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Grabbed a Peugeot U08 last night

Old 06-20-19, 11:30 AM
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Grabbed a Peugeot U08 last night

Hey everyone,

I got my first U08 yesterday evening. I'll try to get some pics up soon. Paid $40 for it. It's not in perfect shape, though the bones appear good. It has an ATAX stem hopefully of the non-death variety, Normandy hubs, the original crankset, original downtube shifters, original pedals, and Mafac Racer centerpull brakes. The saddle appears to be a replacement and the RD is an older cheap Shimano variant. At some point, someone put a set of Japanese made chrome-steel wheels on it. The brake half-hoods are in decrepit shape, but it appears Velo-Orange sells a set of replacements. I'm also thinking about putting a Simplex RD on it and am trying to decide between a long cage or short cage.

The biggest downside is that it's spotted with surface rust to the point that it wouldn't be practical to try and touch it up. It's yellow, and all the decals are present. What clued me in that it's a U08 is the gold decal that mentions the special Peugeot tubing. The serial number that would be on the bottom bracket is missing, so I'm having to guess about its age. The headstock badge is clear plastic over a gold lion. Because of that and the Mafac brakes, I would guess that it comes from 1975 or 1976. I don't mind riding it kind of dingy as it might attract less attention from thieves. I just hate that all the original decals appear to be there with some patina, and to get the paint to looks its best might require having to remove them as part of the surface prep.

Another problem is that one of the three bolts that holds the chainrings onto the crank is missing. Does anyone know where I can find a replacement?

I thought about flipping it, but between its dingy appearance and reputation for good ride quality, I may just fix it for an occasional rider and flip my Schwinn Continental instead. The local university is pretty bike-friendly, so there could be a market for it there.

Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome. I'll get some pics up soon.
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Old 06-20-19, 12:20 PM
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I would flip the Continental and keep the Peugeot. A bit of rubbing compound may do wonders on the paint; I haven't seen many yellow UO-8s.
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Having owned a Varsity and two UO-8s, I strongly recommend dumping the Conti and keeping the Peugeot, or just keeping both, if you can.

The UO-8 is arguably one of the best entry level cheapo 10-speeds ever sold in the U.S. Mine is the lowliest steed in my stable, but it probably gets the most use, because it is so great as a commuter/beater/shopper. I have a period-correct cylindrical Bellwether handlebar bag, and a period-correct mousetrap Pletscher rack, on which I have hung a pair of one-off? prototype? Rudy Project panniers. I bought mine as a bare frame when I worked at a Peugeot-Nishiki dealership, so it has always had a SunTour rear derailleur, Shimano front derailleur, aluminum rims, and aluminum cranks. Rear brake is a Peugeot-labeled Weinmann; front is a Mafac racer; brake levers are Weinmann, because they fit my hands.
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Old 06-20-19, 06:59 PM
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Some pics







Notice that the bolt at the bottom is missing. Any idea where to source a replacement?
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No contest. Bye, bye Continental.

Unless the Schwinn has an aluminum rim upgrade. In which case, swap wheels.

Then, bye bye Continental. Unless you have a boat in need of an anchor.

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Old 06-20-19, 07:08 PM
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The paint doesn't look bad from here... some revitalizing car wax should go a long way to revitalize the paint, and if you need a bit more "bite", some cautious efforts with some rubbing compound (which will have some fine abrasive to quicken the polishing out of any mars, scratches, etc.).
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Hey, nice bike!

Keep an eye out on ebay and craigslist for either spare cranks, or donor bikes if you want a replacement chainring bolt.

I actually like Schwinn Continentals, but I would keep the Peugeot over one. I think they ride nicer.

As far as paint chips and rust, mine had (and still has) plenty of blemishes. Because it is my utility bike, I don't really mind. You can touch up with Testors enamel, or just remove the rust and rub with boiled linseed oil. Here's mine:

I painted the lugs black, added various upgrades, and now have a bike that rides a lot better than it should.
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Nice looking pug. The fun part of a new c&v bike is the clean up. In the midst of a sell-off, I sold my orange ou-8. ( keeping three continentals). I did keep the mafac brakes though. They are really good brakes and they look cool. Looking forward to the clean up pics
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wrt missing bolt:

Mel Pinto Imports (MPI) in Virginia is very good for french small parts

the bicycle's seat binder has been munged - original was an ALGI - available from Mel IIRC


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My advice is don't do much to that bike except replacing the missing chainring bolt. It's fine as it is. Learn to live with the paint. It shows its age and wisdom.

