MISC:   1980's Peugeot Competition... posted by: Fred A on 5/29/2005 at 10:15:31 PM
I hope someone with out there with possibly the same problem I'm going through can help me.

A few years back I bought an early 80's Peugeot Competion frame and fork. When I purchased it, the owner gave me bearings for the head set (the loose type, because no ring was made for these bikes)and I've installed them hopefully the correct way. The fork wasn't attached when I bought it. My problem is this: I just took the bike out on its maiden voyage and it pulls horribly to the left. I almost crashed when I tried riding with no hands! When I walked the bike after this happened, it pulled to the left also. What gives? What did I do wrong? I've changed many a headset over the years, but this was a first placing each bearing into the grease. Is it possible that the bearing shifted? I haven't taken it apart yet and won't until one of you Peugeot people can gine me a handle on this. I've checked everything else, including straightnes of the fork and frame and all appears fine.
It's a beautiful white frame with perfect decals. I've rebuilt with almost all original parts. Hopefully someone can give me a handle on this because I can't wait to start riding it!!

Fred A

   RE:MISC:   1980's Peugeot Competition... posted by Kurt K. on 5/29/2005 at 10:40:44 PM
Very likely that your fork is bent - take a close look at it, both with the wheel on and off. Chances are one of the blades are bent. This can be straightened by any decent bicycle shop

Beware the lazy shops who don't make a proper effort to straighten it to perfection. It only takes 5 minutes to get a fork 'straight enough', but it can take an hour or longer to do a top-notch job.

Take care,


   RE:RE:MISC:   1980's Peugeot Competition... posted by Fred A on 5/30/2005 at 12:34:43 AM
Thanks Kurt. I'll check closer. Maybe this is why he didn't have the fork attached to the frame, although there isn't a mark on it to have given me any indications that something was wrong.

Fred A

   RE:MISC: 1980's Peugeot Competition... posted by sam on 5/30/2005 at 2:39:44 PM
Also take a close look at the head set cups to see if they were installed correctly or moved when he removed the fork.If any thing is out of line would effect steering---sam

   RE:RE:MISC: 1980's Peugeot Competition... posted by Fred A on 5/30/2005 at 7:22:59 PM
Thanks, Sam. I'll check that out! The fork seems to be perfectly straight, so maybe it is the cups being a little out. Any chance that the bearings shifted (although all seems smooth)?

   RE:RE:RE:MISC: 1980's Peugeot Competition... posted by JONathan on 5/30/2005 at 10:35:18 PM
I would, in addition to the good advice above, take a look at the front wheel. Sometimes a wheel can be out of wack due to uneven spoking or bent axle, for instance. Try a second front wheel if you have one. If the condition persists, then it is most likely alignment of the forks or headset as described above. Just my opinion (2 c's),
Whatever you do, I would get that fixed ASAP. Good luck,

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC: 1980's Peugeot Competition... posted by Fred A on 5/31/2005 at 6:06:56 PM
And thanks to you also, JONathan. This would be a much easier (cheaper) fix as I have extra wheelsets.

    1980's Peugeot Competition... posted by John E on 6/1/2005 at 3:28:45 PM
What's your S/N? Mine is B06..., with the "0" denoting 1980. The model designation is PKN-10E Competition, and it is a great-riding bike, even though the craftsmanship leaves something to be desired. Look straight down the head tube to see whether both fork blades are deflected slightly to one side. The front tire should sit squarely below the front brake's pivot bolt, but the wheel should not have to be "tipped" in the forkends to accomplish this. An off-dish rear wheel or mis-centered rear stays MAY cause your problem, but a problem in the fork, steerer tube, head tube, or headset bearings is far more likely.

   RE: 1980's Peugeot Competition... posted by Randy on 6/5/2005 at 7:04:50 AM
I had a Peugeot Competition as well at one time, on mine the front wheel actually sat off center in the fork, at first I had thought the fork was bent and after taking it to a good frame builder he found one fork blade was slightly longer than the other. Even with this going on mine tracked okay. I am with everyone else, has to be a alignment problem. Very easy and quick to do a check of the frame yourself and I might get some bad opinions of this but the old string method of runnning a string around your headtube through the eyelets on the rear drop outs and then measuring the string distance from side to side of the downtube would give you a rough idea if the frame is close or not. Is not a very good way but if something was way off you could find that. A good shop or better yet a frame builder could check your fork out for you, wheel dish of your front wheel also which I think was mentioned should be checked. I had about a 1975 PX-10 and to tell you the truth the PKN10 rode or seemed very similar to it so is worth getting your bike fixed up right, I also think if you bunched up your bearings or something in your headset you should be able to tell that when you turn the fork, or at least most of the time I doubt you could miss a problem like that, hope you get the machine fixed up as they were a nice bike.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   I need Information posted by: John Mustin on 5/29/2005 at 2:51:39 AM
I own a Volkscycle Mark XV 27" bike. I can't find proper tires to fit the Araya 27"X 1-1/4" H/O aluminum rims. The rims are flat walled. The bike is in unbelievable condition and all original except the tires were severely dry rotted when I bought it several years ago. Not being a total bike geek I wasn't aware of the problem with finding proper tires until I bought new tires for it and they kept rolling off the rims. After comparing the rims with todays rims I noticed the difference in the side wall of my rims. No "lip" for the wire in the tire to press again and keep it on sealed on the rim. Any info as to where I can find tires for this great old touring bike would be helpful.
Thank you!
John Mustin

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   I need Information posted by Ken on 5/31/2005 at 5:29:41 PM
Take the easy way out: switch wheels. Talk to your LBS. Good used 27" clincher wheels are ubiquitous.

   lower-pressure tires posted by John E on 6/1/2005 at 3:32:50 PM
If inflated to 70 or 80 PSI, the Conti Top Touring 2000 tires should seat securely on your current rims:


Remember, in the 1960s and early 1970s, lots of folks used straight-walled rims with no problems whatsoever.

