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Vintage Peugeot fixed gear..is it worth it?

Old 10-22-08, 12:11 AM
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Vintage Peugeot fixed gear..is it worth it?

Alright, I've been looking for a fixed gear bike to have some fun with and use on short commutes around town. I found a beautiful Peugeot but the guy wants 450 plus shipping so basically it will come out to just under 500 dollars. Is that an acceptable value or would I be paying too much? Pics and specs below.



Lightweight REYNOLDS 531 frame made in France.
SIMPLEX cranks.
Vintage MAFAC hand brake lever.

Stand over height is 33".
Great for riders approximately 5'9" - 6'3.

The rear wheel has a flip flop track hub - Fixed / Free. Currently set to Fixed.
The front chain ring is 40 tooth. The rear cog is a 14 tooth.
Great all around ratio... works perfectly.

New tires, new wheels, new bar tape, new red chain, new cog and lockring, new brake pads and line.
The bike is incredibly fast and light. Sports one front brake.
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Old 10-22-08, 12:36 AM
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I'd tell you this much: for $500 I'd rather get a S Madison.

$450 and doesn't even have deep v's? come on! Dark alley rip-off
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Quick answer: No f'ing way!

Long Answer: Just because an old road bike has been converted to a fixed gear, it doesn't make it a descent bike. For $500, you are the majority of the way to a brand new road bike with fancy integrated shifters, or you can pay for a number of new single speed or fixed gears out there. You're elevating the value of the bike because you see it as a novelty and trendy "fixed gear", but it is really just a bike that has been stripped of the majority of its parts and had a wheel that does have a coasting feature installed.

Also: Why didn't you ask this in the SS/FG forum?
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yeah you guys are absolutely right..im going to keep checking craigslist, i only want to spend a couple hundred if possible

i guess i didn't post this in the fixie forum because i've grown to trust you guys lol
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Depending on the frame's model and year, you're essentially paying for an increasingly rare classic Peugeot frame. Any late 60's, early 70's PX10 has that rarity factor sought after by vintage bike owners. But only if outfitted with all the original French components. This fixie? Only if I really needed that frame year and size for a complete 10 speed restoration would I pay that price.
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