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My first vintage, Peugeot PL 8, 1976

Old 04-30-18, 11:14 AM
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My first vintage, Peugeot PL 8, 1976

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First of, I've been drooling over peugeot bicycles for some time now and finally decided to buy myself one. At first I thought buying 10 series one, probably a cheaper version than PX10. But, soon came to realise that since I'm going to use the bike when it's raining as well and I dont really want to get wet and dirty, I should get randonneur. So, ended up buying Peugeot PL 8. My first vintage. The seller seemed to be decent fella as well who has sold a lot of bikes so I thought the shipping and everything will be fine. Bought the bike off ebay. Luckly it had package tracking, so received few updates about where it might be.
This update tho..

After this I thought thats it, my parcel is into pieces and they extra hired a circus elephant with a leprechaun on top of it to finish the bike off. Went to pick it up and realised there was nothing to be scared about. The parcel looked fine and everything inside also. I think the bike has more or less original parts. Hopefully you can answer some of my questions as well regarding the bike original parts and maintanance. Oh, and bare with me, there's a lot of pictures as I was a bit unsure what should I post and whatnot so I'mma gonna post em all! And please ignore the black dots, my phones camera is a bit broken and couldnt get a replacement fast enough. Anyway, here are the pictures.

Overall it was packed really nicely and tight. There was some white plastic on top of this as well, along with cardboards.


After taking everything out of the box i realised I have to clean my whole appartment since those white particles literally flew EVERYWHERE (well, I was like a kid in a candyshop so it's kinda understandable). Anyway, this is what came out.


Mafac racers, simplex FD RD look in good condition, also shifters.




Those are really toast tho..


I guess it's safe to assume this is the original handlebar? Any way to know if it's still safe to ride? Bottom part of it is rather rusty but overall rather decent. I should definitely replace break cables on this one. But I guess the overall wiring will be fun.

More pictures to follow
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Old 04-30-18, 11:16 AM
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And I think the original stem is the one with bell attached to it I guess?






This came with the package. What's that supposed to be? O.o

Any idea what brakes those might be?

I guess I should open it and give the bike overall full maintenance?


There was a box. Box inside a box. Secret box. I was rather suprised that he packed something extra. Some cool things to remember France inside em Also, caps for hubs. And a book which I didnt include to photos since too many photos.. And a biking shirt. Damn you limits! Anyway:




Anyway, I have a few questions. Paint isnt too bad so wont be repainting. But, I should do a full maintenance I guess. Any tips regarding washing vintage bikes or applying new layers of grease? I prefer to do everything by myself since full maintenance will end up costing me a lot and I want to do it by myself in the future anyway.

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Old 04-30-18, 01:14 PM
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That thing in the middle is a front rack, to be mounted over the front wheel. Nice bike! I commend you for wanting to do all of the maintenance yourself. The biggest piece of advice I always give to new hobbyists is to take your time. You are embarking on a great hobby, and there is a lot to learn about old French bikes to get it right. There is a ton of information on these forums (use Google search for topics + "bikeforums") and on Sheldon Brown's website (Sheldon Brown-Bicycle Technical Information). Good luck!
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Nice project. I'm curious about the decal at the top of the seat-tube, does it say "Inoxydable" ? I recently picked up a '74 PX8L, and it's a good bike. Most of the similar ones I see from France or Germany were PX-xx models.
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Thanks for the great words! Luckly my lady is out of town so the bike will stay dismantled all over my appartment. Thinking about getting Big Blue Book or Zinn & the Art of Road BIke Maintenance for some guidelines. But, the top tube decal is cadre allegre one. Wish the bike was inoxydable tho But yea, the fork ends are non-chromed so this should be pl8 and decals suggest 76.
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I've always wanted one of those factory fendered Peugeots- nice score.
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Nice Soubitez taillight on the left. I have a couple of those. Wingnuts! Those Weinmann sidepulls are a decade newer than the bike and work well but are not fancy. Peugeot logo bell is really cool Nice little bike overall.
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I guess i've narrowed down what i should do. Judging from the BB, i should do full cleaning on it, strip it to as many parts as possible and wash all the old oil down. Do complete overhaul on BB and headset, get new kool stop brake pads, change brake and shifting cables and get new tubular tyres.. By the way, any suggestions what I tyres i should get? Also derusting the stem.. didnt think theres that much to do Wiring of that dynamo will be fun as i have no experience with it what-so-ever.
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Originally Posted by sacrephies View Post
and get new tubular tyres.. By the way, any suggestions what I tyres i should get?
You won't want to get tubular tires, since what's on there are clinchers. These are good ones, in 32c width.
https://harriscyclery.net/product/pa...-bead-1730.htm
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Originally Posted by sacrephies View Post
I guess i've narrowed down what i should do. Judging from the BB, i should do full cleaning on it, strip it to as many parts as possible and wash all the old oil down. Do complete overhaul on BB and headset, get new kool stop brake pads, change brake and shifting cables and get new tubular tyres.. By the way, any suggestions what I tyres i should get?
If you plan to ride the bike in wet weather, it would be a good idea to get a new set of wheels with aluminum rims. The steel rims don’t stop well when wet. The bike also will be much more pleasurable to ride with the lighter rims. As for tires, the Paselas that jj1091 recommended are good for the cost.

