| So I just bought this Old Peugeot bicycle, but I have no clue of the model or year or anything! It is a Ladies ten-speed with diagonal pink, yellow, orange, and white stripes. There are five peugeot symbols on it: one on the front one on each side of the front tire and one on each side of the two bars going down the middle. will post pic soon|
| Quick questions about the details of the Peugeot Corbier. Were the wheels bolt-on or quick release? Alloy hubs/rims or alloy hub/steel rim? Certainly 27"? Five or six speed? It has French parts and stem mounted shifters. The tubing is Carbolite and paint scheme is white with checkerboard decals. Approximate vintage? It's basically a beater that I'm putting wheels back on to... well, I don't know why except it was in the back room of the shop I'm helping out at and it was cluttering up the place!|
| Incidentally, where the "Corbier" got it's name, if you were interested, (quoted from John Wilcockson on VeloNews.com about the '85 Tour) :|
"So, with the first mountain stage still three days away, the GC read: 1. Hinault, 45:56:57; 2. LeMond, at 2:22; 3. Kelly, at 2:51; 4. Bauer, at 3:21; 5. Anderson, at 3:44; 6. Roche, s.t. With three La Vie Claire men in the top four, we started speculating that the race might already be over and that the Tour's final two weeks would be a procession.
Those thoughts were strengthened a hundred-fold when the race entered the Alps. The stage was a tough one, 195km long, with three climbs in the final 57km: the 13km-long, Cat. 1 Pas de Morgins climbing out of the Rhône Valley in Switzerland; the 5km, Cat.2 Col du Corbier; and the 14km, Cat. 1 slog up to the finish line from Morzine to Avoriaz."
| Does any one know what the thread size A-D-P used on their bottom brackets for the bikes they made for Sears and others? Mine has a two piece crank with a cotter only on the left side. I was wanting to swap to a Japanese one on a bike I picked up for parts.|
| Interesting swap! If std (jap/english) cups don't work, compare ball-bearing sizes. If the same you can probably use the AD cups with a std spindle. Spindle length will probably be trial and error. And by length, I mean both total and between the races. Here's where having a variety of parts, even if junk, pays off.|
| Austrian bikes have used English/ISO bottom bracket threading for many years, so at least you won't face a problem with metric threads.|
| Thanks. I like how the frame rides, but I wanted to upgrade a bit with the parts I have on hand.|
| Some of the things I have to be thankful for. After the obvious ones like the precious freedom we all enjoy at no small price being paid by our young men and women around the world.|
· The people at VVVintage for hosting OLDROADS.COM and for selling me a beautiful large frame 1976 Raleigh Super Course.
· OLDROADS.COM forum contributors (many of you seem like old friends).
· Schwinn, Raleigh, Peugeot, Motobecane, Bianchi, Colnago, Mario Confente, Jack Taylor, Rene Herse, Alex Singer, Campagnolo, Suntour, Shimano, Sturmey Archer, Reynolds Steel Tubing and so many others builders of fine bikes and bike components, each of whom at least once in the history of bicycles had a major impact in bicycle design, style, quality, manufacturing methods, value, art, panache, or mojo, or whatever.
· Lance Armstrong.
· For better or worse – eBay!
· For all those who don’t care or just can’t be bothered and who put those rare pieces of cycling legend at the curb for one of us lucky fanatics to discover, rescue, resurrect, cherish and share.
· Spandex Guys on the bike trail. They give me someone to draft (and they really hate that!).
· AMTRAK and METROLINK for letting me bring my bike with me on my 40 mile commute from Los Angeles to Anaheim.
· The good health of this old body that allows me to enjoy riding my bikes almost every day.
Dick in L.A.
| Great post, Dick!|
| Thanks everyone for their insights concerning my new PX-10. I'm excited to ride it around if we don't get snow in New Hampshire this weekend.|
Now I have a new problem. I dread storing this new find in the basement with the rest of the herd, so I'm keeping it in the laundry room upstairs. I'm worried about the 531 steel in the damp basement.
I think this is a great arrangement, but my loving wife doesn't share my enthusiasm. She's threatening to lighten the load of bikes in the basement, horror of horrors!
Aside from expensive diamonds, how do you guys resolve these problems?
| Hi Bryan,|
With respect to the damp basement, I highly recommend a high capacity dehumidifier, especially one that will function at cooler temperatures without icing up (Sears sells one for about $250 that is still top-rated by Consumer Reports. These are now made in China, so I can't attest to their longevity; however, I used the previous USA-made Kenmore offering for 15 years with only one motor oiling until it died this year).
If you have a floor drain in your basement, most dehumidifiers have an attachment allowing you to hook up a garden hose and run it to the drain.
A single dehumidifier allows me to store my bikes and tool in the basement at 55% relative humidity (down to about 35% in the winter). I have done this for years and have never had any problems with rust.
I have found that removing pedals and seats allows one to compact the footprint of accumulated bikes and helps to mitigate a negative spousal response : - )
An occasional donation of a bike (especially if you find a good home for it) may also earn spousal goodwill.
| Storage....and the wife....is a big problem. I have an extremely damp basement....no, not damp.....wet. It is not fit for storage....A dehumidifyer would be the equivalent of a drop in the bucket. The garage is extremely humid. I have the bulk of my bikes stored there - it's really not fit storage for them. I have a small workshop - where I have a dozen or so stored. It's not too bad. My best bikes? Believe it or not - they are stored in my bedroom. My bedroom has 2 dormers - in one of the dormers - I have 9 or 10 bikes. In another section between a closet and a window - I have 2 frames and 3 wheel sets and several boxes of parts. My wife hates it....and threatens often. I would ideally like to have a nice building to store it all.|
| Unless your basement is very humid, Don't worry about storing your frame in the basement. The outdoors is very humid at times,and bicycles don't seem to fall apart too quickly in the outdoors. If you plan on keeping your new find in humid conditions indefinately, then I'd consider different accomadations,|
| Excuse me for misspelling accomodations. That said, do you not love your other bikes, too? I have a 1972 PX-10, and unless you have a basement full of Roadmasters and Huffys, I fail to see the worry for the PX-10. It is made of hardy 531 of standard wall thickness, it won't rust away too fast. RELAX|
| With regard to the wife-be blunt! Tell her the PX10 is a better ride than she is and cheaper to maintain. Worked for me. My wife divorced me and now I can keep as many bikes as I like!|
Failing that, duplicity is the way to go. Just lie about them-their number, their value, etc. If you've been married for a while, duplicity should be second nature by now!
Bruce (tongue in cheek)