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Old 12-15-18, 11:01 PM
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New Wheel for Peugeot UO-8 72

I don't know much about bicycles other then i love my vintage peugeot,but recently the rear axle in the rear wheel snapped in two.I am wondering where i could possibly order a replacement wheel? I got a newer carbon frame bicycle,but for some reason i'm not liking it as much as the older steel peugeot. I don't know why this is,the peugeot just seemed easier to ride.The newer bicycle being a specialized allez road bike .Well if any of you could kindly post a link to where i could order a replacement wheel it'd be much appreciated.
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Old 12-16-18, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Bosmer30 View Post
I don't know much about bicycles other then i love my vintage peugeot,but recently the rear axle in the rear wheel snapped in two.I am wondering where i could possibly order a replacement wheel? I got a newer carbon frame bicycle,but for some reason i'm not liking it as much as the older steel peugeot. I don't know why this is,the peugeot just seemed easier to ride.The newer bicycle being a specialized allez road bike .Well if any of you could kindly post a link to where i could order a replacement wheel it'd be much appreciated.
First of all, are you certain that the actual axel busted? Or could it just be the skewer (the rod that inserts though the axel, and secures the hubs to the frame)? Pardon me if Ive offended. Im just asking since you stated you dont know much about bikes.

If your 72 U0-8 is original it would have a Regida (manufacturing brand) steel 27 rim laced to a 5 speed freewheel hub. The hub is probably a Normandy (manufacturing brand), with English threading for the freewheel, though it could be French threading. It could be helpful to those whod help you if you could confirm these items.

If the parts are original, and youd like to keep it that way, then sourcing a replacement hub from a bicycle co-op or from eBay in order to have a local bike shop rebuild your wheel would be one option. Though youd want to determine if your freewheel is in fact English threaded or not before sourcing a new vintage Normandy hub.

If youd like to take advantage of the mishap and create an opportunity to upgrade, then consider switching to an aluminum rim. The bike would be lighter, and brake better for it. Of course to reap full benefits, changing the front wheel would also be in order. Improved handling mught be another gain from moving to 700c.

If you go with Aluminum you can find 27 rims quite easily online, and at some better equipped local bike shops including co-ops. However, going this route, you might also consider moving down a hair in rim/tire size to 700c. Youd benefit from a wider selection, and better overall availability of rims and tires for this. However, Im not sure if your brakes would support a 700c conversation if they are original (Mafac or possibly Wienmann). Easy enough to address and remedy though.

If any any of that catches your interest, then Im sure youd find all the help to get things underway right here in this forum. Otherwise to simply replace the wheel with something that works, Id say we still need more information as mentioned earlier. Photos can be hugely helpful for problem solving as well.

Best of luck!
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Certainly a long shot but, post or provide your location. If your were near me I'd say "bring it on over and I'll show/help you change that axle. Then we'll take it around the block together (14 miles) to test it."

I may even have a spare." There are lots of helpful folks here 'bouts. You may not need a new wheel. I wouldn't.
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Old 12-16-18, 08:08 AM
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+1 - before buying a new wheel id find a vintage friendly LBS and remove the axle - should be possible to find a replacement (perhaps out of an old wheel at the back of the shop?). Also the question about the skewer is a good one - and theyre even easier to replace.
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Old 12-16-18, 08:15 AM
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French Thread Freewheel

Originally Posted by deux jambes View Post
If your ‘72 U0-8 is original it would have a Regida (manufacturing brand) steel 27” rim laced to a 5 speed freewheel hub. The hub is probably a Normandy (manufacturing brand), with English threading for the freewheel, though it could be French threading.
Sacre Bleu!



Peugeots were all French metric threads until the late 70's when we started seeing some U-08s coming with British threaded pedals and freewheels. Everything else remained metric threads (with an occasional Swiss BB). We figured that they may have been made in Canada. That's why they had British threads???

@deux jambes everything else you posted is

@Prowler Your U-08 probably has 27" chrome plated steel rims. Back in the 70's we never bothered working on those wheels. It was cheaper and easier to just replace the whole wheel. There's a good chance that the cups and cones in the hub are shot too so just replacing the axle may not solve your problem.

If you live near a co-op check to see if they have an old rear wheel. Also check thrift shops, Salvation Army etc. to see if they have a donor bike. Sometimes you can get a whole bike for $25! Look for a French bike so you can cannibalize it for other parts.

Old Schwinn dealers should have replacement axles with cones too. Schwinn used private labeled Normandy hubs for years.

I'VE HATED STEEL RIMS since the early 70's for lots of reasons.

If you want to spend some money to improve the ride and braking find a set of wheels with alloy rims. They will take up to 2 -3 lbs off the bike plus improve the ride and handling. Switching to 700C wheels will give you lots of options to tires.

