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Another UO-8 back on the road

Old 10-20-07, 12:12 PM
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Another UO-8 back on the road

Got the first of my two project bikes finished this week, and just got back from a 16 mile shakedown run. It's a 1973 Peugeot UO-8 which I found sitting out in the weather in a back yard.

It was completely original, down to the tyres (completely rotted) and saddle (another success for Tandy Leather's Hide Restorer). Cost me thirty bucks for the bike, another forty-one for tyres, tubes and bar tape, and about five evenings of elbow grease. I was pleasantly surprise that the chrome was 99% intact, very few scratches in the paint, and not so surprised that the Simplex front dérailleur was cracked. Go to the shelf and pick another - I tend to grab every Simplex that comes within arm's reach, always for future use. I'm guessing '73, as it still has downtube shifters, but came with the chainring guard - which needs bit of unbending and cleaning, so it's sitting on the bench for future work. I like the bike better without, anyhow.

The first ride was initially a bit of a shock - I'd just come home from a morning's 27-mile jog on my Tour de France, and switching over was a real eye opener for what you got on the short end of a $130.00 price gap back in the early 70's. After about five miles, my body adjusted to the realization that I'm riding a somewhat heavier bike with steel wheels, and I could start to appreciate the bike on it's own merits. By the last five miles, we were working together just fine. Future plans are tied in with finishing the TdF: I finally got a set of Campy Tipo hubs, have proper sewup rims on the wall, so it's going to get the upgraded wheels. At which time the Campy Record/Nisi tubular combination on the TdF will be transferred to the Pug for daily riding.

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Old 10-20-07, 01:17 PM
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That's quite nice. Looks very clean. And since you mention your TdF, I'm in the middle of this:

and was wondering if you have any input/suggestions/feedback/comments... I've been doing a lot of 'net research regarding parts and refinishing, so I'm off to an ok start. I've actually done a bit of cleaning and polishing since I took this first set of pics and it's coming along nicely.
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Looks good sykerocker. It's very nearly the twin of my old UO-8, except yours is my size . I'm not a fan of the chain guard either and since mine was bent up too (surprise, surprise) I just left it off altogether. I hoard plastic Simplex derailleurs for the same reason and am finally starting to feel comfortable with my current stock. It should last a few years at least.

What do you think about those rims? The buzzing sound those brake surfaces make while braking always drove me crazy, though I suppose it could be nice in traffic and it sure lets people know that you've arrived.

Since it wasn't my size mine's recently gone to fixed-gear heaven (err... maybe a little south of heaven? ) but I kept the wheels and derailleurs and at least I managed to talk the guy out of repainting it. Now I'll get to put the proper wheels on my blue one and update the website.

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Beautiful U08. Mine's a '68 or '69. (her name's Mimi). If I figure out how to post pics, I will. She is a working girl, though, so not as slick as yours.

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