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Help with a Peugeot(6 posts)

Help with a Peugeotbig fred
Jun 10, 2003 3:52 PM
Picked up a Peugeot road bike and trying to figure out what it is.

Peugeot logo on top tube with a checkered pattern in the background going towards the seat lug.

Vitus 181 tubing.

Shimano 600 drivetrain.

Suzue hubs and Sake bars in a very narrow width (odd for such a large bike).

Any ideas?

I have serial numbers if that helps...
I'll guess and say a UO-8.Dave Hickey
Jun 10, 2003 5:33 PM
I don't think it's a PX-10. I don't think PX-10's came with vitus tubing
I'll guess and say a UO-8.M_Currie
Jun 10, 2003 7:30 PM
I don't think UO8's came with Vitus tubing either. At least, not the old ones. Mine, and all the ones I've seen, said something like "Tube Special Peugeot."
More details?Alexx
Jun 11, 2003 4:44 AM
Vitus made most of the cheapest tubing on old Peugeot bikes (something they probably wish they hadn't done now, BTW), so that tends to tell me that it isn't a great frame-probably gas-pipe UO-8. The Suzue hubs and Sakae bars mean one of 2 things-either this was a late 'bike-boom' model (early to mid 80's?), or these were added later. The Shimano 600 drivetrain would confirm either hypothesis. Is there a sticker saying where the bike was made? If it's made in Taiwan, it's an 80's model. OTOH, if the bike is French-made, I'd have to say that it's just a mutt (and, if the bars are odd-sized, that's probably the case). Does it have suicide levers?

Either way, it's only worth whatever the components are worth. Maybe $50, in perfect condition.
Definitely not a UO-8,,.eddie m
Jun 11, 2003 5:04 AM
UO-8's were the bottom of the line in the early 70's, with steel cottered cranks, steel rims and carbon steel frames. Vitus frames are generally pretty nice, and lots of guys raced on them back in the day. Shimano 600 was replaced by Ultegra, so that's pretty good also. With all the Japanese components, it may even have ISO standard threads, which is a real bonus if you want to ride it. My guess is it's a nice bike from the mid-80's, but not a collector's item. Convert it to fixed gear if the gears changers don't work, and ride it.
There is a lot of information about Peugeots out there at Classic Rendezvous and other sites. I don't understand the fascination with French bikes, but almost any Peugeot is worth a try on Ebay.
Wasn't the A0-8 (my college bike!) even a step lower?cory
Jun 11, 2003 8:06 AM
Seems to me I remember buying an A0-8 for $105 instead of kicking in the extra 20 bucks to get alloy rims and chrome fork tips on the U0-8 back in about 1972. I was brand new to cycling, just out of the Army, and the steel rims were a huge mistake. Components were Huret, mostly, which I think gave way to Shimano in the early/mid-'80s. Cottered cranks and French threads, which I think lasted until about the same time. Stem was the convenient 22.0mm diameter French size instead of the 22.2 (called "one inch," for some reason) that every other road bike in the world used, so there was no interchangeability.
At a guess, yours would be newer than mine, say mid-'80s, but I can't place it closer than that.