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Old 05-07-22, 07:07 AM
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"Never say never to me".
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Front derailleur no cracks that I could see.
...I miraculous example.
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Old 05-07-22, 10:14 AM
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...I miraculous example.
I remember ads in the '70s that mentioned "miracle Delrin."
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You have good taste, I kept seeing that one for sale and thought it was a nice looking bike. But I really like yellow too.
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Just looked up "Delrin" out of idle curiosity - turns out to be a thermoplastic formulation, which means that it should be capable of being, e.g., heated and remolded. Perhaps a chemist (I'm thinking cyccommute) can weigh in on whether there might be a practical way to repair those problematic Simplex front derailleurs.
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Old 05-07-22, 11:13 AM
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The Peugeot UO-8 is a real bike boom classic that got millions of Americans back into cycling. If I had an iconic bike that was in such excellent, original condition I would leave it exactly as-is, except for maybe tires, cables, etc. My first 10-speed was a Schwinn Continental. I rode it all over the place, and I don't remember any particular problems with the steel rims. Once you swap out the wheels you'll be tempted to continue upgrading with alloy bar, seat post, & cranks, better derailleurs, etc. Then you'll have spent a bunch of money and it's still a UO-8, except that it's not even original any more. Save your cash for a higher-end bike, and enjoy your piece of history.
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The Peugeot UO-8 is a real bike boom classic that got millions of Americans back into cycling. If I had an iconic bike that was in such excellent, original condition I would leave it exactly as-is, except for maybe tires, cables, etc. My first 10-speed was a Schwinn Continental. I rode it all over the place, and I don't remember any particular problems with the steel rims. Once you swap out the wheels you'll be tempted to continue upgrading with alloy bar, seat post, & cranks, better derailleurs, etc. Then you'll have spent a bunch of money and it's still a UO-8, except that it's not even original any more. Save your cash for a higher-end bike, and enjoy your piece of history.
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Swapping parts becomes the “George Washington’s Axe Syndrome”. I think the bike would look fabulous with a clean-up and service.
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I found a donor bike at a thrift shop this morning. Two near new 27” tires, at least one good tube, and a 5-speed freewheel (almost a corncob). I will probably salvage a few other parts as well.

ps: bonus points, the stem on the donor bike is close the the same as on the Peugeot, so now I’ve got a spare.

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Old 05-07-22, 03:27 PM
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I’ve put many miles on steel rimmed bikes in my younger years, so I might go ahead and run the steel rims for awhile.
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treebound Donor bike also presents you with what appears to be a SunTour front and rear derailleurs, which are the go-to replacements for Simplex from back in the day.
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Old 05-09-22, 08:12 PM
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I’m working on just getting the bike functional and sorted out before I do a deep clean on it.

Found a broken pulley on the rear. But there is something amiss with the derailleur body spring and I haven’t messed with this style enough to know what I’m doing. I might go ahead and try the donor bike Suntour derailleur while I try to sort out the Simplex one. It would be neat to keep this one 95-100% original apart from wear items.





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treebound Those pulleys crack and break frequently - I remember it happening BITD all the time and certainly 40-50 years later it should be expected! I think the pulleys from the SunTour are a direct replacement if you are looking for a quick fix.

As to the derailleur spring, not sure what you are seeing that is wrong. Does the RD swing forward freely as you go to higher gears?
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Nope, main part does not swing at all. I watched a couple utube videos last night so it looks like I just need to remove the nut on the back side. It seems to be either stuck or over-tightened.
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