VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Peugeot "Carbolite 103" posted by: Tom on 9/23/2005 at 2:21:33 PM
Hi, brandy new cyclist here. My neighbor was going to throw out an old 80s road bike, a Peugeot with the down tube sticker "Carbolite 103". On the bottom of the frame are the following #s: Y601 16973. Any help in deciphering it would be great. I'm 6' tall, so I'm thinking I could use between a 56-58 cm bike, is that just simply measured from the top tube down? This bike is a ten speed, the rear derauiller (sp?) is hanging off, and the front wheel has a kink in it, both tires are flat. If I wanted a nice road bike to maybe do some half centuries (or something like GOBA) in, would it be worth it to put some decent parts on this one, or should I change the platform and shoot higher. Budget is an issue, and the bike was free, so outside of a wheelset and tires, where should I go with this? I don't have any pictures- - I'll have to take some.
Thanks in advance!

   :   Peugeot posted by John E on 9/23/2005 at 2:33:07 PM
Although I ride its predecessor, a circa 1971 UO-8, I am not a big fan of the Carbolite 103 frames. However, if you are looking for general transportation and recreation, it is probably acceptable. At 5'8" with a 30" trouser inseam, I fit best on a 55cm frame. I think 56 is going to be way too small for you; you should be looking at 58cm, perhaps even 60.

You can probably save some money by finding a suitable used front wheel. Be sure to upgrade to KoolStop brake pads, and treat yourself to new brake cables and housings. One nasty feature of many Carbolite 103 frames is that they require a unique seat post with an internally expanding binder bolt; make sure yours is in good shape, because these are VERY hard to find. Also, the bottom bracket is probably Swiss threaded, although you can probably rethread it to ISO/English (essentially the same diameter, but 24 threads per inch, instead of 25.4).

   RE::   Peugeot posted by Gralyn on 9/23/2005 at 4:48:59 PM
I've had several of these. A blue one, red one and black one - that I had not problem selling. I have one blue one left - that I haven't re-built yet. They are pretty decent bikes - and great for commuting / recreation, etc. Probably not so hot for racing. But with anything free - you can't go wrong.

   RE:RE::   Peugeot posted by JONathan on 9/24/2005 at 8:55:10 AM
I have fixed up a carbolite Peugeot, which is a great bike. My particular version has an integral derailer hanger, so it is probably not a UO-8 model. The seat-post lug has a regular clamp. Mine came in about the condition of yours. The derailer was broken from jamming into the rear wheel. That must have been exciting. The hanger was bent a bit, but I carefully flexed it back and attached a SunTour derailer which bolted right on, to my surprise. The wheels were pretty rough, so I used a set of hp Araya rims (27") on high-flange hubs. The brakes are centerpulls and those Koolstop braking pads are the best. I could easily go 50 miles without a sweat riding this one. Get a good seat! I measure my bikes from the center of the crank spindle to the top of the seat-lug. At 6'2'', I can take on just about any size frame, but I like the 25" frames because of the longer top-tube you get. A 23" is quite OK, too, as long as it has a longish top-tube. I would run the bike a bit to see if you like the fit. Check for fork trueness, as a dinged rim could reference a problem with the front end, too. Make sure the headset is OK. Check the bars. If all seems good, and you like the ride, then pick up a set of Araya wheels, new chain, Koolstops (& control cables) for the brakes. You'll be under $100 after the refit is done, I'd guess. Commute on it for a month and you'll probably pay for the refit in saved gas-money! The carbolites are internal-lugged frames which look like they are welded as the joinery is flush, but the ride is very soft. Mine comes in a just over 25#'s with light wheels shaving a couple pounds off from the steel rim wheels. A small frame is OK if you get the adjustments on the bars and seat to work for you. Too large a frame is very much to be avoided for safety reasons, IMHO, so if you had to done good! Good luck.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Peugeot posted by Drew Kinman on 10/6/2005 at 3:55:36 PM
I have a Peugot Carbolite 103, and I am very happy with it. I am 6'4" and starting to race i know i am a little tall to be doing this. I stripped mine down to the fram, one reason me being so tall and the frame i have is bigger then average. I upgraded to a 14 speed and i put two new rims on. THe brakes are new as well as the shiters the derailers are new too. I would put this back against any ones!

