This steel frame vintage French 70s or 80s ’10-speed’ Peugeot road bike-to-single-speed conversation turned out very well. It started as a $30USD flea market find.
Stripping the perished gears, cables, shifters, seat, rear wheel, cranks and bars took an hour.
Cleaning, greasing, reassembly and adjustment took longer. Some bearing race pitting but, importantly, rare French parts were reused.
I kept the lovely Weinmann alloy ‘side-pull’ brakes.
The seat was an old spring one I reupholstered using a found leather handbag.
The deal included an anachronistic 700c front wheel, which is pretty straight and rolls OK with some warning ball rumble.
Races and ball bearings were fine but cones were pitted and will need replacement.
I found serviceable crank/chain-ring, pedals, bar, tall quill-stem, levers, seat, seat post and QR, fenders, kick-stand and book rack in my parts bin.
I use these Swiss Pletscher alloy cargo/book racks whenever I can find them.
Vintage functionally beautiful classics that have never been equaled. Like this Peugeot.
My pal Johnny at the same big flea market sold me the cool, well used but usable fixie/single-speed, flip/flop hub deep-vee rear wheel. Vaguely sinister looking.
All paint, stickers, decals, headbadge and patina were preserved. All usable and suitable parts were reused.
The ride and handling did not disappoint. Light, quick on turns and springy like steel bikes should be. Good for old people. Now I’m riding French style. I feel so sexy.
Costs (US dollars)
Deep-V used wheel- $25
Brake cables and sheath- $5
Tire and tube- $15
Rack, bars, levers, tall quill stem, seat, post with QR, cranks, pedals, chain-ring and bolts, kickstand, wheel skewer and various fasteners I found in my parts bin.
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