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Old 04-15-19, 02:09 PM
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Peugeot PH10

Peugeot PH10 1982. German model, vintage ava porteur handlebar, mafac racers, rsx derailleurs, not really liking those shorty fenders...and i will probably get some 28mm gumwalls, these 23s are harsh...


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Old 04-16-19, 05:33 PM
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1978 Motobecane Le Champion
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Old 04-16-19, 08:44 PM
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Nice drillium on the Moto!
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Old 05-04-19, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Sedgemop View Post
Just picked up this crusty old Gitane Interclub. It's one of those Interclubs with 531 tubing. It's in pretty rough shape, but I got it for a song. I always like the Suntour barends, and its got a serviceable Brooks saddle too. Should make a good all rounder that I'm not afraid to lock up somewhere. Looking forward to getting it cleaned up and getting that cottered crank off of there. Will probably put on a nice Stronglight. Happy to finally have a French bike. Been on the lookout for a long time. I imagine it's the first of many.




Nice find. I'd like to find a reynolds 531 Gitane like that.
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Old 05-06-19, 11:10 PM
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Cycles St. Etienne commuter

Hi everyone, it's been a while

I thought I could share some pics of my daily commutes.

The first one featured on the GCN Show on YouTube as #gcninspiration last week!







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Old 05-07-19, 06:32 AM
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My 1979 GITANE "Trophée"...before the climb of the "col de l'Izoard"...
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Old 05-07-19, 06:38 AM
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...and during the climb...
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Old 05-07-19, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by friendofpugs View Post




This is a '73 (methinks) TdF I recently put together - it's not OEM but it's "Frenchy" enough. The next phase is to learn to build wheels and relace either Campy NR or NT hubs to some nice modern rims. For now, the bike is rideable "as is" - I know the colors don't exactly match (nor do the components - I have the Universal levers to match the calipers, but I didn't want to cut up the lovely cream bar tape to replace the Mafac levers already installed) but it's good enough for now. I've always wanted an old orange bike and now I've got one.
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Very nice build.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Appears your Roma lass wears Arregui pillar and peds - a most international gal.

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Old 05-07-19, 10:07 AM
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Check out the faux Reynolds sticker on that bike. I remember those circulating around back in the mid 70's. I think I still have 2 or 3. I stuck one on an old English Triumph 3-speed that I rode back and forth to college in 75-76.
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Old 05-12-19, 08:21 AM
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I bought Steve's Peugeot PX-10. Picked it up from him yesterday and we had a short, rainy ride. Had a good time, despite the weather. Steve restored the bike so beautifully and the ride quality is tremendous on these Pugs, as many of you know. First time on tubulars. I sure dig them so far. Wasn't looking to buy another bike. This is my third purchase in the last month. This is too nice of a bike at too good of a price to pass on, though. Pretty sure everybody here understands that feeling.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...62-cm-c-c.html


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Old 05-12-19, 08:35 PM
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Nice bike, but that 531 decal is not what it seems
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Old 05-13-19, 06:30 PM
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Gosh - how did you notice or did you photoshop that? Makes me want to check my 531s - pronto!
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Old 05-14-19, 05:34 AM
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My newly acquired 1972 Gitane TDF reynolds 531 frame/fork , Simplex drops and BCM lugs !
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Old 05-19-19, 08:45 PM
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Great color for your TDF. You'll have fun fixing this up and getting it back on the road.

I really enjoy my white TDF of the same year. It is super responsive, comfortable and a great ride for the last two CA Eroicas.

Enjoy!
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Old 05-20-19, 08:31 AM
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Gosh - how did you notice or did you photoshop that? Makes me want to check my 531s - pronto!
After a bit too much French wine, I was looking at Craigslist, and noticed the bike, and looking at the pics saw the ‘reynolds 531 not’ sticker in one of the pics, and saved it for future reference.
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Old 05-20-19, 06:40 PM
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Well this isn't as old as my 47 year old Peugeot but it is over 20 years old. It's a NOS Vitus Argal frame from the mid 90s. With a totally modern build though.





No decals, it's all paint.


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Old 05-20-19, 07:19 PM
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Well this is as old as my 47 year old Peugeot but it is over 20 years old. It's a NOS Vitus Argal frame from the mid 90s. With a totally modern build though.


That bike is tight! (In more ways than one! )
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Old 06-12-19, 10:21 PM
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Here is my Grand Jubile that is slowly coming together . The original fork and headset were pretty ugly but the frame was beautiful, I was able to source a NOS Motobecane Fork and then a NOS Strong Light headset after I had problems with the VO headset I purchased would not work . I also found a NOS set of Tange Swiss thread bottom bracket cups and a NOS Shimano 127.5 bottom bracket Spindle.

New Technomic Stem and Nitto Olympiad 45 CM bars , New VO brakes
A set of really nice condition 700C wheels with Phil Wood hubs .

With any luck in the next few weeks I will have it riding .


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Old 06-12-19, 10:28 PM
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Not really sure what the maker is....but it has a lot of French bits...
Most likely St. Etienne

Look for a resto thread on this one coming soon.
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Okay, after a lot of doubts about which way to go my 1990 nostalgia bike is almost done: looking for Look PP76 compatible cleats and still in doubt about applying Scott decals to the bar extentions or leave it like this.





That's 18-year old me in 1991 (on a students budget with Shimano RX100)


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My Velo de Ville Commuter

My 1982 Peugeot PFN 10 has gone through many changes over the years. But this year I gave her a new wheelset and 9-speed Deore drivetrain, and she has really come alive.

Here are a couple photos from yesterday's commute:





Roulez bien, mes amis.
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Old 08-03-19, 06:24 AM
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Same Commute, Different French Bike, Earlier Last Week

My other Peugeot commuter:





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Early 70s Motobecane Grand Record I built up earlier this year. The paint job is doing its job well but it has fine lines running through it; that's not uncommon with older Motobecanes. Mechanically the bike is very sound and the parts are either original or period correct. I did swap out the 52/40 TA rings for 46/36 to get better climbing gears. I may track down a 32 tooth inner. The main changes are the campy NR seatpost and the wheels which are campy tipo hubs with ambrosio clincher rims. The dang stem is too short and so I'll have to rebuild it. I wasn't thinking about how short the rails are on a brooks pro. Maybe I'll try out a long rail saddle like a selle anatomica to see how the bike rides.




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Old 08-03-19, 12:15 PM
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Mercier SS conversion - no kittens were killed.
Thought I would shed a little light on this one:

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My "new" Mercier has its own thread (50 years later...), but belongs here also

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