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Peugeot posted by Iain Taylor on 10/9/2005 at 11:50:11 PM
I read your threads here and am interested as I have a restored carbolite 58cm bike which is a fraction too small for my 6ft height. However a new (longer) seatpost would solve the problem. Here comes the real problem - where can you pick up a 24mm seatpost. I can't find them in th UK - any help?

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Peugeot posted by Krash on 3/3/2007 at 2:14:54 PM
I had an old Peugeot as such described years ago, and happened to be involved in an accident when the driver of a pick-up ran a red light. My heart was broken as badly as the bike and my leg were. Fast forward to current, and I have via craigslist picked up another one. The rear derailer issue seems to be a common one-as mine wrapped itself around the hub pretty spectacularly. I have since installed a Shimano 105 in its place. I swear by these bikes. Nothing beats zinging by some rich kid on the latest Trek or whatnot
on a trusty piece of vintage steel splendor.

If parts break, you can usually find parts bikes laying around in the backs of thrift stores-as most of the public will buy a huffy over the Peugeot as long as it is a mountain bike.

Happy Cycling!

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Peugeot posted by Christopher M. Eppers on 9/18/2007 at 8:17:00 PM
Hi to all and great discussion board:

My first time posting here! I have a blue Carbolite 103 which I enjoy very much, but am having the same problem of finding an alloy 24mm seatpost. I found this ride at a thrift store and it is practically brand-new condition. Great find! The seatpost that came on it is plastic or sometime of composite material with a metal insert. But, the problem that I have is that I am 5'11" and about 200lbs. and I don't like the flexing that it does...any help???? Thanks. Chris

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Peugeot posted by Neil on 9/23/2007 at 8:00:52 PM
I just picked one of these up for free. How would I go about using 700cc wheels on this?

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Peugeot posted by John on 6/9/2008 at 3:09:39 PM
I picked up a carbolite pug at , you guessed it, a yard sale.It is nice and I guess it is not up there with the paramounts but it is true vintage because it is from the 70's I take it?

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Peugeot posted by Al on 6/12/2008 at 9:14:26 AM
Just last night I was on my way to my daughters soccer game and there it was standing at the side of the road a white 24"(?) Peugeot Carbolite103 with all the neat little things that go with( pouch at rear of seat, front fender , rear fendar with rack for books . as a matter of fact the handel bars still have the pearl colored tape.
Any way I thought I'd give this to the goodwill until I rode it this AM.Looks like a keeper .
Can anyone tell me if it is worth anything??

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Peugeot posted by jenson on 6/27/2008 at 1:02:23 AM
so i bought a Peugeot Carbolite103 and it came with a new specialized seat. i think thats what u guys need to get cuz it works for me. and new break lines and a tune up is highly recommended because the 30+ years of use may take a toll on the bike. and for people who think its is a heavy bike. start working out. then see if its heavy.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Peugeot posted by Eric on 6/30/2008 at 7:54:13 PM
I picked up at beautiful, great condition red carb103 frame (complete with working brakes, pedals U handlebars) for only $40 recently (a steal I think) and have been working on converting it to a fixed gear. I am IN LOVE with this bike, It's red, gorgeous and I can tell it will become a great commuting/recreation bike. I am not going to butcher the handlebars like many elitist fixed gear hipsters do (if that is done for a specific reason, aside from trying to look different, I am sorry) but I couldn't being myself top butcher this bike in any way. I am new to bicycle conversions and am having trouble with rim sizing. If someone can drop me a line to help I'd appreciate it :)

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Peugeot posted by Angus on 7/4/2008 at 11:55:25 AM
I own a carbolite 103 in red it is amazing and after a few minor modifications it is in perfect order! does anyone know how much a carbolite in mint condition is worth? any estimates??

