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86/87 Peugeot P4 Corbier upgrading/restoration

Old 05-21-14, 10:39 AM
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86/87 Peugeot P4 Corbier upgrading/restoration

Hello all, I have the chance to acquire an 86 or 87 Peugeot P4 Corbier that is quite a bit roughed up. I have been looking into getting an entry level bike, however if I can upgrade/restore a bike though, I'd much prefer that (I'm a big car guy, and mechanically inclined).

The frame appears to be in good shape aside from a decent amount of scratches. Almost everything else needs to be replaced though.

Must replace:
Wheels (bent, rusted)
Tires
Handle bars (left side is tweaked)
Brake levers
Brake and shift cables
Seat/post
Pedals (need SPD clipless)
Chain
V-brake assemblies, maybe. Brakes are absolutely terrible

Want to replace
Update to a current 8x2 drivetrain (Derailleurs, shifters, cassette, cranks)
Fork (to upgrade v-brakes, would like to go carbon)


With all of that said, does anyone know if I CAN switch to a current 8x2 drivetrain? This bike will get a lot of use, it will not be a show piece. Those 6 extra gears would be great to have! So function > form in this case.

I will need suggestions and recommendations for new parts as finding info for what will fit is ridiculously scarce it seems. If anyone could fill me in on what wheelsets, hubs, and cassettes will fit that would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-21-14, 10:49 AM
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IIRC, the Corbier was pretty low in Peugeot's model line, in fact, it could be at the bottom of the model line. An entry level bike.
Being that it sounds like it's in very rough condition, per your description and the list of items you called out that needs replacing, you might consider moving on to a different bike to restore and ride, as you will end up really upside down on the cost/value factor after you finish the bike. Especially if you consider that a Corbier in good conditions is most likely only worth at most, maybe like a 100 bucks in most markets, and I might be generous with that figure......
My recommendation is to move on and find a better candidate (in better condition) for restoring/upgrading.
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I'm pretty sure that it was either the second lowest, or the lowest end bike they made in those specific years. That's really the only reason that I would consider to bastardize it with upgrades.

I am split between buying a new bike and be done with it, or building one with the added priceless knowledge of how to work on a bike myself. All of this is relatively new territory to me, and would love to learn. This is the only reason I'd consider the P4. If the frame is OK by today's standards, I won't mind the price for the parts.
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If you haven't bought the Peugeot already, I would look for a bike in better shape as a starting point. If you already have the Peugeot, then I would still look for a better bike, and use the Peugeot as a learning tool. You could purchase new parts for the better bike, and transfer any usable old parts over to the Peugeot.
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Originally Posted by flapmeat View Post
I'm pretty sure that it was either the second lowest, or the lowest end bike they made in those specific years. That's really the only reason that I would consider to bastardize it with upgrades.

I am split between buying a new bike and be done with it, or building one with the added priceless knowledge of how to work on a bike myself. All of this is relatively new territory to me, and would love to learn. This is the only reason I'd consider the P4. If the frame is OK by today's standards, I won't mind the price for the parts.
I hate to bring up an old ass thread but I recently did a resto on the same type of Peugeot and was wondering what you ended up doing. Thanks
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