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Fun With Unboxing (Peugeot Fibre De Carbone Content)

Old 05-17-12, 07:37 PM
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Fun With Unboxing (Peugeot Fibre De Carbone Content)

It's fun to be Santa and little Jimmy all in one, and even better when you don't have to wait for December.

Today I unboxed three packages that arrived here last week, but that I wasn't able to get to, what with work being crazily sucky.

The first was one of those things you stumble across and think "hmm, that could be a good deal, or it could be a small mistake". It was a black Modolo ergo bar complete with old Diacompe aero levers, very dirty cloth tape, and dangling cables, exactly as someone had yanked it out of the bike, stem and all. The stem is a Mavic 100mm and even with a spot of probably-fixable road rash on the top of the clamp, I thought the whole shebang was worth $26. I'd all but given up on finding a Mavic stem that I could afford.

The second was a box of used rims. There are two C&V bikes here that need new wheels, and I've been looking for vintage Mavic clincher rims with no success. I mean, no success finding them at reasonable prices. So the chance of getting six used MA40 rims for $88 seemed worth taking. They seem straight, the braking surfaces aren't too worn, and I'm sure I can get one good wheelset from them; probably two; maybe three. At $15 a rim, complete with all the spokes, that might or might not be usable, I'm not risking much.

The third was a box that came with a stomach-sinking hole ripped in its side.



But the frame had been incredibly well packed, and was unscathed.



Remove the foam wrap, and we see this:



This old warrior is in very nice condition. All the decals are present, with one scrape on the seat tube decal and a couple of missing bits from the "Fibre De Carbone" lettering, that I think I can fix if I want to. Minimal signs of use. Came with some original literature, which I was too excited to read. I weighed and photographed it - 1353g the frame and 488g the fork for a 22 inch c-t-c frame, marked "56 57" - and was about to pack it back up when my wife walked into the yard and caught me fondling my carbon mistress. "What are you going to do with it?". "Uh, I might hang her in my office." "No! You have to build it into a bike. That is so beautiful." Yeah, I married well.

Now the frame is wrapped up and stashed in the basement while I ponder. In the short run, it will be a wall-hanger. I've too many projects. Yet it is never too early to start looking for parts. Once I decide how to build her, that is.

I have most of a Campagnolo Record 9/10 speed drive train sitting extra in the basement. But I think I'd like this bike to be French all the way. Whether that means period French or later French, I don't know. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 05-17-12, 07:44 PM
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That is an extremely cool looking bike. If it were me I'd skip the French stuff and throw the Campy on it. You know, right continent and all. Also I feel like these future-retro bikes deserve more future than retro.
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Well, if it hangs on the wall long enough, there will eventually be affordable used EPS gruppos . . . and I'll be too old to ride by then . . .
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Awesome bike - please do post pictures when it's built up!
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Beautiful frame, congrats! If I were a cynical person, I'd suspect that somebody in the shipping facility saw the "fragile" decal and interpreted it as "kick here."
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Fantastic! Congratulations jyl!,

It finally came in! It was just as much a suspenseful thing for me waiting for your post to announce its arrival.
I suggest you don't rush the build on this beauty and think out the best component make up for you as you'd like to do it right and do it once if possible.
Just hang her up for a little while and absorb the joy that you got yourself a very sought after Peugeot grail bike in such fine condition! My Alan Carbonio frame came very similarly packaged by Schnibop and it made it through delivery perfect too! I wish other would learn to pack as well as these sellers we just dealt with.
Try not to listen to French component naysayers as a bike like this will work with the best made by Simplex,Spidel, Mavic and Stronglight, and will make a fine milestome bike to represent the twilight of the great French bike companies that sadly passed on shortly after this frame was made, including what Peugeot was as a bicycle company.
(I suggest a Pascal Simon/Peugeot Team TDF replica build)
Have fun with the PY10FC and I'm glad you wife loves it too!

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I went looking for contemporary images of the PY10FC as raced in the mid-1980s. There are quite a few, though I can't seem to post them inline. Anyway, what components do you all see here? Supposing I was going to build a 1983 TDF replica . . .

https://roadbikeaction.com/contentima...peugeot027.jpg

https://www.velocompetition.com/IMG/jpg/Simon_Pascal.jpg

https://www.thewashingmachinepost.net...ert_millar.jpg

I was happy to see that cyclomundo has most of the correct decals. That will make it easier to ride the bike without feeling too fussy.

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For some reason the French bicycle bug never really bit me aside from an appreciation for some Mavic components. Having said that, I am absolutely in love with that frame. Major score. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Wowzas.
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The first image with Pascal Simon lifting the bike over his head looks to be a good baseline build basis. I see a Stronglight 107 crank there, but the brakes don't look that familiar to me. They could be top of the line Weinmann Carreras. I don't theink they are Spidel LS1s but those will be a good alternative if you cannot find the proper Weinmanns. The RD seems to be a special team issue Simplex LJ 4400/5500 type with I think, drilled jockey cages and painted or anodized balck pivots. I saw one of those in NOS condition go through eBay about three years ago, but it went for a lot of money (around 200 bucks) and I was broke, so I did not go for it (Rats!). I have not seen another one since, except in this Pascal Simon image.. An SLJ5500 will work in its place, combined with later clamp-on style Simplex retrofriction shifters, with the "windowed" lever body. A servicable set just sold at ebay about a week ago, so they do pop up once in a while. You can also just buy aSimplex DT double lever clamp and combine them with retrofrictions you can get separately. Can't see what the Saddle is, but it could be a Reydel or a Selle Italia Turbo. Reydel's pretty hard to find these days in any kind of decent condition but both will work nicely with the PY10FC.

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