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Peugeot posted by Mahaffey on 7/24/2008 at 6:03:22 PM
I'm converting my 103 to a fixed gear as well. I'm getting rid of the original rear wheel, hub and cassette included. Anyone want it? Any idea how much I should put this up for on ebay? The guy at the bike store said it was custom, but I don't know in what way.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Peugeot posted by Judy on 7/26/2008 at 11:42:09 AM
Well I just came up from my garage where my Ladies' Pearl White Carbolite 103 has been gathering dust and some rust for over 15 years. (Bought it new over 20 years ago.) Thought it was time to get back to some recreational riding. I was happy to find this site. Now I need to locate an owner's manual and figure out what I need to do to make it road worthy again. The worst is the chain which is covered in rust and some rust coming through the white paint.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Peugeot posted by James on 9/7/2008 at 9:36:49 PM
Hello people who love bikes! I am looking for a Peugeot PX10 my old boss used to have- I think it was a 59cm? Some crackhead smashed the font of the window and stole it. What I DO remember about it was one dam sweet ride! I could care less if you guys call them Vintage now or not. THAT bike was incredible! What a responsive frame! The bike had special tubing that was twist-cut inside? Oh yeah it was an electric blue; you could NOT forget that either.. I would love to track one down now!!! It was the owners, so I am sure he had the best.
Pretty sure it was from the mid- 1980's? Does it ring a bell with anyone?

Thanks guys!


MISC:   Wallingford Bike Parts vs. Katrina posted by: Dick on 9/22/2005 at 8:35:12 PM
Has anyone in this group heard anything about the people at Wallingford Bicycle Parts in New Orleans? According to their website ( ) they were going to evacuate before Katrina hit. I certainly hope they did. I have purchased 2 new and 1 slightly used Brooks saddles from them in recent years along with miscellaneous accessories. They are first rate people to do business with. And their website offers maximum “drool factor“ for the Brooks saddle aficionados amongst us. A Mapquest search for their address shows it’s only 6 blocks from the Mississippi River! What a shame. If they do manage to reopen, wherever that might be, I’ll be first in line to help kick-start the old cash flow. Meanwhile, let’s just pray they are all safe.
Dick in L.A. (and glad I’m not in LA)


AGE / VALUE:   1960's French Olympique 10 speed posted by: Chris Dougherty on 9/22/2005 at 1:39:34 AM
I am looking to get a value for my vintage 1960's French Olympique 10 speed. The bike is in surprizingly good shape for all of the miles I've put on it through the years. I would appreciate any info that anyone can provide. Thanks in advance.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   AGE posted by: CORY WHELCHEL on 9/20/2005 at 4:11:06 PM

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: AGE posted by sam on 9/21/2005 at 1:44:22 AM
Not much interest in these type of L/Ws,but a lot of people looking for info on there Shelby ballooners have catalogs that also might have info on your bike so ask around(try the ballooners group) and check out daves site at

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: AGE posted by joel on 9/22/2005 at 4:31:58 PM
There's a new Shelby book avalable that has some catalog pages and photos. John P. of Newsletter By John sells it, and it may be avalable from other sources.

MISC:   Photos of the Larz Anderson Bicycle Show on the Wool Jersey Photo Gallery posted by: Peter Naiman on 9/20/2005 at 2:54:37 PM
It's taken a while to get the jpgs of this years show
at Larz up in albums, but it's finally done for your
viewing. Lots of neat cycles, from Lightweights to
Antique. There are contributions from six different

Peter Naiman
Glendale, WI


   RE:MISC:   Photos of the Larz Anderson Bicycle Show on the Wool Jersey Photo Gallery posted by Rich on 9/21/2005 at 12:46:43 PM
Thanks for your efforts in setting up the photo gallery. Pretty slick. I enjoyed the photos.