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Peugot Ventoux: sell or abandon?(4 posts)

Peugot Ventoux: sell or abandon?killermustard
Dec 14, 2002 7:41 AM
A relative has a old Peugot Ventoux that he bought about 15/20 years ago. It has a Reynolds 501 (is that good?) frame and fork, with a Sachs Huret drivetrain. A couple of years ago, I did him a favor and totally tuned the bike, including packing the bearings. I killed several hours, b/c the bike was in miserable shape. Despite all this work, my relative didn't even ride the damn thing; so he felt bad and insisted that I have it.

I know nothing about the quality of the bike or its components except that it's too big for me (a 61 cm frame for my 6' height), and pretty light at about 22 or 23 pounds.

I was thinking about selling it, but don't have any idea of its worth. Should I just give it to the Salvation Army?
I wouldn't consign it to the Salvation ArmyWalter
Dec 14, 2002 2:52 PM
except maybe for a big tax write off but then you'll have to determine value anyways.

501 Buttonfly jeans are pretty cool but I don't know much about Reynolds 501. Raleigh used a few 5 series tubes over the years (555 comes to mind) and they're all considered decent if not 531 quality. If your weight estimate is accurate it should be pretty decent.

Peugeots tend to sell on eBay. A PX10 went for over $7K though that was an anamoly. Considering you got it for a few hours labor I'd consider eBay. You also might want to ask about it on the "Vintage Lightweight" discussions over at A few hangout there who know their Peugeots.
try thisdesmo
Dec 14, 2002 3:30 PM
Convert it to a fixed gear than sell on ebay. Not much work except for ditching a bunch of parts, adding a track cog and redishing rear wheel. Check out the seller "cino59", he sells these stripped down garage sale rejects and gets good money for 'em (drills the buyer on shipping as well). Can't believe it works but.... Anyway if you do a nice job, I'm sure you would double what you would get for it stock.
try thiseddie m
Dec 16, 2002 2:10 PM
It will definitely sell better on Ebay if you convert it to fixed. If it has one of those junky Helicomatic hubs, you will need to replace it, but you can easily sell a classic Helicomatic hub on Ebay also.