These old “Cadre allége” (“light frame”) Peugeots may have been lower end but are very nice to ride. You will love it when you get it on the road.
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Originally Posted by jj1091 View Post
You won't want to get tubular tires, since what's on there are clinchers. These are good ones, in 32c width.
https://harriscyclery.net/product/pa...-bead-1730.htm
Took me half of today studying about tubulars only to stumble upon an info proschure or something, that rigida rims are clinchers. Should have asked here. But im sure the info i learned today wont fall off. Thanks for the info, will look into the tyres soon enough


I do have some question about making it look pretty.
1) Is it safe to wash it with regular fairy and water? Or should i use something fancier? Also, what would get BB and all the other greasy parts more or less clean?
2) I'll try to take pictures of both stems tomorrow, but which of em should be the original one?
3) Does mafac levers fit nowadays shimano brake cables? At first inspection the gear switch cables seemed to be ok.
4) before dismantling it into million pieces, anything I should know about french bikes?
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I use Simple Green to clean bikes, but I have found that plain dishwashing soap also gets thick grease off pretty well.

The correct stem for that bike is probably the square one with the bell.

The modern brake and shift cables and cable housings from Shimano and Jagwire fit on old Peugeots. Make sure you do not lose any of the ferrules that came with the bike!

As for old French bikes, they used unique standards for some parts. The bottom bracket shell on yours used French threading, and the handlebar stem has a 22 mm diameter as opposed to the 22.2 mm diameter non-French bikes used. Your rear hub likely has French threads as well, so will need a French-threaded freewheel. None of these differences will cause you trouble; you just need to be aware of them.
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Really cool bike! Glad the packaging turned out ok. My favorite part has to be the bell. Looking forward to seeing your progress. Of all my bikes which range from a 20 inch Schwinn scrambler to a mix of go fast 80s bikes, it's my ou-8 that I pull out of the shed for Sunday morning rides.
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Really cool bike! Glad the packaging turned out ok. My favorite part has to be the bell. Looking forward to seeing your progress. Of all my bikes which range from a 20 inch Schwinn scrambler to a mix of go fast 80s bikes, it's my ou-8 that I pull out of the shed for Sunday morning rides.
There's something to them which makes us wanna ride em Cant wait to saddle mine for the first time. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be driving around for the whole day!


So far I managed to strip down most of the bike. I'm pretty sure it was a good idea to to complete overhaul on everything. I guess I'm at 5% done at the bike.
Headset bearings gave me rather decent idea how much I have to do.



Cottered crank is rather rusty and stuck. Got one of the cotters out with WD40, waiting, WD40, waiting, hammer, WD40, waiting. But the other one is really stuck (and well, I kinda messed up the cotter itself) so have to drill it out. Decided not to do the sin of powder coating a beautiful frame. It is as it's supposed to be right now. But, any way to prevent it from rusting? There isnt much rust at the moment, prefer to keep it that way. How and should I do some fixing on the painting, as in somehow fill in the spots that have peeled off?

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