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Old 02-12-10, 03:40 PM   #1
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I just wanted an old Peugeot and look what happened!

It started about two months ago with wanting to start riding again to get in shape and lose some weight. I already had 2 bikes, an MTB and a mid 80's Fuji. I've always wanted a vintage French bike since my Gitane was stolen back in the 70's and i found a nice little HLE frame Peugeot in a thrift store for $40. Then, after reading some of the posts on this site, I found and horse-traded my way into a nice 531 Peugeot frame, and built it up using the parts from the cheaper model. Now today, I found a really nice little Centurion Lemans that a co-worker had gathering dust in the garage. This bike may have 100 miles on it, but it doesn't look like anybody has ridden it since about 1987. I couldn't resist buying it...
Now my wife is for sure going to wonder if I've completely lost my mind!
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horse-trading is half the fun :-)
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I want to trade my Peugeot 531 bike for a horse. I have an extra PX10 frame, can I get a donkey for it?

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I want to trade my Peugeot 531 bike for a horse. I have an extra PX10 frame, can I get a donkey for it?
You need a donkey? I need a PX-10.

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Yep, this is how the disease begins....
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Yep, this is how the disease begins....
Soon, you will not be able to sleep at night - knowing that somewhere - there is a fabulous C&V bike being offered for sale that someone else may scarf up before you do.
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Only if you are paying shipping for the donkey.....I know I saw a good Chinese recipe for donkey somewhere....
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Only if you are paying shipping for the donkey.....I know I saw a good Chinese recipe for donkey somewhere....
Donkey will walk itself to destination.

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That's true.
I worked at The Grand Canyon for a year,and the Mules,(related to said Donkeys)would sometimes git loose.
They would then trek from Phantom Ranch in the canyon on up to the North Rim.
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That's true.
I worked at The Grand Canyon for a year,and the Mules,(related to said Donkeys)would sometimes git loose.
They would then trek from Phantom Ranch in the canyon on up to the North Rim.
Thank you, now I know where to get a donkey to trade for my PX-10.

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I want to trade my Peugeot 531 bike for a horse. I have an extra PX10 frame, can I get a donkey for it?

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Nice bikes. I really like the color of the Centurion.
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Now my wife is for sure going to wonder if I've completely lost my mind!
Meanwhile, just inside my front door in the corner of the living room......
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...so yeah, my wife is concerned, too. Remind her often that as hobbies go, horse trading for vintage bikes is pretty cheap.
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Meanwhile, just inside my front door in the corner of the living room......
LOL! Well, at least I'm not the only crazy person.
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Those are some nice bikes you got. So how do you like those Peugeot? My wife complaint too, until I started flipping bikes to support this addiction. It helps to buy her something nice once in a while with the bike money.
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Thank you, now I know where to get a donkey to trade for my PX-10.

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Hey Kurt,

Here is an idea, ride to Grand Canyon, pick up that loose donkey, then ride the donkey to Seattle. I will make you kung pao donkey and Sichuan style donkey stew. Then ride back with the PX10 frame straps to your back.

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I want to trade my Peugeot 531 bike for a horse.

This thread is meaningless without pictures!
Trust me, you don't want to get a horse (or a donkey). Keep the Pug.

Tomorrow I have to go out to the barn where my cousin has her horses. I'll take a picture or two for you that will help convince you.
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Lol! My wife wants a horse, she always wanted one.
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Yes Shp4man, your wife is right...you have completely lost your mind but "you" will never know it. She on the other hand...will often be seen shaking her head, rolling her eyes, and saying things like "I don't know what's happened to you!".

Now, that said...Welcome to the dark side! You can expect to not find your mind for atleast 6 months to a year...depending on how much money you have to dedicate to your habit, and which interests you develop as you travel this dark road.

You are already not able to any longer control yourself as you obviously have no will-power (ie., your pictures of your bikes gave you away). You also seem to have a good eye for bikes so basically dude...I'd say you're screwed. (I bought a Le Mans RS exactly like yours with maybe 50 miles on it this fall...nice bikes aren't they?!!)

When it comes to great buys on decent bikes and parts you will constantly realize it is a "great deal" that someone (namely you) should buy. You will buy bikes/parts off of ebay, Craigslist, Bikeforum, newspaper ads, yard/garage sales, you will even find yourself digging in the trash, and as it gets more serious...you will eventually hit rock bottom...better known as dumpster diving behind bike shops and even trailer parks for spare parts and frames.

Justification is not needed after a certain point...this is the closest thing to a "high" or "rush" as I have ever known personally. It must be better than Heroin because if you do come down off of your high...you can sell your bike or parts and MAKE your money back ~ maybe!

I am sure there is a rehab we will one day have to attend that will be taught by ex-wives and ex-girlfriends of guys like us to pay for our sins. All I can say is we must make it worth it!!! We must sin like heck because we will have to pay...oh yes...we will have to pay!

NOTE: Some guys are single...their lives are different and it does not apply to this post.

You will accumulate boxes of crap parts that you will spend hours washing and cleaning to realize you have only a box full of chrome shiny things that are worth $5.00 each if you are lucky.

Sometimes though...you will get that occasional rare bike or part that make it all worth while. A rare Singer, Bianchi, Colnago, Gloria, Mario Confente, or maybe a Rene Hearse. The chance of the occasional rare Campagnolo rear derailluer, a Universal 51 brake set complete with rolled back levers, a MTB bike frame, or a set of killer set of Phil Woods' hubs. To each his own!!

The smell of Simple Green will excite you. You will find perfect containers for washing each kind of part increasing your productivity in cleaning these said parts. You will find containers to keep these clean parts in like little treasure chest. You will have Campagnolo, Shimano, Suntour, goodies among others. You will have bikes of various brands according to your taste and interest as they change. You will buy them to ride them....yeah right! Well...most of them anyway.

I plan on getting rid of about half of my bikes, frames, and parts this spring ~ culling what I thought I had to have but turns out I didn't. This will atone some of my sins. I highly suggest you flip the bikes you don't want and give your wife atleast some of the money you make on the sale. Trust me on this. Brownie points won't come often as you sin but will help you swim against the current.

Glad you're here amongst the condemned...I have been into bikes for about 9 months. Seeya on the flipflop and good luck!

Pics of my bikes on my Flickr link ~ enjoy!: http://www.flickr.com/photos/umpire54/sets/

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umpire54, you know it's funny, was googleing around looking for info on the Centurion and I found your pictures on flickr before you posted this. Wow, those are some really classic bikes you have there! You've done a fantastic job of restoring them. Thanks for the advice!
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I had the same Centurion and loved it. Now that the bike bug has bitten it's time to make it pay for itself. That's how I can manage to keep my significant other off my case (most of the time). If you don't ride it let it go, and hopefully at a profit.
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Five years ago I only had 3 bikes, my wife suggested that I get a new bike instead of a motorcycle, I have added 5 bikes to the fleet since that time. Talk about OCD. I am slowing down for a little while, since my wife reminded me that may daughter (who?) is going to college in two years.
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Ok abarth, here are your pictures. I think these are the most appropriate for a good reference for all things horse. Now, remember when you review these images how much easier it is to maintain a 531 Peugeot compared to a ride of the equine variety -- horses eat lots of food, shoes aren't cheap, need more attention than a dog or cat, and the vet bills are $$$$. If your wife wants one then she'll want another so it will have a friend. Check these out and draw your own conclusions......




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