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Old 07-07-16, 08:51 AM
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I had put drop bars on my Pug as I was getting back into riding to see if I liked the way they felt; now that I have two other proper road bike, I decided to convert the Paris Express back to its (mostly) original configuration. I made the basket from leftover fence picket cuttings (the fence you see here, actually!) and shellac that I originally used to shellac the cotton bar tape I had on the bike.

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My wife bought two Peugeots at a thrift store on Thursday - paid $13 for each.

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I gave the mixte to a friend's wife. All it needed was air in the new tires and a seat. The man's bike (P8) had a stuck front derailleur which I have temporarily replaced with an old Shimano. Once I have the original Sachs/Huret cleaned and lubed, it will go back on the bike. It also needed a saddle, so I pulled one out of the box'o parts. I flipped the bars. I doubled the cost of the bike by putting brown cork tape on the bars. It is a bit too small for me but my wife or son will use it.
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Originally Posted by steves11447
Recently aquired Astra Grand Luxe. Reynolds 531 frame, Huret Allvit rd, atom compact freewheel, Stronglight 93 crank, Atom pedals, Stronglight Competition headset, Ideale 90 saddle. Complete disassembly, cleaned and regreased BB, and headset,and brakes, cleaned derailleurs, some touchup of frame. It rides nice.
This Astra is a very uncommon find as far as I know. This one is so much nicer than an Astra Tour de France that I fixed up for a friend last year. Really nice.

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It occurs to me I haven't shown this one here yet - 1975 Motobecane Grand Touring, largely stock except for the Nitto Technomic stem and standard Weinmann brake levers replacing the stock Dia-Compe with extensions. I acquired this one cheaply for the C&V Clunker 100 Challenge, never dreaming I would find myself enjoying a 1020-framed bike this much. Weinmann 610 centerpulls, Shimano Tourney cranks on a Tange loose bb bottom bracket, SunTour V-GT Luxe and Compe V derailleurs with ratchet shifters, Selle Italia GP saddle gone grey, and shockingly smooth-running Normandy Sport hubs. It rides very nicely, thank you!

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A change in handlebar tape prompted me to post another image of the Peschi - any thoughts on the red and blue working together? I was planning on going with a darker blue although I am a bit undecided. I changed out the narrower Ideale I originally used for a more comfortable Model 80 and swapped handlebars and stem with the Urago. If anyone is interested I am looking into possibly trading the Urago - I feel one is enough at my age for those days I like taking a spin on an older road bike with somewhat narrow tubular tires.







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Not much happening with this thread - guess it has to slow down sometimes. Utterly bored today waiting for the temperature to drop into the evening before going for a ride, in the meantime a few more images of the Peschi just to get some activity. Apologies if you have seen it all before. By the way, I wonder how uncommon the Belt seat post I found is - happened to be what I needed at 26.4mm so that worked out, and only 5.00. I had initially thought it was a Simplex.






























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Here's a Super Competition I built up with Suntour Superbe Pro..
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And a PH-8 I had fun upgrading. Strangely, I like this frame better than the Reynold 531 frame above. It doesn't beat me up as bad over distance. These have a sweet ride though a touch heavier. The Peugeot gas pipe frames are turning out to be fantastic in ride quality. I'm actually not embarrassed to say it. I also have a silver 56cm Cadre Allege that is just a beautiful little workhorse. I'll take a few of it.
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Originally Posted by VintageRide
Not much happening with this thread - guess it has to slow down sometimes. Utterly bored today waiting for the temperature to drop into the evening before going for a ride, in the meantime a few more images of the Peschi just to get some activity. Apologies if you have seen it all before. By the way, I wonder how uncommon the Belt seat post I found is - happened to be what I needed at 26.4mm so that worked out, and only 5.00. I had initially thought it was a Simplex.






























Thanks so much for this update with the new photos.

Looking very fine.

Belt pillar new to me. Have had several Belt saddles come through me workshop o'er the years but never saw this pillar before. Looks closer to the Juy original than the Sakae Ringyo one.

Good to see those Rampinelli lever covers.

Have you attempted to calculate how much capacity you may have gained for the rear mech by fitting that 32mm drop asian hanger plate as opposed to the 26mm o.e.m. one? If not going larger than 26T you could likely get snappier shifts by bringing the jockey wheel 6mm up via the use of a 26mm drop hanger plate.

Thanks again for posting!
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I have thought about getting an original hanger, problem is they are very uncommon and tend to be rather expemsive though not certain if there are any non Campagnolo versions that look the same. Since I am not well versed on the Record rear derailleur's ability with the modern hanger I can't say, currently it shifts to the 26t on there quite well, this is with a 42t inner chain ring.



