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Old 06-03-13, 11:34 PM
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Peugeot 103 carbon lite purchase

Hi guys I'm new to this site but I wanted to get some info if anyone here could help.
I recently just got into road bikes and I just bought an older peugeot my guess is mid 70's 103 carbon lite bike weinmann brake levers and peugeot front & rear brakes & derailers
Pics to come soon
It's going to need some brake adjustments the rear wheel needs to be trued needs new bar tape and seat. And a good cleaning but other than that it rides great shifts excellent and I thing I got a fair price $150.00 does anyone here know a little more abut this bike and if I did good or overpay? Thanks
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Old 06-04-13, 12:18 AM
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Carbolite is not a model name. That is the name of the tubing used on lower end 1970s Peugeots. There were several models, such as the UO8. Hopefully your drivetrain is in good condition, since these bikes used French threading which is not compatible with modern reasonably priced Asian components. Obviously, if the bearings on this bike haven't been overhauled in years (or decades), that would be a real good idea right now.
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Hello Candominion and welcome to the Bike Forums.

There are French Peugeots and non-French Peugeots. Which do you have? Pictures are very important, when seeking "how much is it worth" information. In fact, you have not supplied nearly enough information for anyone here to accurately determine value. Determining Vintage Bicycle Value is a tricky business and, without knowing where you are, how big the bike is, and other things, it is impossible to determine value.
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As stated, prices vary substantially, depending on location and condition, so we'll need pictures (drive side please) and your location. However, I can tell you right now that it is 1982-1985, as those were the only years for Carbolite tubing. Prior to that it was called Peugeot 103 and in 1985 it was superceded by HLE, though a couple of Carbolite models remained in the line that year.

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Old 06-04-13, 10:51 AM
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Old 06-04-13, 11:59 AM
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any suggestions for using this bike for road biking? what would you do?
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Well, things are not adding up. The basic configuration of steel rims, steel cottered crankset, centre pull brakes, Simplex piston front derailleur, stem shifters stamped dropouts, lugs and 1/2 chrome fork suggest a late 1970s U08. But a lugged frame should not have a Carbolite decal and those decals postdate the late 1970s. What's the serial number? We also still need your location for an accurate appraisal.
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Originally Posted by Dandominon View Post
any suggestions for using this bike for road biking? what would you do?
1. Replace Simplex. Front derailleur with SunTour equivalent (numerous on ebay)
1a. Replace shifters with SunTour ratchet type. Replace derailleur cables.
2. Remove brake safety levers; pop out pivot pins, trim flush with rotary tool cutting wheel, reinstall. Add Cane Creek replacement brown rubber hoods.
3. Replace brake cabling with lined housing, drawn stainless inners. Add koolstop continental pads (slamon).
4. Check tires for wear/age. Replace w/CST HPs in 1 1/8" width.
5. Adjust saddle height. Ride for fit. Adjust.
6. Tape handlebars, black synthetic cork
7. Clean and lubricate chain and rear deraileur. Lubricate freewheel
7a. Have bike shop repack hub bearings and bottom bracket. True rims.
8. Ride.

You asked what I would do if I were you. ~$105 in parts if you're economical. Shop charges for 7a may be ~$55 or so.

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I, too, have never seen a 'Carbolite' bike with a lugged frame - only TIG welded. Therefore I conclude your bike is extremely rare and valuable!

Or just an oddity. Something that didn't sell very well in its time. The crank is low-end stuff, yada yada. If it really "rides great shifts excellent" then it's not a bad bike for what you paid, especially if it fits and makes you want to ride more. In that case, don't change a thing, unless the tires look like they are getting cracks in them.

Go kill some hills on that thing.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
I, too, have never seen a 'Carbolite' bike with a lugged frame - only TIG welded.
This 1982 Peugeot flyer explains Carbolite 103 frames with tubing joints that are "internally brazed", not TIG-welded. The joints do have the appearance of TIG welding.

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New Tape and lubed chain, rear deraileur & freewheel. Serial number pic comming

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Why is the seatpost slammed (all the way down)? If that is the correct seat height for you, then the bike is far too LARGE [corrected] for you and you can't even stand over it comfortably. Otherwise, raise the seat to correct height meaning full leg extension. Hopefully the seatpost is not stuck in the frame.

You overpaid a bit, assuming you are in an average-priced market in the US. But no matter, it will be a nice-riding bike when fixed up.

The reason people are asking for your location is that 1) it influences value and 2) it helps identify the model and year.

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Old 06-08-13, 09:01 AM
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I think JYL meant too large for you.
The bike is the correct size - the OP is too small.
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I think JYL meant too large for you.
Duh, yes, thanks for catching.
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Old 06-10-13, 03:11 PM
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thats what on the bottom of the bike
there is also a series of numbers along the side of the rear of the frame by the rear wheel.

The seat hasnt been adjusted yet for me...
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