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Fun week - 3 projects. 75? Peugeot UO-8? 81? Puch Pacifica 8? Univega Nuevo Sport

Old 02-12-15, 02:10 PM
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Fun week - 3 projects. 75? Peugeot UO-8? 81? Puch Pacifica 8? Univega Nuevo Sport

I am still new at this whole vintage steel collecting, but I am learning and having a great time. Bikes just kind of "showed up" this week. All 3 are projects and will require a whole bunch of cleaning and polishing and lubing, new tires, etc.

I plan to keep the Peugeot and probably the Puch. The Univega is too small for me so it will eventually find a new home.

While I know "value" is subjective and regional, I am interested in your thoughts/experience about value as well as any other information you might offer about identifying the years/models/etc.

The rear rim on the Peugeot is not original, but fortunately, I have the correct rear wheel already in my "parts bin".
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New to this pastime? Take the parts off the Univega and put them on the Puch, then sell the Peugeot complete and Univega frame set.

1970s UO8 is full of unique part sizing and has the dreaded plastic Simplex derailleurs. Univega is the best of the bunch, but since the size does not work for you, use it as a donor bike. Most of its parts should fit the Puch fine.

Last UO8 I had (last year) was a white one as well. Someone had upgraded the derailleurs to Suntour ARX. I reused the Suntour derailleurs and levers on a Trek 520 I was rebuilding, Simplex QR levers went to a new home via ebay, and the rest of the bike went to the co-op.

My last new bike I bought in college, it was a very similar 1974 Peugeot UO8 (orange one). Back then, it was a decent entry level bike and the oddball French parts were not a problem as they were readily available. Bikes improved quite a bit through the 1970s and into the 1980s, so the Univega, although close to entry level as well, is a much better bike: frame quality, components, etc. While I love vintage bikes and have a lot of them, the mid 1970s was the start of the influx of higher quality Japanese bikes. This continued until most mfrs moved to Taiwan in the late 1980s.
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With 12 bikes already, Alex is going for N+2.

It looks like the Puch has Suntour running gear, I would keep that intact, along with the U-08.

Those gold rims on the Univega are cool!

The tiny Univega I would suggest you convert with touring handlebars, appropriate brake levers to make the frame more female friendly. I would normally suggest stem or thumb shifters, but you have ARX top mount shifters, so there are no guides to run the shifter cables up to the handlebars unless you put a clamp on cable guide.

Alternatively, don't change the bars, but make the bike as tastefully eye catching as possible with new Kansas City Royals Blue coordinated tires, tape, cable housing, hoods and saddle.
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I don't know much about the other 2, but your UO-8 appears to be a '75. I've got a '75 PX-50 and other than the general dating info you'll get from sites like Cyclespeugeot.com, which narrows yours to a '74-'76, you'll find little to pin it down. On my assumed-original Normandy hubs there's a "75" stamping, nothing else on the bike gives me a date-code. Comparisons to photos of other bikes out there showed that mine had a slight variant to the Simplex Prestige derailleur, and I only saw the one like mine on 2 bikes, and both were advertised as '75's, both pristine and complete, and both were badged as French-market bikes.

I'd give yours a value, as-is, of about $150-175, since it has an older period saddle on it. If it's an Ideale saddle, you could get more for the saddle than the bike. What make is it?
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Sexy-upSexy-up that nouvo sport and either sell or give it to a female friend to show off. I added nos aero levers and a stunning VO compact crank to one and a female friend now rides it as her go fast cool bike. An old MTB with flower bags is her grocery bike.

It will work for touring but lacks all the mount point do-dads

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