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Early 70's Peugeot Mixte build COMPLETE

Old 01-08-20, 11:19 PM
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Early 70's Peugeot Mixte build COMPLETE

This was a labor of love. I'd especially like to never have to install fenders again. I gave up trying to get the same fender lines in front and back.

Thanks to everyone in this thread who got me started and through some rough spots. Have a look there if you're curious about any choices made here. Thanks to niliraga for the bars, stem and tons of email advice. Thanks to Shrevvy for the Brooks Challenge bag.

It's not perfect and some concessions were made here and there but I'm extremely happy with the results and the friend who it was for loves it just as much. Coming from having really only overhauled a couple of 80's Japanese bikes I learned a whole lot from this project.

Bars: Belleri with Rustines grips.
Stem: Philippe
Wheels: H + PLUS SON TB14
Tires: Panaracer Pasela 700x32
Fenders: VO Facetted 45mm.
Brakes: Mafac Racers. Wanted to use the original Dia Compe levers but couldn't find clamps that would work with them and fit the handlebars so I went with the VO look alikes.
Crankset: Stronglight 93 single ring (42t, 16t in rear)
Bottom Bracket: VO french threaded. The original BB was toast.
Pedals: Whatever the originals are
Saddle: Obviously a Brooks Flyer. Saddlebag is the Brooks Challenge.














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Exceptional restomod, a very beautyful result and your aluminum is all just perfect!!!

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Excellent!
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Beautifully done! Stylish and classic look. I like it.
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That's a beautiful bike!

Nice job!

Years back I had a Peugeot with lugs like that which I think are referred to as 'Aztec'.
Enjoy.
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To elaborate on my earlier post, which I made this morning in a bit of a hurry: I am impressed by this build. The cleaning and polishing must have taken a lot of time and dedication. I like the parts selection. I don't know the intended rider, so it's difficult to comment on the choices from that point of view, but it looks very enticing. It's the kind of bike that would make most people want to ride and love it, methinks. Well done!

Worst case scenario is that you only impressed a few BF members, but even that made it worth the effort.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
To elaborate on my earlier post, which I made this morning in a bit of a hurry: I am impressed by this build. The cleaning and polishing must have taken a lot of time and dedication. I like the parts selection. I don't know the intended rider, so it's difficult to comment on the choices from that point of view, but it looks very enticing. It's the kind of bike that would make most people want to ride and love it, methinks. Well done!

Worst case scenario is that you only impressed a few BF members, but even that made it worth the effort.
Hey thanks for the kind words! It was for a friend who had let me know she specifically wanted a 70's, white Peugeot mixte with decals at least mostly intact. I hunted one down for her and tore it down to build it back up in a way that would suit her. She was concerned about weight and simplicity, and will be riding around parts of NYC so single speed made sense with these considerations. This was also much of the reasoning for swapping a lot of the steel for alloy. Fenders for NY weather.
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Nice job. I love the Stronglight crank on French bikes. But I also like them on any bikes. Are the paint and decals original. It looks great.
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Nice job. I love the Stronglight crank on French bikes. But I also like them on any bikes. Are the paint and decals original. It looks great.
Really is an awesome crank! And yep, the paint shined up real nice after some polishing and wax. There are definitely some small chips throughout but overall I was lucky to find a such a clean specimen! The original help thread I linked in the OP shows the frame/forks before and after cleaning, polishing etc.

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That is indeed the correct crank for a cotterless upgrade to a Peugeot. I am happy with the Sugino I put on my UO-8, but your crank is prettier. I can't believe how well your UO-18 cleaned up -- my UO-8 is really showing its age now.

In the early 1970s when I worked at a Peugeot dealership, it seemed that every female customer wanted a white UO-18. When I told the boss I wanted to get a new bike for my wife, his initial reaction was, "I can't get my hands on enough UO-18s, particularly 22-inch ones!" He was relieved when I told him I wanted to buy her a bare UO-8 frame to custom build.
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Here is a nice photo of it in its new owners living room. Adding to OP. I ended up getting the rear fender line to more or less match the front right after taking this photo.



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While I'm here, does anyone have advice for the rear fender? Not having a securing point at the top like the front has left it wobbly. Is this just how it goes? My friend took it for her first test ride today and sometimes her heel would tap the fender and then suddenly its pushing against the tire. Front fender is great though.
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Hey thanks for the kind words! It was for a friend who had let me know she specifically wanted a 70's, white Peugeot mixte with decals at least mostly intact. I hunted one down for her and tore it down to build it back up in a way that would suit her. She was concerned about weight and simplicity, and will be riding around parts of NYC so single speed made sense with these considerations. This was also much of the reasoning for swapping a lot of the steel for alloy. Fenders for NY weather.
I will keep my eyes out while traversing the city. Even here that would stand out!

I built this Pug up for a buddy in Manhattan a while back.

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Yeah, installing fenders can be a headache as I recently discovered. You just have to do the best you can do, especially when there isn't ideal clearances between stays, mounts, and hardware.
Your restomod is super looking! You should be very proud of what you've accomplished!
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I will keep my eyes out while traversing the city. Even here that would stand out!

I built this Pug up for a buddy in Manhattan a while back.

Beautiful! Which frame is this? Decals tell me late 70ís but Iím guessing not a U08, or is it?

Looks like we both had some similar design goals in mind. Love it!
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OP, beautiful build! Hope you get the fender situation figured out.
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Do the upper seatstays have a drilled bridge? Perhaps you can mount something there that is more resistant to twisting.

This is one reason I prefer fenders that have stays with two legs. I had a pair of factory steel fenders on a Finnish city bike that had only one stay on each side. The bridge mount had a single loose rivet attaching it, so it was free to twist. I replaced with bolts and anti-rotation washers which helped, but still the front would vibrate and twist wildly if I hit a bump or rode over cobblestones with one hand on the bars.
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Beautiful! Which frame is this? Decals tell me late 70ís but Iím guessing not a U08, or is it?

Looks like we both had some similar design goals in mind. Love it!
Thanks! I ride strictly drop bars but he wanted this to cruise to work and other errands/pubs. The frame is an A08 (no chrome on the fork).
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Do the upper seatstays have a drilled bridge? Perhaps you can mount something there that is more resistant to twisting.

This is one reason I prefer fenders that have stays with two legs. I had a pair of factory steel fenders on a Finnish city bike that had only one stay on each side. The bridge mount had a single loose rivet attaching it, so it was free to twist. I replaced with bolts and anti-rotation washers which helped, but still the front would vibrate and twist wildly if I hit a bump or rode over cobblestones with one hand on the bars.
It does have a drilled hole, yes. I considered this, but Iím not the most mechanically adept and the idea of drilling a new hole through the fender scares me. Perhaps I could take it somewhere to have it done properly.
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It does have a drilled hole, yes. I considered this, but I’m not the most mechanically adept and the idea of drilling a new hole through the fender scares me. Perhaps I could take it somewhere to have it done properly.
Measure twice or thrice and drill once worse case scenario you've ruined a fender but that is unlikely. You have done a great job on this build don't fear the fender If you have a co-op near by you can probably find the bracket and hardware you need or a fender you can cannibalize or you can get this pack from VO

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