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Puymorens Peugot 531 (Mid 80s)

Old 07-21-07, 12:44 PM
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Puymorens Peugeot 531 (Mid 80s)

I won a Puymorens Peugeot 531 off the Bay. It was used by the Peugeot Team Tour De France in 1985. Its a top of the line Peugeot built with hand-brazed Reynolds tubing and it has chromed stays. My bike looks like the one in the picture and I'll set it up for fixed gear riding.
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As someone who sold and raced Peugeots in the 80's, and who has several fixed gears I ride regularily, please do not turn it into a fixed gear unless it's trashed. That bike is probably about the best the French did in the 80's. I'll send a variety of other good FG canidates in it's stead.
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Norman, you really don't want to fixify a 531Pro frame with all those braze-ons and shorty rear DOs...keep it original and find an older, beater Pug to fixify...you'll be happier and so will the Bike Gods.
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Norman, you really don't want to fixify a 531Pro frame with all those braze-ons and shorty rear DOs...keep it original and find an older, beater Pug to fixify...you'll be happier and so will the Bike Gods.
I didn't want a tank... I wanted a light and fast ride and I'd think I and the Bike Gods would be happier with something simple. I already have a few muti-gear setups and I'm just bored with another one.
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You don't need a beater per se. I have a '68 Gitane Super Corsa set up fixed and LOVE it (the extra-long campy dropouts are really keen). However, it had no braze-ons and I can convert it back in a heart-beat. You could do the same with any 70's vintage Puegeot PX10 or otherwize which did not have the cable routing brase ons. Frankly, OLDER french bikes (pre 1980) and early 80's Japanese upper end Univegas, Myatas, and Fujis (with decent Tange tupes) are by far the best conversions. Your likely going to have to hack on that 531Pro to get it right, and with th shrt dropouts and light tubes, it won't last like the others I've listed.

Just my opinion. I firmly believe it's your bike and you can do what you want, but it just doesn;t make sense to me.
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
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Norman, you really don't want to fixify a 531Pro frame with all those braze-ons and shorty rear DOs...keep it original and find an older, beater Pug to fixify...you'll be happier and so will the Bike Gods.
I'm with unworthy. Bikes are already "simple" enough machines.
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You don't need a beater per se. I have a '68 Gitane Super Corsa set up fixed and LOVE it (the extra-long campy dropouts are really keen). However, it had no braze-ons and I can convert it back in a heart-beat. You could do the same with any 70's vintage Puegeot PX10 or otherwize which did not have the cable routing brase ons. Frankly, OLDER french bikes (pre 1980) and early 80's Japanese upper end Univegas, Myatas, and Fujis (with decent Tange tupes) are by far the best conversions. Your likely going to have to hack on that 531Pro to get it right, and with th shrt dropouts and light tubes, it won't last like the others I've listed.

Just my opinion. I firmly believe it's your bike and you can do what you want, but it just doesn;t make sense to me.
Sheldon Brown has done the same with a number of 531 bikes. I did some googling and here is what I found about the model I have:

From the research I've been able to do, I believe this 1987 bike is the very last model PX-10 that Peugeot produced. Specifically, this was the PX-10 SH ("SH" for Shimano?) "Puymorens" model. This model was produced for two years, in 1986 and 1987. The earlier model had a chromed fork and the Shimano 600 EX group. The 1987 model had the painted fork and the new Shimano 600 Ultegra group
So I have acquired one of the last PX-10 bikes Peugeot built. Mine has the chromed 531 fork and chromed stays in the back.
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With all certainty, I can tell you the PX10 was produced until at least, 1989, at minimum. It had Mavic components. There may a slight technicality on the 'last PX10' of 1987. It may have been the last of the 531 PX-10's.

What role did the PY10FC play in TdF racing? I have a few pictures of Peugeot team members riding it at the TdF.
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
Sheldon Brown has done the same with a number of 531 bikes. I did some googling and here is what I found about the model I have:

So I have acquired one of the last PX-10 bikes Peugeot built. Mine has the chromed 531 fork and chromed stays in the back.
Yes, by themselves both facts are true, has has converted SOME 531 bikes, and you may in fact have a PX10, but don't think that it means you can convert it easily.
If your's has vertical dropouts, then it will make the conversion a whole bunch tougher, look for the sheldon brown article about that.
But in any case, I bought a 531 frame on ebay, a somewhat battered trek, $20 and local pickup, can't beat that. Also there's a Peugeot triathlon frame and the local shop that's a nice one, made with super vitus tubing, just about the same year as the one you have.
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Does anyone else find that 531 bikes have too much flex for fixed gear conversions? Granted i'm talking about 60-62mm frames and my experience is with a couple of treks. Both I found way too much flex in the bb area to give a secure ride.
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Does anyone else find that 531 bikes have too much flex for fixed gear conversions? Granted i'm talking about 60-62mm frames and my experience is with a couple of treks. Both I found way too much flex in the bb area to give a secure ride.
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
Sheldon Brown has done the same with a number of 531 bikes. I did some googling and here is what I found about the model I have:

From the research I've been able to do, I believe this 1987 bike is the very last model PX-10 that Peugeot produced. Specifically, this was the PX-10 SH ("SH" for Shimano?) "Puymorens" model. This model was produced for two years, in 1986 and 1987. The earlier model had a chromed fork and the Shimano 600 EX group. The 1987 model had the painted fork and the new Shimano 600 Ultegra group

So I have acquired one of the last PX-10 bikes Peugeot built. Mine has the chromed 531 fork and chromed stays in the back.
Just came across this post -- odd to see myself quoted! I admit I'm no authority and I could very well be wrong.

Would love to see pics of your bike, Norman. I have not come across many other Puymorens model Peugeots.

http://velospace.org/node/2677
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I've got no dog in the fight - it's your bike and you can melt it down and make nickels out of it for all I care. But....... wouldn't it make more sense to find a good quality frameset that needs building anyway, in order to build a fixie?

Seems to me to be a waste of time, effort, and money to buy a top-end vintage bike just to strip it down.

Hey - I've got a 531 steel Austro Daimler frameset sitting around... wanna trade?
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I've got no dog in the fight - it's your bike and you can melt it down and make nickels out of it for all I care. But....... wouldn't it make more sense to find a good quality frameset that needs building anyway, in order to build a fixie?

Seems to me to be a waste of time, effort, and money to buy a top-end vintage bike just to strip it down.

Hey - I've got a 531 steel Austro Daimler frameset sitting around... wanna trade?
I have one that I just bought off ebay for $20 and is most likely in worse condition than your own, wanna trade?
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