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Old 01-22-09, 11:55 AM
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Just finished my uber-commuter build!

Hi all,

This winter I have been commuting on my mountain bike, and while I love riding my mountain bike in the dirt and on trails, it is not the most ideal commuting bike. The road salt has completely destroyed my rear hub and cassette, the chain is done for, and my cranks are starting to look really beat up so I decided it would be a good time to build up a budget winter commuter around an old Peugeot road frame I've had lying around for months.

When I got the frame, it only had the stem, forks, and crankset attached.
After buying a wheelset, cog, bars and tape, and using parts I've had collecting dust in the parts bin I proudly present to you my $225 Canadian (that's like $47 US) FG Uber Commuter:







I haven't put the fenders or lighting system on it yet but those will be going on before my ride to work tomorrow.
I took her out for the test ride around the block last night and holy hell this bike is fast, responsive, and oh so smooth!
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Old 01-22-09, 12:37 PM
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Beautiful bike, nice job!
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Nice. Looks like you've got plenty of room for fenders, and that color'll make you visible no matter what. Commuting fixed is where it's at.
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That is one sweet looking bike. Please post more pics when you put the fenders and lights on!
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Old 01-22-09, 03:07 PM
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thanks everyone, I will do that as soon as I have time.
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Wow your kitchen is nice and clean.

Nice bike too.
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Originally Posted by rugerben View Post
Wow your kitchen is nice and clean.

Nice bike too.
Ha!
Thanks, for some reason dirty dishes are my pet peeve. If there are more than four dirty dishes sitting on the counter I start getting twitchy.
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Nice bike.
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Nice bike!

I lived in Saskatoon for a lot of years. No matter what temperature we were at, Winnipeg was always colder ... and windier. I have a lot of respect for anyone commuting in the prairies in the winter.
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Nice job but its only got one gear.
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Isn't it generally suggested that you have 2 brakes if you're not using foot retention?
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beautiful... but it needs a 3-speed hub and then it'd be sweet!
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Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
Nice bike!

I lived in Saskatoon for a lot of years. No matter what temperature we were at, Winnipeg was always colder ... and windier. I have a lot of respect for anyone commuting in the prairies in the winter.
It seems that way sometimes, but this year Saskatchewan has been in the deep freeze. I think our weather has actually been nicer for the most part!

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beautiful... but it needs a 3-speed hub and then it'd be sweet!
Thanks! Do you have any pics of that Peugeot 3 speed in your sig?
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Great looking bike! But then I have a soft spot for Peugeots.

Here's mine:

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Nice bike. I used to commute on this Peugeot.
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Originally Posted by darkfinger View Post
Hi all,

This winter I have been commuting on my mountain bike, and while I love riding my mountain bike in the dirt and on trails, it is not the most ideal commuting bike. The road salt has completely destroyed my rear hub and cassette, the chain is done for, and my cranks are starting to look really beat up so I decided it would be a good time to build up a budget winter commuter around an old Peugeot road frame I've had lying around for months.

When I got the frame, it only had the stem, forks, and crankset attached.
After buying a wheelset, cog, bars and tape, and using parts I've had collecting dust in the parts bin I proudly present to you my $225 Canadian (that's like $47 US) FG Uber Commuter:







I haven't put the fenders or lighting system on it yet but those will be going on before my ride to work tomorrow.
I took her out for the test ride around the block last night and holy hell this bike is fast, responsive, and oh so smooth!
Dude I totally want to endo your bike, its rad! I am being serious by the way. I want it.

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Hey everyone thanks for the positive comments!

I love seeing the other Peugeots as well...anyone else have pics of their old Peugeots they wish to share? This would be a good thread to post them in...
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Originally Posted by Sigurdd50 View Post
beautiful... but it needs a 3-speed hub and then it'd be sweet!
I am thinking about doing that on my SE Lager fixed gear commuter. There is a rear wheel with a nexus 8speed hub with lever on CL for $225. Would it work with my bike? BTW I love the color on this pugeot. What tires are those?
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nice bike! but if you're going to ride brakeless, you need foot retention (either clipless or clips/straps)
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Originally Posted by nahh View Post
nice bike! but if you're going to ride brakeless, you need foot retention (either clipless or clips/straps)
It's not brakeless, there is a front brake on it.

And I love the color... though for me, I absolutely must have gears (what with the mountain pass I need to get through), but if I had a flatter commute I'd be envious.

How about a rack now?
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Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
Great looking bike! But then I have a soft spot for Peugeots.

Here's mine:

I've got that same bike. First, it was road bike, then a commuter, now a fixie. Kinda low-end parts (which I stripped off), but it's got a nice frame.



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Looks nice! but, as other have said, foot retention is probably a good idea. I know you have a brake, but foot retention is important for another reason: getting a foot off the pedals while riding downhill can be a nightmare.
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Originally Posted by sunburst View Post
I've got that same bike. First, it was road bike, then a commuter, now a fixie. Kinda low-end parts (which I stripped off), but it's got a nice frame.



nice, that bike is awesome.

As far as everyone who says I need some toe clips; I agree fully and actually have a pair, just haven't bothered throwing 'em on yet. I will do so tomorrow and take some new pics.

Keep those pretty Peugeot pics coming!
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