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anybody know what year/model this is?spewak
Jul 30, 2002 1:15 AM
first a bit about me since i'm new here: i haven't had a bicycle since high school but i wanted to start riding again and i decided a retro 10-speed was the way to go because i figured it'd be a cheap way to get back into bicycling and i love the style. i hadn't been following the bicycle scene and had no idea that anybody was into collecting old bikes until i went into a real bicycle store for new bar tape and brake shoes and was shocked to see a row of old 10 speeds with $3-700 price tags. must be in the water.

i bought this for $20 at a thrift store. i know it's a peugot cause it says so. other than the obviously wrong seat it came with period-looking simplex shifters, mafac brakes, and lyotard pedals. the hubs say "normandy" and the rims don't have a manufacturer name on them but also look period with a very odd textured pattern where the brakes make contact, almost like an aztec design, which i have never seen anything like. the pedals on it now are campagnolos i bought for $5. the toe-clips are integrated into the design and the straps are leather. it all needed some TLC as purchased but as you can see it cleaned up well with some simple green and elbow grease, and all operates fine after a bit of lube and adjustment. it was also purchased as-is and i have no idea what model or year any of it is.

so what is this thing? and is it any good? and did i get ripped off or did i make out like a bandit? even if it's obsolete to a racer, suffice it to say i've been having a blast on it and ride it just about every day. (btw, the odd handlebar arrangement is my doing, but this feels much more comfortable to me than holding onto the brake lever hoods. oh and the ugly lock is cause i ride it around town, i'd love to find a more elegant solution for that if anybody has tips.)
re: anybody know what year/model this is?Walter
Jul 30, 2002 7:08 AM
$20 is never a rip-off for a bike that gives you day to day enjoyment.

Model? My guess is UO-8 of early-mid 1970s vintage. Toward the end of the '70s the shifters would probably be up on the stem. Sounds like common steel rims like Rigida. The braking area of the rim was textured so the brakes could at least minimally function on a wet rim.

I've given similar advice about Schwinns but if you go to www.oldroads.com and check out their "vintage lightweight" board there's a guy ther who sold/rode Peugeots back when you're bike was new and can tell you if I'm wrong or not, though I'm pretty sure I'm in the ballpark.

Welcome aboard!
FWIW, I agree--UO-8 or possibly AO-8, from the '70scory
Jul 30, 2002 7:38 AM
My first "real" bike was an AO-8 (the cheaper one; I paid $105) I bought in college about 1970 or '71. The more expensive model, the UO-8, had chrome fork blades like yours, while AO-8s were painted. I thought UO-8s came with aluminum rims, too, but I could be wrong on that. Mine were steel, as you described, stout but impossible to stop in the wet. Simplex and Mafac are same as mine; I don't remember what kind of pedals I had. Came with a non-Brooks leather saddle, brand name maybe Ideale.
I rode it regularly for about 10 years, then as a kid carrier/beater for another five or so. Finally gave it to the Salvation Army sometime in the '90s.
In an issue of the Rivendell Reader several months ago, Grant Petersen ran a story about those old derailleurs, which a lot of people loved. You might be able to get a copy at www.rivendellbicycles.com
I have seen "dimpled" aluminum rimsWalter
Jul 30, 2002 10:30 AM
come to think of it so you may well be right. I owned a French bike but it was a Motobecane.

More than anything the QR hubs makes me think UO-8.
its impossible to be ripped off for 20 bucks.Steve_0
Jul 30, 2002 7:38 AM
sorry, dont know the details.
sounds like you scored well ....Spirito
Jul 30, 2002 1:48 PM
it doesn't look like a super collector frame but its summ of parts sound cool.

looks cool with the brakes set up as per your liking.

if you still have the lyotard pedals i may be interested in them (9/16 thread ? any pics?)

ciao
ask and ye shall receivespewak
Jul 30, 2002 3:08 PM
kinda rusty but the wheels looked worse and they polished up fine. askin' the wrong guy about the thread, i'm still not up to speed on all the different standards. how can i tell?
damn .. those reflectorsSpirito
Jul 30, 2002 4:47 PM
was thinking for a cheap set that i could hook some straps and clips on.

oh well thanks for taking the pic.

ciao
Time warp! Time warp! Those are my pedals, too (nm)Silverback
Jul 30, 2002 8:06 PM
re: anybody know what year/model this is?OMS
Aug 20, 2002 4:21 PM
During my first incarnation in the bike biz, I saw plenty of these bikes. From what I make out in the photo, it appears to have the following: Hi-Tensile steel lugged frame, Simplex "Prestige" derailleurs (made of a plastic called Delrin with sheet metal reinforcements), 27inch dimpled braking surface rims made by Rigida, Mafac "Racer" center-pull brakes. The bike pictured appears to be a 1973 or 1974 model UO-8. I believe they sold for $200-225US.
This component package was common on many of the French bikes imported during the mid-1970s.
(Please flip those brake levers right side up.)