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Old 09-26-11, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape
I planned on letting my 15 year-old daughter ride it, but I’m having second thoughts about that.
Could she grab those MAFAC levers?
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
Could she grab those MAFAC levers?

She's got hands and feet like Shaq!
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Nice! She's probably the center for the varsity team already.
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape
I picked this frame up from a guy at work and put it together last weekend with Mafac, Stronglight and Campy bits. It started life as a Peugeot PX-10, but somewhere along the line someone thought it would make a great fast touring bike so they added a bunch of sweet braze-ons and gave it a professional respray. (I added the contrasting head/seat tube color.) Unfortunately, this frame is not robust enough for touring and the geometry is all wrong. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of length in the chainstays for a set of panniers. It has braze-ons for a front low-rider, but the thought of riding this bike down a mountain with loaded front bags send chills up and down my spine! I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it. I planned on letting my 15 year-old daughter ride it, but I’m having second thoughts about that.





Wow, this is really interesting. I have a PX10 frameset that I'm planning on upgrading with cantilever boss braze-ons as well as some other doo-dads, and building it up as a proper porteur since it seems to have the right geometry for that type of bike. Unlike the one you're showing, mine has a freakishly long wheelbase, in part due to long chainstays, but also because of a more dramatically raked fork. Trail is somewhere in the low 30s. Mine is a 1972, so I'm guessing yours is a later model, which they tightened up with more racy geometry. Looking at your PX10, it looks like the wheelbase is much tighter, and that fork! With the low rakI'm guessing the trail is moderate to high. You could probably have the fork re-raked, and combined with the steep head tube angle, this might result in a nice low-trail bike suitable for carrying low-riders.
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Not nearly as pretty as some but as the young skaters I met yesterday said.. "that bike has some serious soul".




74-76 Peugeot AO8 with coaster hub.
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LeJeune "Tour de France" (?) folding bicycle

I started its own thread a while ago, but this is my LeJeune folding bicycle. Converted with a fixed gear before it came to me. Have been meaning to give it a freewheel coaster wheel instead but has not happened yet. It now does have a Hunt Wilde grips.
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1982 Peugeot Centennial Edition PH12

Since my last posting of this bike, I've made some changes. I replaced the tires, changed the handlebar tape, and removed the reflectors. The bottom bracket, hubs, and headset have been lubed. I've kept the original components in the event that I decide to change it back to its original condition. Overall, I'm very pleased!

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Fantastic Centennial Peugeot!
Just like new!!
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Repost... hope no-one minds as I have an after pic coming because the grand old lady got a little prettier.


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Originally Posted by Noah Scape
I picked this frame up from a guy at work and put it together last weekend with Mafac, Stronglight and Campy bits. It started life as a Peugeot PX-10, but somewhere along the line someone thought it would make a great fast touring bike so they added a bunch of sweet braze-ons and gave it a professional respray. (I added the contrasting head/seat tube color.) Unfortunately, this frame is not robust enough for touring and the geometry is all wrong. Nevertheless, thereís plenty of length in the chainstays for a set of panniers. It has braze-ons for a front low-rider, but the thought of riding this bike down a mountain with loaded front bags send chills up and down my spine! Iím not sure what Iím going to do with it. I planned on letting my 15 year-old daughter ride it, but Iím having second thoughts about that.

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Is the fork and/or frame bent? It might just be the angle, but it looks "unnatural" to me, the front wheel way too far back. That would sure explain the squirrelly ride. It would be a shame because it's a beautiful frame. What's the wheelbase? Old PX-10's are famous for being very nice riders, and even with a load they shouldn't be bad. I used to do fully-loaded camping tours with my cousin, and his PX-10 with clincher tires and low gears worked great. By the way, my own mount was a Raleigh International, customized with cantilevers and repainted, sort of like your Peugeot. It made a pretty decent tourer as well.
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Originally Posted by kroozer
Is the fork and/or frame bent? It might just be the angle, but it looks "unnatural" to me, the front wheel way too far back. That would sure explain the squirrelly ride...
Not bent. Just a steep head-tube combined with low-rake fork. I spent a lot of time looking this one over. The ride is fine - I wouldn't call it a "squirrelly" it's actually really nice. I just wouldn't tour on it. And the fork is not robust enough to slap on a low-rider and panniers... IMHO. The wheelbase is about 102.
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape
She's got hands and feet like Shaq!
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Nice! She's probably the center for the varsity team already.
Or plays double-bass in the orchestra.

Or both!
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zoltani: "you tease! how about a pic we can actually see? ... saw your bike in person in the ID..."

thanks. here you go:



'75ish moto gr. i need a new photo with its new vo clips/straps -- looks more 'noble steed' like now.
re: i.d. ... a favorite ride is down from greenwood via green lake down by lake union to the i.d. (chinatown) to 'rising produce' and 'saigon deli' for everything good and cheap.
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Made a few changes so I guess it's time to re-post. 1978 TC.
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Here's the PX8L that I rescued from a friend's barn last year. Originally, I planned to just get it back into riding condition, but then I started reading about internal gear hubs and the project took an unexpected tangent when I decided to build a set of wheels based on the Sturmey-Archer X-RD8(w) and X-FDD hubs after seeing a Pashley Guv'nor.

Here's where the bike is at this point. For all intents and purposes this is the finished bike, though I'm considering a handlebar change in the not too distant future.


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Motobecane Grand Record 3 speed.

Does anyone have an opinion on what Ideale saddle would ride similarly to a Brooks B68? Eventually I would like to go with more French components. Thanks!

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[QUOTE=djkashuba;13314672]Motobecane Grand Record 3 speed.

Does anyone have an opinion on what Ideale saddle would ride similarly to a Brooks B68? Eventually I would like to go with more French components. Thanks!

Sweet bike!
I use an Ideale #92 Diagonal. I'm not sure if it was designed for the male anatomy, but it is very comfortable on my upright bike.

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Thanks Chris. I will put the 92 Diagonal on my radar. They certainly are not common.

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Originally Posted by eschlwc
zoltani: "you tease! how about a pic we can actually see? ... saw your bike in person in the ID..."

thanks. here you go:



'75ish moto gr. i need a new photo with its new vo clips/straps -- looks more 'noble steed' like now.
re: i.d. ... a favorite ride is down from greenwood via green lake down by lake union to the i.d. (chinatown) to 'rising produce' and 'saigon deli' for everything good and cheap.
My friend, I have a massive amount of desire for your bike. That is really gorgeous! I'd love a real Motobecane to go with my Bikes Direct Motobecane!
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Originally Posted by djkashuba
Thanks Chris. I will put the 92 Diagonal on my radar. They certainly are not common.

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The 92 is one of the nicest touring saddles ever made... but a nice one will not be cheap unless you get very lucky.
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battle rabbit, as an self proclaimed anachronist, i would assume you only ride very old velos.?.
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today, in a high gear, on a perfectly suited uphill rise, i was thinking how wonderful is this vintage machine. un moment de joie existentielle!
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Can't find my french model bike can someone help ?

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Hello guys a recently aquired a bike from an old man in Germany he said the bike was his son's and now he is all grown up and has a car but i cant find the exact model can someone help me please

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My Mercier with a Shimano Arabesque group set:

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Here's a french bike ... but not of the kind most of you think of, sorry !
It's a 1985 BERTIN which makes it one of the earliest mountain bike available here in France as they were introduced in 1984.
I don't know what steel are the tubes made of but components are a the usual anglo-franco-japanese mix of the early 80's : Sturmey-Archer drum brakes, Brooks saddle, Nervar crankset and Shimano deraillers/shifters :



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