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Old 11-29-18, 05:54 AM
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Choosing a bike

I am looking for a decent inexpensive road bike to use at the NJ shore. The problem is salt-water in the air that tends to increase corrosion, and a higher possibility of theft, so I would not want to use a top-line bike as a daily beater there. I have a choice between 2 bikes. A mid-80's Peugeot Corbier with Huret derailleurs and stem shifters, steel wheels, and a carbolite frame. It is in just about perfect condition. The other is a late 80's Ross Gran Tour with Shimano stem shifters/derailleurs, alloy rims and a chromoly frame. A moderate amount of scrapes and scratches.

Both fit me OK. I know the Corbier is a bottom-rung Peugeot with lousy derailleurs, but the Ross is not exactly high-end either. Opinions welcomed.


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If the Peugeot's wheels are alloy (I can't tell from the pic) and they both fit, are roughly the same price, and everything works, I'd probably go with the Peugeot. They made some very good bikes at all price ranges.

You can always upgrade components if needed. If it were mine, I'd change a few items right away but you should ride it first.

I'm sure someone here will have a different opinion.
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Old 11-29-18, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
If the Peugeot's wheels are alloy (I can't tell from the pic) and they both fit, are roughly the same price, and everything works, I'd probably go with the Peugeot. They made some very good bikes at all price ranges.

You can always upgrade components if needed. If it were mine, I'd change a few items right away but you should ride it first.

I'm sure someone here will have a different opinion.
I own both of them.

In my market the Ross is worth about $125, the Peugeot about $200.

Peugeot has steel wheels.
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Ross: nice color, not French.
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The steel rims would eventually begin to show signs of rust at the beach (or at the shore, NJ).

I notice that the Ross has a combined top tube and reach that place the hoods about 1.5 - 2.0 cm further out. Can you feel the difference when you ride each of them? That may be the deciding factor.

If I were satisfied with the fit, I'd choose the Ross. Those saddles are pretty low on a somewhat small frame. How tall are you?
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There is a nice Ross 292s signature for sale on South Jersey CL 225.00 seems like a good buy to me. Check it out.
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Both similar level bikes, but the Peugeot would attract more thieves than the Ross, I suspect.....just from the name recognition.
But if you look closely, the Ross has a bunch of nicer details than the French bikes.
I vote for the Ross, this time....
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If it were me, I would swap the rims, putting the alloys on the Peugeot and dump the Ross with steel rims.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
The steel rims would eventually begin to show signs of rust at the beach (or at the shore, NJ).

I notice that the Ross has a combined top tube and reach that place the hoods about 1.5 - 2.0 cm further out. Can you feel the difference when you ride each of them? That may be the deciding factor.

If I were satisfied with the fit, I'd choose the Ross. Those saddles are pretty low on a somewhat small frame. How tall are you?
On my test rides, both were comfortable. I think I would need more time to really see the difference. You are correct - the Ross is 2 cm farther from center of the seat post to handlebars. Yes, I was concerned on the rims rusting. I'm about 5'8".

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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
Both similar level bikes, but the Peugeot would attract more thieves than the Ross, I suspect.....just from the name recognition.
But if you look closely, the Ross has a bunch of nicer details than the French bikes.
I vote for the Ross, this time....
My thoughts exactly, plus the alloy rims are less likely to rust. I have a higher end Peugeot, but this one has a lost of low-end stuff including the rims and derailleurs. Could I swap them over? I guess. But why not just keep the Ross. Everything on it seems sturdy and serviceable. And nobody is going out of their way to steal a Ross.

I greatly appreciate the opinions and ideas from everyone.
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If it were me, I would swap the rims, putting the alloys on the Peugeot and dump the Ross with steel rims.
Concur, admitting bias, because I am delighted with 1970 Peugeot UO-8 beater, which gets most of my utility and transportation miles.
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Voting for the Ross. I might hang on to the Peugeot as the basis for a future project, but not everyone has my wrenching disease.
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I like the Ross myself because of the slightly better components.

Just check to make sure that seat post is not stuck in the seat tube. Sometimes a bottomed out post is an indicator it might be.
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If it were my choice, it wouldn't even be a contest. I would choose the Peugeot. Low end Peugeots ride very well considering their original prices.
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Old 11-29-18, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
I like the Ross myself because of the slightly better components.

Just check to make sure that seat post is not stuck in the seat tube. Sometimes a bottomed out post is an indicator it might be.
Seat post is fine. Thanks.
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The Ross does have alloy handlebars as well, where the Peugeot has steel. Overall I have to say the components on the Ross are a step up. If it wasn't for the makers of the bikes, there would be no discussion, as long as they both rode well.
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Go Ross! its got less to rust on it and if it was sitting next to the pug, someone would steal the pug first as they know they could get more $ for it, even if its not as good a bike. I can't say that a Ross is a a great bike, but I had one and it looked good and rode just fine.

another way to do it is just flip a coin. This forces a decision and at the moment it falls you can tell if the coin has chosen right or wrong-
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Thanks to all. Some great ideas here. Just a fun discussion.

It did take me a long time to figure out when the Ross was produced. Its a 1988. Not that it matters much.
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Are those 2 the ONLYY options you have?
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Are those 2 the ONLYY options you have?
I have a couple of great road/touring bikes, but these are the only 2 I'm considering for this.
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I'd go for the Ross because LUGS.
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