'm at a large campus.

Next Saturday is a campus bike sale where they auction/sell bikes that were impounded/left behind in years past and never claimed. I think this is my best bet as far as getting an old, inexpensive road bike to use as a beater to get around campus.

I was browsing through craigslist and found an old Peugeot bike that's definitely seen better days. I know Peugeot bikes are generally thought of as good bikes and wanted some opinions from people who know a lot more than I do. Here's the link to the bike:

https://bloomington.craigslist.org/bik/1931489810.html

I know it's in pretty bad shape and would definitely need a tune up, but I wanted to know if you guys think it's worth it to go through the overhaul process.

Thanks!
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Needs more than a tuneup. That looks like a mid 1970s UO8. People like them, although they were really close to entry level back then, and they have some unique french sizing.

Note, this bike should have no problems selling at that price.

Two factors:

1. What do you want to do with it? If you want to convert the crankset to something more modern, the french bottom bracket is going to cost you some $$, 2X to 3X standard sized parts. Several negatives on entry level bikes from that era: steel rims, steel cottered crank are two of them, and in your case, add unique french sizing.

2. Do you have the tools/aptitude/time/parks/knowledge to do the work yourself? Paying someone to do the work will put you upside down value wise.

If you just want a beater to get around campus, I would look for a rigid frame MTB from the 1990s. Standardized parts, better components, designed for fenders and racks, and can be found cheap.

Myself, I would try to find a bike with standard part sizing, typically one of the Japanese bikes from the 1980s. Lots of them out there.

If you want a fixie or SS, I would just get a new one from Nashbar or Bikes Direct. Nashbar had one on sale over the weekend for under $200, that's cheap. Even though the Peugeot above is only $50, you can easily spend $200 or more getting it road worthy.

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Old 09-07-10, 03:18 PM
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Thanks for the helpful response. I'm not looking for a fixie or anything along those lines. You said you would recommend a rigid frame MTB or Japanese bike. What does MTB stand for? I read somewhere (it could've been the archives here) that as far as brands go, anything that ends in a vowel will generally be a good bike as it's probably Italian or Japanese. Are there any specific brands that would good/brands to avoid? Is there any sort of "buyer's guide for dummies" for buying old street bikes? I'm not sure if this bike sale will be an auction or a "normal" sale so I'm hoping to have as much knowledge as possible before Saturday morning.

I don't know much about bike maintenance so I'm hoping to get a bike that will require as little maintenance as possible, maybe just a tune up or something along those lines. Thanks a lot guys.
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I'd suggest some 60's and 70's Schwinns. Maybe some very eary 80's too. Only bad thing is the tire sizes are unique and will need to be ordered. They tend to be a bit heavy too. Tires are not usually any worse cost wise, at least around here, than same size from standard bike. Now a days I have to go to the bikeshop either way. The positive is that they are usually built to last. Despite being heavy, still pretty efficient.


If you do find a bike make sure your other investment is a good lock or two.
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Is there a certain lock that a lot of guys here tend to use? I see a pretty even mix of locks with cables and the rigid U-locks around campus.
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Make sure it has a straight key and not a circle key. The circle key locks can be opened with a bic pen.

+1 for a late 70's schwinn, the stock gt450 dérailleur on my 77 schwinn was for a 5 speed, and I am running a 7 speed cassette on it with no problems! top notch in my book.
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Originally Posted by orchestrion View Post

I don't know much about bike maintenance so I'm hoping to get a bike that will require as little maintenance as possible, maybe just a tune up or something along those lines. Thanks a lot guys.
Well, then that bike in your original posting is a non starter. Most older bikes are projects (need work). Owners typically do not maintain their bikes, and eventually sell them, or donate them off.

MTB = mountain bike. They make a good commuter/around campus rider, have standard sized parts, you can find them around here ready to ride for $100 to $150. Vowel bikes are great, but the Italian stuff is out of your price range. And I have had a lot of great bikes that did not end in a vowel, some Japanese like Lotus and Panasonic. US bikes like Trek, Cannondale and some Schwinns, etc. Look for a bike shop sticker on the frame, thats an indicator it was something decent. But if you don't want a project, either find a flipper in your area you can trust (someone that refurbishes bikes), or buy something newer.
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MTB = mountain bike.

+1 get a mountain bike... or at least not a bike with drop bars. I doubt it would be comfortable for you as a get around campus bike.

Since you just want to get around campus and have a pretty low budget (assuming you want to stay around $50) I wouldn't worry about brands. Anything from the 70's - 90's that doesn't need more than a tune up should be good for you. That being said the only brands I can think of you may want to avoid are the big box store brands such as next, murray, huffey, ect... but for getting around campus I think they would work fine. Especially if you can get it really cheap.

Also if you don't like something on the bike (seat, handlebars, ect....) I would suggest not getting that bike. When you start switching out parts the $$ adds up fast.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Well, then that bike in your original posting is a non starter. Most older bikes are projects (need work). Owners typically do not maintain their bikes, and eventually sell them, or donate them off.

MTB = mountain bike. They make a good commuter/around campus rider, have standard sized parts, you can find them around here ready to ride for $100 to $150. Vowel bikes are great, but the Italian stuff is out of your price range. And I have had a lot of great bikes that did not end in a vowel, some Japanese like Lotus and Panasonic. US bikes like Trek, Cannondale and some Schwinns, etc. Look for a bike shop sticker on the frame, thats an indicator it was something decent. But if you don't want a project, either find a flipper in your area you can trust (someone that refurbishes bikes), or buy something newer.
Thanks for the info. On campus there's a garage where the workers volunteer their time to fix bikes that were donated which they sell for pretty cheap...I might check there.
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