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That 1957 Peugeot PLX8 Grande...

Old 04-29-08, 03:49 PM
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That 1957 Peugeot PLX8 Grande...

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Old 04-29-08, 04:07 PM
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Wow, that's a purdy bike. Have fun fixin it up.
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I rode her 12 miles today and things were splendid... especially when I passed the guy on the Orbea.

For ride I'd have to give the old girl a 9 and despite her weight, which is still under 30 pounds, she climbs extremely well.
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Sixty can I get a nice clear close up of the seat tube decal?
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I'm trying to figure out where the cable housing goes through the front fender? And what does it pull?

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That "cable" housing in the fender is the wire for the headlight.
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Simplex Competition shifter... works like a charm covered in butter.
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SAAAWEET! Why can't I find anything like that? hell I can't even find any name brand other than Next

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Okay...the camera batteries are nearly dead and I still have video from my daughter's first day of riding without training wheels to upload.

I found this bike leaning up against the wall of a Tim Horton's (last summer) when I stopped by for an a coffee and when I returned later in the afternoon it was still there, unlocked, and pretty much unrideable due to the cantis being pulled up too tight.

I went and talked the manager and after leaving my name and number (showed my id) I took it home and contacted the local police to see if the bike had been reported stolen and after a long wait (of months) got a call where the police informed me that the bike was mine.

The bike is mechanically perfect and is as smooth as silk, the Rigida Chrolux wheels glow, and all she needed was proper bars and brakes which I installed and wrapped today.

The frame only has a few little chips, the Simplex derailers are showing their age (but work perfectly) and could be replaced if I had $1000.00 for the JUY 543... the Competition shifter is easily replaced and not all that costly.

The Sedis chain is interesting as it has a threaded link with a screw to keep things together and in all the time I have spent working on bikes... I have never seen anything like it.

On today's ride I took her 12 miles and made like Pantani on the climbs... the bike is amazing in this regard and the ride has to be experienced to be believed as it is smooth and very fast.

I plan to add one more layer of yellow cloth over the cork and will see how it looks after being shellacked and strung as it is almost as bad as running white cloth for showing road grime and picking stuff off my hands and gloves.

The spokes need to be polished up and then I plan to wire and solder them, and then balance the wheel to get as old school as possible.

My friend (a really experienced mechanic) told me that the naked frame on this bike is very light (sub 5 pounds).

Thanks to the C&V folks for the positive ID and scans of the original catalogue / advert.
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Very cool. What size wheels--27" or 650B?

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Wheels tires are 622:32 / 28 inch fractional.
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Is it by any chance that all the models in the Peugeot catalogs appear to have far slacker frame geometries then the production equipment?

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Thanks for finding my bike!!! Seriously, that is in fantastic condition. The paint and transfers are as good as it gets for that vintage.
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Wow. Great looking bicycle. Great pictures. Great story.
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And it's got a helium filled frame.

I can picture Brigitte Bardot's wonderful bottom gently wiggling to & fro as she rides through the French countryside. I'd be following her on my own Peugeot as we peddle to the old inn........
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Her sister's name is Bridgette (also a Peugeot)... I decided that due to her age the PLX would be named Edith (after Edith Piaf).

Ride an old French bike and music like this will play in your head as the miles fall away behind you...

Edith Piaf - Hymne lAmour
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Tres cool!

If we are naming bikes, I suppose Capo #1 should be "Gretchen."
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Very glad to see it's now officially yours. As you probably figured out, this is my kind of bike, but one I would never find around here in a million years. Congratulations! I'm glad that it's now owned by someone who will take care of it.
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Very Very Nice. sounds like a nice ride as well.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Her sister's name is Bridgette (also a Peugeot)... I decided that due to her age the PLX would be named Edith (after Edith Piaf).

Ride an old French bike and music like this will play in your head as the miles fall away behind you...

Edith Piaf - Hymne lAmour
Don't slip up and tell your wife "I'm going off to ride Edith. I'll be back in about 3 hours." That's one of the reasons I only name my bicycles after horses.
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Congrats! It's GORGEOUS and I love the Competition shifter!!
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