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I am another vote for changing the wheels to a pair with aluminum rims. I agree with you that the old Peugeots are a delight to ride. I have an AO-8 (same as yours except no chrome) and just love it. After I put on nice aluminum wheels it was even better!
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https://www.bikeforums.net/17764838-post13333.html

I still have these rims available for trade.
NOS aluminim, with spokes, but you'll have to find hubs and some one to build them.
But you can be period correct with Rigida rims.

links not working, but a cut and paste does.

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Old 12-16-18, 04:12 PM
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You really can't beat this deal. I bought a set three years ago and it has taken a beating.

Sun CR18 Road Bike Sealed Bearing 27 REAR Wheel 126mm 5/6/7 S [72758] - $59.00 Velomine.com : Worldwide Bicycle Shop, fixed gear track bike wheelsets campagnolo super record vintage bike
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+ 1. I was going to suggest this as well but I'd get the pair so as to have alloy rims front and rear. Since the UO-8 is made of hi tensile steel, it is easy as pie to spread the rear triangle to 126.
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@bikemig Very true. Here is my U08 with that exact wheelset. It is excellent for my rough commutes.


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This could end up a cascade of decisions as you have read.

i will assume the axle is broken- with the age, a good chance the hub races are toast too.

a bike co- op, a donor bike, all could be the lowest cost route butane take time.

tge Velomine wheels if still on offer would be difficult to beat but will require new tires, tubes, rim strips, freewheel and most probably a new chain. Old freewheel +
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+ old chain... Very likely the pair will skip with only one new.

all reasonable to do- the brake blocks will have to be adjusted lower if the new wheels are 700c, a reas
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... Reasonable choice as 27" is becoming very limited.

a donor bike- just for the wheels- may just be the most effective way to get there. Could have 27" and alloy rims even, just swap the entire wheel assembly- front too.

A bike co-op if within driving distance would be worth checking.
Many possibilities- the French threading will guide the course of action as well.

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Here's a hub set for sale with q/r skewers included, for $63. You can just take the axle out of the rear hub on the new one and replace yours with it. Probably the cheapest option for you if you want to stay with the original. Then you'll have a spare set of hubs if you need them in the future.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Normandy-Hu...GIC:rk:14:pf:0
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You might be surprised what you find in old bike shops if you ask for 27 inch wheels. I picked up 3 good quality wheels (one with a sun rim, another with a maillard 700 hub) for $5 each at a local shop.
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Anyone have any suggestions where to get 700c wheels for an old peugeot,hate to rez this thread,but i'm tired of my poor peugeot just sitting in storage.
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#1 . Find a co op.

#2 . Post your location with a wanted to buy. Lots of used wheels out there. If you were near me, I'd make you a deal. I'm not the only one.
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Anyone have any suggestions where to get 700c wheels for an old peugeot,hate to rez this thread,but i'm tired of my poor peugeot just sitting in storage.
Really? Lots of good suggestions here already. Which ones have you tried?
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One issue is that almost all wheelsets out there are going to have a different, ~4mm wider spacing between your front fork tips, which would require that the wheel be forced in or that the fork be re-worked by a competent bike mechanic.

But, getting back the OP's request, a rear axle can be purchased for less than $20 and will then simply need to be installed in the rear wheel, again, by a competent bike mechanic.

Any of the mechanical tasks can be performed by a handy person who has the time to find instructionals online for such bike-specific work, but you assume the responsibility for doing the work correctly and safely.
Note that thin "cone wrenches" are needed, but that often the freewheel need not actually be removed in order to replace the rear axle. A couple of cheap cone wrenches could be as low as $10.

But I would carefully judge the condition of the old rear wheel rim before putting any money into it.

What city are you located in? What sort of bike parts and repair facilities are local? Bigger cities usually have bike co-ops where you can buy donated parts cheaply, where tools may be available for public use, and where people can likely show you how to source and install the correct rear axle. It's great experience for anyone who rides a bike imo. Someone helps you out, and perhaps later you go in and help someone else out.

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i have a nearly new pair of 70s Peugeot wheels with rear cluster and quick release skewers. Contact me here for info.
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i have a nearly new pair of 70s Peugeot wheels with rear cluster and quick release skewers. Contact me here for info.


Greetings and welcome to the C&V Forum....

The message that you replied to is almost 4 years old. The etiquette in this forum is not to reply to Zombie threads...

Several reasons: 1. many if not most of the links in old messages no longer work. 2. viewers have to scroll though years of old messages to get to your response.

The solution is to start a new thread where appropriate.

Also, if you are looking to sell those wheels, there is a Classic & Vintage Sales sub forum for that. Trying to sell in the main forum is verboten and the powers that be will bounce your message.

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