Peugeot Frame - Rebuild help

by jimmylolly   October 3, 2013  

Hey,

I wonder if anyone can help. I found an old Peugeot road bike frame that i would like to rebuild. However I have no idea where to start. It's just a frame, no forks, nothing. It looks lovely so If I can give it another live, i'd like to try. I understand French bike have slightly different sizes.

Does anyone know where I could look for parts online?

Many thanks for any help.

James

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Do you have a model or any identifying marks or serial numbers?

What are we looking at, full restoration to original spec? (going to cost a decent budget)

OR, getting it up and running like you want it?

So you'll be needing

Fork
Bars
Groupset (6/7 speed)?
Downtube shifters
Wheels

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posted by Gkam84 [8133 posts]
3rd October 2013 - 22:13

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I refurbished a Peugeot last year. They are a bit of a pain to get parts for because, as you say, they are differently sized to standard frames.

Most threaded parts are metric, but it does depend on the year.

Bottom brackets are usually French or Swiss. You can get new French threaded BBs but not Swiss - the solution there is to use a Velo Orange threadless BB, which I can recommend. Their stuff is generally really good actually.

Headset will quite likely be 24mm, rather than 1". Again, Velo Orange make one of those.

I found the really tricky bit to be the seatpost. These are often odd sizes - I just could not get a replacement. Luckily, the one I had was ok, and could be re-used.

It's possible to use modern bits on an old frame, although purists will frown upon it. Assuming it's steel, you can re-space the rear forks to take 130mm wide hubs (standard for modern wheels). I fitted 700c wheels rather than 27", which meant a surprising amount of mucking around to get the original brakes to work.

Velo Orange and Brick Lane Bikes make a lot of nice bits you can put onto an older bike that will look right.

posted by cpmirror [1 posts]
3rd October 2013 - 22:38

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There is a good Facebook site called 'Cycles Peugeot' who are very friendly and are a mine of information.
I have details somewhere of an on-line Peugeot site that has specs and pictures of Peugeot bikes going back years that could help you identify what you have and also a site that does replica decals. Can't put my finger on them at the moment but PM me if you're interested and I'll try and sort them out this evening.

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posted by jova54 [525 posts]
4th October 2013 - 7:42

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Thanks for all the comments. Most helpful. When I get home this evening i'll take a photo and see if I can get the model etc.

I have spare standard wheels so if I can use them then all the better.

I'm basically looking to get it running, thats about it initially.

Thanks again!

posted by jimmylolly [3 posts]
4th October 2013 - 9:29

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I had an c. 1983 Peugot frame - I _think_ the seatpost is 24.2. A friend of my Dad had a lathe and milled (is that the right word?) a MIche one down for me.

Mine was their bog-standard "Carbolite 103" frameset in a beautiful "Pearl White". 12 speed and a funky built in cycle computer in the stem! I am still a sucker for gimmicks Wink

Not sure if the bottom-bracket was English, Italian or something completely non-standard or not.

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posted by nicdoye [13 posts]
4th October 2013 - 11:18

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'Turned' is the word you're looking for there. Milled is a bit different - a milling machine can do all sorts of shapes, whereas a lathe just turns.
I wish I had a lathe.

posted by bashthebox [527 posts]
4th October 2013 - 11:53

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The folk on Retrobike.co.uk are helpful for information, advice and sourcing of authentic parts.

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posted by Crosshouses [142 posts]
4th October 2013 - 13:35

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Had a quick look and found the following;
www.cyclespeugeot.com have sales catalogues going back to 1970s and before with pictures which should help you identify the frame.
www.hlloydcycles.com do replacement decals. You can download a pdf of their catalogue.
Hope this helps

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posted by jova54 [525 posts]
4th October 2013 - 17:12

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