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Biking Newbie Needs Help!--Peugeot 21"

Old 10-01-13, 07:28 PM
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Biking Newbie Needs Help!--Peugeot 21"

Hi All,
Though I bike, I am by no means an expert. I'm looking for a decent used/vintage road/commuter bike to get me to work and home and run errands on in the city. Since I have no idea what I should be looking for or if I'd be getting ripped off, I thought I'd bring it to you. I am 5'4" female and have been using a hybrid for general riding, but I really want something built more for road biking and commuting. I found a Peugeot bike for sale for $240. Please let me know your insights ASAP. Thank you so much!

Here is the craiglist descriptions and pictures:
Lady's PEUGEOT bike...many bike enthusiast's believe the PEUGEOT brand is top of the line.. especially a bike like this from yrs past via the old time quality. Rides and looks like a new bike.

--Bike was completely cleaned, lubed and tuned. Showed near no wear in the bearings etc. A+++ condition.

--21" frame.. fitting a wide range of rider heights via the step thru frame

--New tires.. good width for the GREEN CIRCLE ride or quiet for road use.

--Higher end aluminum rear carrier rack... over a $60 value installed

--Chain guard to keep pants clean from chain tangles

--Shifts easily with the stem mounted levers.. easy to learn and ride with this 12 speed
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Old 10-01-13, 07:48 PM
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For your purposes not a bad bike but a little high price wise I would only go $180-200 on this one if everying works nice and rides smooth not a bad bike. Very clean looking mixte which is a huge premium in most markets so if your in hotter large market like NY or San Fransico, Vancouver, Seatle the $250 pice may not be out of line if it everying described nice full rebuild and all.
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I'd run a check to see if the rims are steel. A simple magnet will do the trick. Steel rims= 150$ max. Steel rims brake poorly, esp. in the wet.

The seller is running a lot of gloss, which tends to make me nervous. "many bike enthusiast's believe the PEUGEOT brand is top of the line"-- this is a base level Peugeot, nothing special. Knobby tires are not the best for road use. That is also not even close to a 60$ rack, in the wrong direction: https://www.amazon.com/Michelin-Aveni.../dp/B003BE78DY

I smell a seller hoping for an unaware newbie, and this would make me nervous.

Mixtes do command a bit of a premium. I think it is priced high, however.
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Old 10-01-13, 09:54 PM
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In NYC, that mixte is $275-$300, even with chrome rims. I've actually done better. The rest of the world, mid $200's.

Go for it and enjoy!
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I'll bow to wrk and oddjob on the pricing, but with the sort of riding you are describing, alloy rims are infinitely better. At this price point, that would make or break the deal for me.

This seller still makes me nervous; the huckstering and distortions in the text bother me.
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Originally Posted by Poguemahone View Post
I'll bow to wrk and oddjob on the pricing, but with the sort of riding you are describing, alloy rims are infinitely better. At this price point, that would make or break the deal for me.

This seller still makes me nervous; the huckstering and distortions in the text bother me.
The seller may not write copy that informed buyers like, but seems to have some wrenching skills, per the ad below.
https://wausau.craigslist.org/bik/4094081101.html
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
The seller may not write copy that informed buyers like, but seems to have some wrenching skills, per the ad below.
https://wausau.craigslist.org/bik/4094081101.html
I'll grant s/he may have wrench skills, and that ad is a lot better. The one the op posted screams "run away" to me.

In Wisconsin, alloy rims are way better... lived in Beloit too many years.
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At 5'4" a 21" Peugeot mixte may be a little tall for the OP. Otherwise the bike looks good with a price that's suitable for a hot market. I'd be lucky to get $175 for that in Tampa.
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I'm actually just getting rid of Peugeot Mixte-- not because I didn't love it-- I LOVED this bike!! The ride is great-- the look is hard to beat (its a cute bike and people look good on them) My problem was the size-- I'm 5'4 and the one I had was 19'-- too small for a proper ride-- I just had all my seat tube showing--

Good luck with this bike-- you will enjoy it no doubt.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
These kind of bikes sell more for aesthetics and image, and a lot less about quality and performance. Peugeots are one of the brands that bring more $$ than the value would appear. I struggled to sell a Panasonic mixte, with alloy rims and cromoly frame for $140, meanwhile, Peugeot mixtes with cottered crank, steel rims, plastic Simplex derailleurs, etc,
Totally agree. I've restored three Peugeot mixtes (and two men's), and they do attract attention, but I could hardly give away a Centurion mixte I put way too many hours into. People would come by (cl ad) and complain it was too heavy, or the brakes were too loud, or it didn't have adjustable dropouts (what!?). After six months of trying I think I finally let it go for $130 and I ended up throwing in a spare rear wheel with a new freewhell. And I paid $100 for it! Damn. I'm still mad about losing that good freewheel.

I think that's a decent price for a newer/better frame than my mid-70's mixtes. I've got a men's Peageot with that tubeset and it may be my favorite vintage bike. That rack is a ($60!) joke, btw, but I'd go for the bike at that price if it's clean.

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+1 on Peugeot mixtes bringing a premium price, more than (say) a Miyata model that was actually an objectively better bike, esp from the mid to later 80s.

This one does look nice though, condition seems good and the rear derailleur is a Simplex 610, which may be a replacement by the seller (?) or original but in either case a big step up from the ubiquitous delrin Simplexes--and a good sign. I think the guard on the chainrings is a nice touch too, for a commuter bike.

The size might possibly be an issue for the 5' 2" OP, but I suspect not, as women tend to have longer legs vs torso, meaning the seat tube probably won't be a problem. With the North Road style bars, reach probably won't be an issue either. Obviously the only way to be sure is to try it out.

Seller of that bike may be a bit over-enthusiastic but I suspect many of us here who sell bikes from time to time do a good job of pointing out the highlights of our offerings. At the least the seller knows something about bikes and hopefully has done the kind of job preparing this bike that any of us would do.
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