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Canadian Peugeot Mystery

Old 05-01-21, 06:23 PM
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Canadian Peugeot Mystery

The backstory of this bicycle intrigues me. The seller had little to share - he bought it for his girlfriend from an 'old bike guy'. It appears to be a step-through Canadian-built Peugeot Course PBL12* (the star is present on the frame next to the model code). Peugeot stem, ATAX handlebar, SR Leprade seatpost, Maillard hub in the front build into a nice quality alloy wheel. The rear is an unknown hub built into a replacement Alex wheel. If she likes it enough to keep long term, I'll replace the rear with whatever the front is and re-French the bike since the cassette is worn out anyway. My wife has been scouring local classifieds for a suitable bike to replace her 1956 Raleigh Sports. The Sports, while really quite nice, doesn't fit the kind of riding that she would like to join in on. So, in rolls this lighter, more versatile, mint greenier Peugeot. The colour caught her eye, and I thought that Carbolite 103 tubing would suit her needs. That's when the componentry caught my eye, as you'll see. I'm thinking white cotton bar tape and some levers that she can fit her hands around. Those Tektros on there now are big'uns.

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Carbolite 103 tubing, right for the early '80s.

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Suntour Cyclone and Simplex dropouts - curious.

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Sugino crank and Peugeot branded front derailleur. Perhaps 'old bike guy' had a Suntour Cyclone just sitting around? My wife pointed out that I have one or two Suntour derailleurs sitting around. Point taken.

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The 'chrome' socks are foil:
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Weinmann side-pulls, with a quick release. Anyone ever used these brakes? They seem well-made.
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All in all, I'm pretty excited for her. I think she will enjoy the bike once its cleaned up a little. Anyone come across one of these Canadian PBL12*s?
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Probably built by Procycle in Quebec province.
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Originally Posted by Ged117 View Post

Weinmann side-pulls, with a quick release. Anyone ever used these brakes? They seem well-made.
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Never had 'em on my own bikes but built and serviced many with them. They seemed to work fine on test rides. Here's the centering tool.
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The subject bicycle appears to be a circa 1982 version, which can be verified via the serial number. The OEM rear derailleur was a Simplex LJ1000. Besides the noted rear wheel and brake levers, the crankset, pedals and saddle are also replacements, with OEM being a Stronglight 5470, Lyotard 45CA and Gallet 31 respectively. At the time, it was Peugeot's 'club racer' in the Canadian market, being the lowest priced model equipped with a 700C wheelset. MSRP was $446.95 CDN.

Edit: One of the aspiring racers that I coached at the time, had the male version. It was a decent value but nothing special. Everything worked well enough but nothing stood out as being above average compared to the competition. It wasn't light but it also wasn't heavy, being around 24-25 lbs.

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I have no idea what this is, but i saw Canadian Peugeot and i wanted to say "greetings from Montreal" I am a fellow Candian Peugeot owner
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My wife has been scouring local classifieds for a suitable bike to replace her 1956 Raleigh Sports

But what will you do with that fine old bike....????

Inside joke. I do believe I supplied it!
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Probably built by Procycle in Quebec province.
There is a Procycle / Velo Sport sticker on the downtube. Here in Ottawa I've seen a few Velo Sport bikes around in the second-hand shops - a few with Reynolds 531 frames or maybe it was Columbus tubing.

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Never had 'em on my own bikes but built and serviced many with them. They seemed to work fine on test rides. Here's the centering tool.
Thank you for this. I'll have to snoop one out somewhere.

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The subject bicycle appears to be a circa 1982 version, which can be verified via the serial number. The OEM rear derailleur was a Simplex LJ1000. Besides the noted rear wheel and brake levers, the crankset, pedals and saddle are also replacements, with OEM being a Stronglight 5470, Lyotard 45CA and Gallet 31 respectively. At the time, it was Peugeot's 'club racer' in the Canadian market, being the lowest priced model equipped with a 700C wheelset. MSRP was $446.95 CDN.

Edit: One of the aspiring racers that I coached at the time, had the male version. It was a decent value but nothing special. Everything worked well enough but nothing stood out as being above average compared to the competition. It wasn't light but it also wasn't heavy, being around 24-25 lbs.
Thanks T-Mar! I appreciate your response and information. That's a great weight for her riding needs, and other than the rear wheel, brake levers, likely the saddle and of course the pedals I don't see the bike changing too much given its mission. Perhaps those French parts were taken off for another build, or became worn with use. The frame shows evidence of this bike being a consistent rider since 1982. A little polish and it'll perk up.

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I have no idea what this is, but i saw Canadian Peugeot and i wanted to say "greetings from Montreal" I am a fellow Candian Peugeot owner
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My wife has been scouring local classifieds for a suitable bike to replace her 1956 Raleigh Sports

But what will you do with that fine old bike....????

Inside joke. I do believe I supplied it!
Haha - thanks for stopping by WGB, I hope you are well. The '56 Sports remains a huge hit with her, and that bike and its charms are what got her into regular cycling. Ideally we would keep it for more sedate path rides, but she wants something a little faster for commuting and day rides out with me, and space is at a premium. My own '50 Raleigh Superbe is also making its way out the door to cudak888. Our cycling era with English three-speeds is drawing to a close.

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