Riding it for a couple of weeks will clarify what else is worth doing.

If, after a few months of riding it, you want to improve the ride or wet weather braking, put on some wheels with aluminum rims. But honestly, a change of tires works better at improving the ride and is cheaper.
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I really like that yellow. I think UO-8 in yellow is a rarer find. I usually see black, red, and occasionally green, white, or purple.

Echoing others in the thread, I've found an AO-8 for my commuter needs and general utility cycling since these '70s Peugeots are great riders but also durable and common enough that I'm not going to put it on a pedestal. I'm installing a four speed sturmey hub in a new aluminum wheel build for my bike to shed some of the weight, but I'm retaining the cottered crank since I have a cotter press and I like the look.

I like the colour and decal scheme of these bicycles. Cool find.
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Here’s a pic of my orange one. I changed the crank and wheels and added foam grips. Road awesome, even with a dent in the top tube covered up with yellow electrical tape.
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I would spot treat the rust with either naval jelly or oxalic acid -being careful with both and then use rubbing compound and wax and Bob's your uncle. I had a string of 70s pugs go through my hands and the only Yellow one was actually an AO-8, a rung below the UO-8 if you can believe that, had the nicest paint, decals and saddle of any old Pug I ever refurbed. Have fun OP

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You want a pleasant surprise? If you've got (or just have access to) a set up decent sew-up wheels, replace the wheels you've got - but leave the rest of the bike alone (ok, try and find a clean Simplex Prestige RD). You're going to be floored with how that bike performs, even keeping the stock crank, etc.

While it's a given that upgrading the wheels is always desirable to a bike, the UO-8 not only responds to upgrading, but I swear it responds proportionally to the degree of upgrading it gets. The years I had mine, I rode it most of the time with a setup of sew-up rims on Normandy hubs, and damn, that was a bike I could have raced in the amateur classes back in the 70's. Sort of made it an equivalent to the Gitane Interclub, but classier.
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The UO8/UE8 (touring variant) ride really well.
I really liked how my UE8 rode after swapping out the wheels. I could spend all day on it if I had a better saddle. Like others have said, the degree to how it rides is proportional to how you upgrade it.

(Older picture. Before the feedback comes in, I already changed a lot of the "concerning" things. )
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I really like that yellow. I think UO-8 in yellow is a rarer find. I usually see black, red, and occasionally green, white, or purple.

I like the colour and decal scheme of these bicycles. Cool find.
My experience on the popularity of the colors of U0-8's are in this order: 1) white, 2) white, 3) again white [white ones show up at least 3 to 1 over any of the other colors] , 4) bright blue, 5) red, 6) orange (close to red). The rarer colors are green and purple. I've never seen a "champagne" one in real life, only pictures. It's been well established that the purple ones are the fastest...
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Originally Posted by uncle uncle View Post
My experience on the popularity of the colors of U0-8's are in this order: 1) white, 2) white, 3) again white [white ones show up at least 3 to 1 over any of the other colors] , 4) bright blue, 5) red, 6) orange (close to red). The rarer colors are green and purple. I've never seen a "champagne" one in real life, only pictures. It's been well established that the purple ones are the fastest...
Black is also rare ran across only one of those, love the French blue and had fun building up a White one with red cable housing and red walled tires,
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Here's my green U08. I agree with everyone that they ride nice. Mine is a little tall for me but very comfortable while riding it.
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Black is also rare ran across only one of those, love the French blue and had fun building up a White one with red cable housing and red walled tires,
Yeah, I've never ran across a black one either... fairly certain that someone sold Peugeots in town (circa 1970's) because there is a steady stream of them on Clist. But some colors rarely make an appearance.
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