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Old 08-03-08, 01:52 PM
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Newbie: FG project

First post- So i picked this bike up from a relative's house this weekend in CT. I am planning to turn it into a FG, thus, i am requesting some help. Can someone list out all the things i will need to purchase for this conversion. Also, would anyone like to inform me of what kind of bike it actually is? I think it is a Stodda maybe (it is made in france)? It is hard to read the fancy writing on the frame. Thanks for the help.
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Old 08-03-08, 02:18 PM
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i love that frame!
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Old 08-03-08, 05:14 PM
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Thanks. And i did a bunch of searches before making this post, but i couldn't find the info i was looking for. Sorry if this is a repost.
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Old 08-03-08, 05:36 PM
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great color man, post pictures of anything you do, we love to see projects
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Old 08-03-08, 06:35 PM
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Can anyone suggest some hints on an easy way to separate the handlebars from the fork and then the fork from the frame? I already took out the bole that went through the top of the handlebars into the fork, and i also took off the large bole the sat just above the neck of the frame...
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Old 08-03-08, 06:56 PM
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Just take all of the junk off you dont need. My conversion cost $200 w/ labor.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:05 PM
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sounds like your wedge bolt is seized and rusted to your fork. Use some PB Breaker if you cant twist the stem after you have soaked it with that stuff you might have to knock it through from the bottom of the fork with a long 5/8ths pin and a heavy hammer (could ruin your stem.)

I wouldn't touch that bike until I found out what it was, but it does look like it might be a lower end bike from the early 80's. Plus everyone I know who owns a french bike hates how hard they are to get parts.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:09 PM
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If its from the early 80's you might not have anything to worry about as far as french parts go.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:15 PM
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Get a book on bike repair. Or look at Park Tool's website. Or something.

The wedge is not necessarily seized. You just took the whole bolt out. Put the bolt back in. It connects to a wedge. You need to bang it down by hitting the top of the bolt, preferably when it's screwed in and ~1cm above the stem. This knocks the wedge loose, and the stem assembly slides out.
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And pleeeeeeaase don't paint that frame it looks awesome!!
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so....does that mean an old Peugeot isn't a great candidate for a fixed gear project? (asking 'cause I was thinking of said project)
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Old 08-03-08, 07:49 PM
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Old Peugeots are terrible candidates for conversion. Avoid them like the plague.
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well i got the fork/stem/handlebar situation figured out. I like the color of the bike now, but the paint is beat up, so i shall be repainting it soon...
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Old 08-03-08, 09:02 PM
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The paint doesn't look bad. Seriously, that's probably the best thing the bike has going for it.
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kickstand is cool.
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what kind of rear hub does it have? i have learned from experience that, no matter how carefully you set up a suicide hub, it will fail. get a track hub with a lock ring.
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Old French bikes are known to have french threading on the fork and BB.

There is a great video tutorial that someone else posted:

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/colu...age/indexb.htm

It has got some really good tips on French stuff. Hope this helps.
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i swear somebody has that exact frame on the forums...
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Originally Posted by fiataccompli View Post
so....does that mean an old Peugeot isn't a great candidate for a fixed gear project? (asking 'cause I was thinking of said project)
They're really not that bad if the PITA parts are still there and serviceable. In particular, as long as you have the stem and the bottom bracket cups are in good shape, you can still switch up your bottom bracket spindle and the rest of your drivetrain (if that's even necessary). If the bb cups were gone/shot, that would probably be a deal-breaker. I think Kemmer is actually a pretty big Peugeot conversion fan, but I haven't seen him posting around here lately.
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Old 08-04-08, 01:39 PM
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so....does that mean an old Peugeot isn't a great candidate for a fixed gear project? (asking 'cause I was thinking of said project)
I did a '72 peugeot, and it looks awesome and rides great. But it is a quest, not a conversion. It took me 6 months to finally get it right and I had to spend $130 on the bottom bracket alone! You really have to want it to do a French conversion because there are a thousand easier routes from Kilo TT to 80s Japanese steel.
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i have a 70's peugeot fixie as well. i used the stock thin cups and found a cheap italian bb spindle from craigslist and that solved all problems in regards to the bottom bracket. the only thing to watch out for is that when you pedal, it might loosen the cups because they are reverse thread.
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