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Old 09-10-07, 05:44 PM
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Peugeot PKN-10

I rode my pkn10 51 miles today. Would it be better to do shorter rides on this 27 year old bike to avoid wearing it out?
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Old 09-10-07, 05:56 PM
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Not to worry. As a BF member you have access to an unending supply of replacement parts. Heck I've got at least a dozen Peugeots in various states of disarray and I'm certain that doesn't even place me in the top 25! Ride that baby!
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Old 09-10-07, 07:32 PM
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Even though I have "worn out" two frames (1971 Nishiki Competition and ca. 1975 Peugeot UO-8), I don't hesitate to ride my 26-to-48-year-old road bikes. If I were afraid of damaging or wearing them out, I would have to put all of my miles on my 19-year-old mountain bike.
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Old 09-10-07, 08:31 PM
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Hmm, good question. From previous posts we know that many on the C&V regularly ride 30+ frames and put some real miles on them.

My sense is that the overall condition of the frame probably matters the most. Does age in and of itself cause the frame to deteriorate (as opposed to the fatigue and stress of regular rides, which would subject the frame to weight, flexing as you make turns, road bumps, etc.)? If not, then a frame that is old should and still in good shape should hold up for a lot of miles. My two oldest bikes, 1975 Schwinn Traveler and 1979 PKN both feel as solid as my new Reynolds 520 steel Bikesdirect bike. The PKN has the best overall feel of the three.

I have ridden my PKN as much 150 miles in a week w/o any difficulty. The frame had some minor surface rust, which I cleaned up and repainted. My only limit on distance with the PKN is the tubular tires. I am afraid to get 50 miles out in the middle of somewhere and get a flat. I carry a can of Vittoria tubular inflating stuff, but I still keep closer to home.

I am not sure if I have really provided an answer, but I agree with previous posts that I own the bikes for the purpose of riding them and ride them I do
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Old 09-11-07, 08:25 AM
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I understand why you like your PKN-10 so much, KDB. Been there ... done that. Unfortunately, mine, a $140 yard sale treasure, was about 2 cm too tall for me, so I finally gave it to my elder son, who rides it weekly with the San Diego Bicycle Club's C group. Its geometry is a near-perfect compromise among the competing requirements of performance, handling, practicality, and comfort. My only gripe was that the craftsmanship was not up to the level of any of my other bikes, but the ride was indeed superb. I have always said that a PR-10 / PKN-10 is a great choice for the value-conscious buyer.
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Old 09-11-07, 09:35 AM
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Hey, there's vintage showbikes (which I like as much as the next guy) and then there's vintage bikes you actually ride as often as possible - guess which category you'll enjoy most. Weather permitting, I commute on my '84 Merckx; suppose I'm 'wearing it out', but I get to ride it almost daily and that - to me - is pure bliss.
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Old 09-11-07, 11:08 AM
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There's a great scene in "This Is Spinal Tap" in which Nigel Tufnel shows Marty DiBergi a guitar which he's never even played; the scene ends with Nigel shooing Marty away because he's LOOKED at it long enough.

The scene illustrates the silliness among owners of "vintage" guitars which results in the darned things ending up in display cases instead of under the lights in a smoky club.

I'm old enough to have a bunch of old guitars and a bunch of old bikes. I play 'em and ride 'em, respectively. If one of either bunch dies on me in the line of duty, it will go to the great beyond knowing that it died with its boots on.

And that's the way it's supposed to be.
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+1 Ride the damned thing. Someone else will always have a better, more original Garage Queen anyway.

My U08 has tens of thousands of miles on it. Many replacement parts, but still has the original plastic rear derailer. Go figure.

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I agree: ride em if you got em! Even though it was big for me, I managed to put 100 miles on my oldest bike, a 1963ish Zeus, before I gave it to my oldest son. I just spoke with him a few days ago & he was excited about the great ride & how he feels like the bike is part of him it fits so well. He plans to ride it from Salem, out to the college where he works in Monmouth, Oregon. Don
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Old 09-12-07, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo View Post
I agree: ride em if you got em! Even though it was big for me, I managed to put 100 miles on my oldest bike, a 1963ish Zeus, before I gave it to my oldest son. I just spoke with him a few days ago & he was excited about the great ride & how he feels like the bike is part of him it fits so well. He plans to ride it from Salem, out to the college where he works in Monmouth, Oregon. Don
Your experience is remarkably similar to mine with my PKN-10. How come these college age kids are so much taller than their parents?
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