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Old 03-31-09, 11:15 AM
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Another Pug UO-8

Seems like its a popular model to talk about these last couple of weeks.

One caught my eye on Ebay today, its local pickup auction that ends tonight....DIBS!

https://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-63cm-Peu...3A1|240%3A1318

Just wanted to see what you guys think of this frame to be buit up as a city bike. Upright bars, probably short fenders, maybe a chain guard...

So what I noticed (aside from a couple of missing parts) was that it has cottered Cranks.

What kind of tubing is this frame made of? is it gonna be a tank like my Varsity or will it be at least somewhat lighter? is the Bottom Bracket difficult to change over to non-cottered or am I gonna have a hard time finding Cups and a Spindle (or is there a cartridge that will fit?)
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Old 03-31-09, 11:19 AM
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Rather lighter than a Varsity. More along the lines of a Raleigh Grand Prix. I suspect that one has English threading, so I don't think it will be a nightmare in that respect.
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Old 03-31-09, 11:31 AM
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So we're talking "Carbon Steel" or "Lightweight Steel" tubes then?
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If it is a U08, it is made out of heavy gas pipe steel. At the same time, the French were able to keep the weight down compared to the gas pipe Schwinns of that era. So with an alloy crank, alloy bars, alloy seat post, and alloy rims (all of which would be upgrades from stock), you can get the weight down to the mid 20s: around 25 to 26 pounds as I recall (I had a U08 upgraded in that way until I sold it last year).
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did you like it?

I'd be replacing my schwinn Varsity that has a kink in the top tube, so i guess anything would weigh less than that.
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