WANTED:   Sources for BB's posted by: Edward in Vancouver on 5/29/2005 at 1:56:08 AM
Got a early '90's Pinarello, equipped with 7500 series Dur-ace. Although the sealed BB is in good shape, I'm considering the future... The axle length is 103 mm and I'm having trouble finding anyone who has this or can find something like it. Anyone know of any sources?

   RE:WANTED: Sources for BB's posted by Brian on 5/30/2005 at 12:46:27 AM
How's the catering & business going Edward? Nice to see you're still a bicycle junkie like most of us. Still got the Raleigh with the DBU setup?

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   sucker born every minute posted by: Warren on 5/28/2005 at 12:55:01 AM
So I'm the guy who has politely dissed gaspipe Peugeots. I'm also completely overwhelmed with too many bikes, wheels, parts etc.
So what do I do? I bought a fabulous, mint, 1978 Peugeot Gran Tourismo tandem in all it's glory. This thing has (almost) all the original parts...basically it's an oversized UE-8 except it has the nice Stronglight alloy tandem crankset, alloy Atax stems, massive Atom rear drum brake hub off the left lever, dual cable Mafac cantis off of the right lever, oversized Rigida steel rims, steel fenders, steel bars(not original), steel seatposts. Even the mudguard stays are oversized. Front and rear lights with generator. Atom alloy pedals.

It really is a thing of beauty. I believe it's called a twin tube...a diamond frame with the 2 mixte tubes running across the diagonal of the bike. Oddly enough it's brazed and lugless. Soft creamy white with perfect decals. Original owner said he put 200 kms on it. I'm surprised...it looks showroom. I needed it like a hole in the head but it cost me a days pay. Couldn't refuse. I've got kid cranks lined up to take my son and daughter to school, soccer etc.

So where do you people store tandems!!!

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   sucker born every minute posted by paul viner on 5/28/2005 at 1:28:42 AM
you store them like any other bike,except it pays to put an extra hang point in the middle.i had one a few years back and it was the best tandem i have ever ridden.if you have children they are great fun to share the joy with .can you email me some photos for my collection of french bikes .i am considering buying another one for my family

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   sucker born every minute posted by Randy on 5/28/2005 at 1:45:31 AM
Lucky find and I envy you. I have and still do own several French Peugeots but nothing spectacular. I do have a question for Paul, though. What do you know about a Velo Solex "Saint Tropaz"? I bought one for three bucks last summer and I am planning to restore it. The frame, when flicked with a finger nail, rings like a bell. Another question regarding French Peugeots. What is a UE8? Most of my Peugeots are UO8 models except for one that has a full touring set on it including braze-ons for the rear rack. The reason I ask about the UE8 is that there are a few NOS ones for sale on Ebay right now with a starting price of $100.00, no reserve and a "Buy it Now" of $250.00 USD.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   sucker born every minute posted by T-Mar on 5/28/2005 at 2:37:33 AM
Warren, your post rung a bell with me. A quick trip through the archives netted a 1978 comparison test of the Gitane, Motobecane and Peugeot tandems. If you're interested, I can scan you a copy.

I have a 1986 Santana Elan tandem with georgeous fillet brazing. I hate to say it, but it's up for sale, as it just doesn't get used enough. The wife doesn't have time and my son is not at all interested in bicycles, probably due to indirect super-saturation on the subject.

Randy, the UE8 is basically a U08 with the addition of fenders, rear rack and a lighting system. These extras often get removed, but the frame is still easily identifed via the brazed-on bits for the rack mounting, dynamo and wiring harness. The mixte version was the UE18. The old Peugeot literature refers to the UO8/UO18 as "deluxe touring 10 speed bicycles" while the UE8/UE18 are "equipped deluxe 10 speed touring bicycles". Equipped = fenders/rear rack/lighting system.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: sucker born every minute posted by sam on 5/30/2005 at 2:53:33 PM
Many of the tandems came fillet brazed as this allowed the builder more room with the tubing angles.Claud Butler used Fillet Brazing on his short wheel based tandems.
Yours sounds like a great touring tandem.---sam

   Peugeot Model/Year? posted by Cesar on 6/19/2006 at 9:09:21 PM
Hello I just bought this bike for my girlfriend a couple of days ago, I was wondering if anyone knows what model and year this Peugeot 10 speed Touring bike is? Click on the link to view photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ceeztheday/.
Thank you for your knowledge.

Here are the specs and parts for this bike:

-SERIAL NUMBER: 4151945 UE18


Hello all, From our closed shop of 40+ years we have on ebay a new entry level Raleigh road bike from 1978...someone give this a good home. Sorry for the post but I know someone on this board may like it and not know of it...