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First attempt at restoration and it is a Peugeot

Old 08-11-13, 06:30 AM
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First attempt at restoration and it is a Peugeot

I picked up my father in law's old Peugeot this week and would like to restore it. All I know about it is that it was purchased used in the early 80's and has not been ridden in at least 20 years. First I want to identify the model and approximate year and then move into fixing it. I have never done this before but I do some of my own wrenching on my road bike. Any help is much appreciated.
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Early 1970's AO-8, no chrome on fork. Hang onto the valuable saddle. Nice to have a smaller chainring than the normal 52/48 setup.
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Decals are appropriate to a 77 A08.
Saddle, short-cage Prestige and DT shifters would be earlier - so possibly a transitional ~76 A08.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
Decals are appropriate to a 77 A08.
Saddle, short-cage Prestige and DT shifters would be earlier - so possibly a transitional ~76 A08.
Auchencrow knows far more than me!
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Auchencrow knows far more than me!
No I don't. Randy Jawa knows more than you!

Hokie - Check out Randy's "My Ten Speeds" site - It has a lot of useful info for you in getting your rehab underway. Er, um - I mean the BIKE's rehab!
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
No I don't. Randy Jawa knows more than you!

Don't be so modest Auchencrow, you have a much deeper knowledge than this noob!

But T-Mar knows more about makes and models than anyone on the planet, including RandyJawa.

How come they're both Canadians?
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We have long winters with nothing better to do!

I think the mafac suicide levers are fairly unique as well - haven't seen them all original like that before with the hood rubbers, suicide levers and plastic lever cover.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
.... T-Mar knows more about makes and models than anyone on the planet, including RandyJawa.

How come they're both Canadians?
- And you can throw Sixty-fiver into that mix too. I think it's some kind of Canadian conspiracy!
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Don't be so modest Auchencrow, you have a much deeper knowledge than this noob!

But T-Mar knows more about makes and models than anyone on the planet, including RandyJawa.

How come they're both Canadians?
Who would win in a fight, T-mar or god? Trick question.. T-mar is god of identifying old bikes around here.
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Who would win in a fight, T-mar or god? Trick question.. T-mar is god.
Careful R.S. - You may get this thread banished to P&R!
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
Careful R.S. - You may get this thread banished to P&R!
Your quote seems to be a misquote.. I don't know of what you speak.
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This was bought in Montreal and I just brought it across the border yesterday so the Canadian input is appropriate.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
- And you can throw Sixty-fiver into that mix too. I think it's some kind of Canadian conspiracy!
No doubt!

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Who would win in a fight, T-mar or god? Trick question.. T-mar is god of identifying old bikes around here.
But T-Mar's a bit weak on Schwinn, probably a Canadian weakness. Scooper has a Schwinn PhD.

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OP I must admit I am not a Peugeot fan, I am however a huge fan of people fixing up inherited bikes out of love so I really like this one. The Mafac brakes on your bike are some of the best from that era btw, you can put new kool stop pads on them and they'll stop extremely well. Do you care about it being stock/period correct or do you plan to do some "improvements"?

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Originally Posted by markk900 View Post
We have long winters with nothing better to do!

I think the mafac suicide levers are fairly unique as well - haven't seen them all original like that before with the hood rubbers, suicide levers and plastic lever cover.
There's nothing unusual about those. Most buyers insisted on "safety" levers when I worked in a Peugeot shop. The half hoods and plastic lever covers are factory.

Didn't they switch to stem shifters in about 1975?
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OP I must admit I am not a Peugeot fan, I am however a huge fan of peopling fixing up inherited bikes out of love so I really like this one. The Mafac brakes on your bike are some of the best from that era btw, you can put new kool stop pads on them and they'll stop extremely well. Do you care about it being stock/period correct or do you plan to do some "improvements"?
I would like to reuse as much as possible and only replace parts that won't work. Certainly the tires and bar tape need to be replaced. I also think the cables and housing need to be replaced but beyond that, it appears to be in good condition.
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I would like to reuse as much as possible and only replace parts that won't work. Certainly the tires and bar tape need to be replaced. I also think the cables and housing need to be replaced but beyond that, it appears to be in good condition.
Ugly is not only skin deep, check out the link:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ht=super+sport
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I managed to clean the front wheel enough to see "made in France" and 1977.
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Welcome to the Peugeot madness. I'm in the middle of my first resto on a UO8 and then bought another on Friday. Parts cam be a little tricky but the experts here tell me they can be had with a little patience.
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The stem and bars on these are a little dicey if you plan on riding it hard.

Google search "death stem", and make your own decisions on whether to use as is or replace.
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Here are a couple of links to some good info on Peugeots that will help you learn more about your bike; serial numbers, decals, year by year featurs and some good catalog scans. I have two Peugeots in my collection, a white '69 UO-18 Mixte frame and a '71 green UO-8. Both are in need of restoration. Good luck with yours.

https://cyclespeugeot.com/

https://retropeugeot.com/
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Every plastic Simplex FD I have come across is the last five years was cracked, usually somewhere in the clamp area. The RDs, while they have problems, seem to me more durable.
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Every plastic Simplex FD I have come across is the last five years was cracked, usually somewhere in the clamp area. The RDs, while they have problems, seem to me more durable.
You nailed that one. The FD clamp is cracked. So is it worth trying to find a Simplex replacement online or should I replace the FD with something else? Are there FD's out there that will work with down tube shifters? My goal here is to make this bike look awesome and to be able to ride it around the neighborhood or to the store or pool so no group or long rides. It is a little small for me anyway.

Be gentle on me as I am a rookie at restoration. Wrenching skills on my other bikes consists of replacing chains and cassettes, tires, adjusting saddle height, etc. I have taken it to the shop for cable replacement. I am hoping too use this experience to learn and expand my skill set.
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Interesting side note is the front wheel is stamped with 1977 but the 1977 catalog page for the AO-8 shows stem mounted shifters. Everything else about the photo on the catalog page looks the same.
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Vintage suntour gt fd will be good.
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