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Old 08-06-12, 08:15 PM
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Need help determining peugeot condition

There's a peugeot up for trade for my phat cycle's fixed gear bike. I like the peugeot bikes but i just dont know if its a good trade since the peugeot shows some rust and front brakes dont work correctly. Ill post the pictures
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Old 08-06-12, 08:27 PM
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Looks like it hasn't been serviced since the day it was purchased, 35-40 years ago. Either you can do the work or pay someone 150-$250 to get it ready-to-ride. Is the front fork symmetrical? I can't tell from the photos.

As-is value is $60 +/-$ 15 IMHO.
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Well, it's a green UO-8, that's for sure. It's heavy but also widely acknowledged to be about the plushest-riding bike ever made. Unfortunately, they all need work to bring them up to modern standards. Replacing the crank and bottom bracket, the "crank axle" will shed about 3 pounds and some dollars. Replacing the wheels with aluminum units will drop about 3 mpre pounds and some more money. Good tires will add to the ride, and are cheaper than you think. When all is said and done, look to spend between 2 and 3 hundred to get it into shape, but you'll have something many, many people love passionately. Maybe you'll be one of them.
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Old 08-06-12, 09:22 PM
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Yeah, mid-70's maybe, UO8. I don't know about it being the plushest-riding bike ever made but it might just be the best riding inexpensive bike of that time period, and possibly ever. Properly upgraded they are quite nice.

You must be one big dude if that bike fits you. It's huge.

The most remarkable thing about that one is that it seems to have all the original parts except the frame pump. The thing is, those Simplex derailleurs were typically tossed after a year or two by most owners who rode them very much, replaced by Suntour VGT Luxe or Vx or similar. The front derailleur clamp could crack, and the rear could break or at least get sloppy. The freewheel cogs look worn, but that may be a trick of the light.

At some point in the mid-70's Peugeot downgraded the wheels and crank to those more like what the cheaper AO8 had, presumably to keep cost down for competitive reasons. That bike looks like it has the cheaper version. Still, that's not a big deal because the most best thing you can do is upgrade the wheels and the crank to aluminum alloy. It will be lighter, and also brake much better when wet, which means safer. And because it seems not to have had much care the bearings in the hubs and bottom bracket most certainly need attention, probably the headset too.

So is it a good trade? That depends on the value of your other bike.
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Sort of depends on your DIY comfort level, too, not to mention the various French threads and sizes that are decidedly different than many of the parts you may want to use if you're considering "upgrading." The front derailleur may crack and break the first time you shift, or it may last another decade... that's the Simplex "Delrin Dilemma!" Or instead of upgrading, you could clean it up and just ride it... thing is, with a fair amount of sweat equity you could do a lot with this bike and (possibly) spend only a little if you are lucky and the parts aren't toast. Surprisingly, it often turns out that cleaning reveals a mechanically sound mechanism.
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Old 08-06-12, 09:38 PM
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Thanks this is a lot of help. If you wanted to make a comparison for the bike id be trading for here is a link to the phat cycle site where the specs for the fixed gear can be found. http://www.phatcycles.com/Phattitude/phixie.htm
thanks again for all the help
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