Interesting about that Belt seat post, obviously a Simplex copy - have yet to find any information on it. Glad you enjoyed the images juvela and I forgot to let you know I appreciate your advice as well as those pms!

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Originally Posted by VintageRide
I have thought about getting an original hanger, problem is they are very uncommon and tend to be rather expemsive though not certain if there are any non Campagnolo versions that look the same. Since I am not well versed on the Record rear derailleur's ability with the modern hanger I can't say, currently it shifts to the 26t on there quite well, this is with a 42t inner chain ring.



Interesting about that Belt seat post, obviously a Simplex copy - have yet to find any information on it. Glad you enjoyed the images juvela and I forgot to let you know I appreciate your advice as well as those pms!
wrt hanger -

would think them to show up at venues such as dumps, junk yards, bicycle co-ops, etc where the mech itself has been hopelessly damaged.

perhaps @T-Mar will be able to enlighten us regarding the Belt pillar. no assistance from VB or Google.

still think white or grey would look best for bar wrap...but then i am

beautiful job you have done with the machine!
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...perhaps @T-Mar will be able to enlighten us regarding the Belt pillar. no assistance from VB or Google....
Sorry, I have nothing to add. Like you, I've seen several Belt saddles but never a pillar.
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Originally Posted by juvela
...Have you attempted to calculate how much capacity you may have gained for the rear mech by fitting that 32mm drop asian hanger plate as opposed to the 26mm o.e.m. one? If not going larger than 26T you could likely get snappier shifts by bringing the jockey wheel 6mm up via the use of a 26mm drop hanger plate...
It should allow you to run an extra 3T.
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Vonruden -- stunning, stunning, stunning...
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Originally Posted by noobinsf
Vonruden -- stunning, stunning, stunning...
^^^ Agreed!

And now for some bikes with slightly less pedigree...

My Velo de Ville, Gypsy Bleu:



And the newest member of my stable, still pretty rough, at this point only called "Pug". I never thought my first Peugeot would be an MTB. But I've seen these done up as 650B Randonneurs, and they are perfect for it:





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Originally Posted by VintageRide
Not much happening with this thread - guess it has to slow down sometimes. Utterly bored today waiting for the temperature to drop into the evening before going for a ride, in the meantime a few more images of the Peschi just to get some activity. Apologies if you have seen it all before. By the way, I wonder how uncommon the Belt seat post I found is - happened to be what I needed at 26.4mm so that worked out, and only 5.00. I had initially thought it was a Simplex.






























The full on shot looks good to me with the red bar tape and I think red housing and or clip straps could be even better.
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Originally Posted by DQRider
^^^ Agreed!

And now for some bikes with slightly less pedigree...

My Velo de Ville, Gypsy Bleu:



And the newest member of my stable, still pretty rough, at this point only called "Pug". I never thought my first Peugeot would be an MTB. But I've seen these done up as 650B Randonneurs, and they are perfect for it:





Both lovely none the less
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GITANE NATION or TROPHEE ?

My recent purchase, this GITANE , probably a 1978 or 1979 NATION or TROPHEE...all REYNOLDS 531, with SHIMANO headset and others SHIMANO parts (derailleurs and front wheel), MAFAC "competition " brakes .
The crankset triple STRONGLIGHT 99 was probably optional...

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Here's my utterly stock '82 PH10s, been in the family since new, ridden very little. Winter project will be to take it apart and sort it out so it can purr(geot) in the spring.
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I'm thinking about replacing the original handlebars on my 1973 Peugeot UO-8 with the Velo-Orange "Left Bank" handlebars.

The older I get, the more I prefer the laid-back cruiser style handlebars.

The Left Bank handlebars I think would look period-correct and right at home on this bike. https://smartbikeparts.com/images/lib...voleftbank.jpg
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I'm thinking about replacing the original handlebars on my 1973 Peugeot UO-8 with the Velo-Orange "Left Bank" handlebars.

The older I get, the more I prefer the laid-back cruiser style handlebars.

The Left Bank handlebars I think would look period-correct and right at home on this bike. https://smartbikeparts.com/images/lib...voleftbank.jpg
Here is what they look like on my heavily customized Gitane:





One word of caution: I don't know the exact measurement of the handgrip area, but it is barely enough to fit my Brooks Plump Leather Grips. As a result, the brakes are at a bit of an angle outwards - but that's fine too because it increases the amount of lever travel. I chose these after first trying the SOMA Lauterwasser and the VO Porteur. The Left Bank `bar is definitely better for that relaxed riding position, and it looks proper on a French road bike.
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This is such a beautiful, beautiful bike @Vonruden. Was it made in the 90ies? Have you spread the rear triangle or was it 130 originally?
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