Bike was built late 70s, probably. Simplex rear derailleurs were common on mid level road bikes, just before Shimano came out with its "600EX" group around '80.This bike just got dropped off at my church rummage sale. Can anyone help me out with what I am looking at? Are there any other pictures that would be helpful?
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So, bottom line, would it be worth dropping $100 on for a nice project bike to tinker with and keep for casual riding?Bike was built late 70s, probably. Simplex rear derailleurs were common on mid level road bikes, just before Shimano came out with its "600EX" group around '80.
The 3 main tube are Reynolds 531, top of the line butted tubing of the time, but the lugs are stamped, not "cold forged" and no doubt machine brazed, looking at the lug in the pix of the shifters, which looks like it could be coming apart from rust built up in the badly brazed joint. The fork blades, chain stays and seat stays are probably straight gauge "hi tensile steel," heavier and not as responsive. The bike sold for around $300-400. You could buy a top of the line frame for $600 and a full Campy equipped bike for $1200-1400 back then.
It might be fun to restore, but it probably has oddball French threaded BB and headset. It also might have 27" rims, but probably 700C. 27" rims have been obsolete since the 80s, so the selection of replacement tires is limited. The other components were pretty much standard. Parts are still available. I fixed up a cherry Schwinn that had lived in a pawn shop forever, with the same tubing and equivalent component package, put a pair of new tires on, and gave it to a teenage kid. He preferred it to my custom Columbus SLX bike, hand brazed with nice stiff investment cast lugs. It was plenty stiff when climbing, not quite as quick to respond as the SLX, but you got what you paid for.
my guess is '77 or '78.Bike was built late 70s, probably.
this puts it below the px10 and in the pr10 or pkn10 level of peugeots.The 3 main tube are Reynolds 531, top of the line butted tubing of the time
i wouldn't worry about that at all. maybe it's rust under the paint, but 9.999/10, it's nothing to worry about. since the paint is black, you can sand away any rusty blemishes and then seamlessly fill with enamel in a black satin or similar.looking at the lug in the pix of the shifters, which looks like it could be coming apart from rust built up in the badly brazed joint.
no problem. he likely won't need to replace either anyway. if you do need to replace the bb or headset, look up a bike co-op in your area before going off to ebay.It might be fun to restore, but it probably has oddball French threaded BB and headset.
either is fine. good tires are available in both sizes.It also might have 27" rims, but probably 700C.
not "obsolete." sun still makes 27" rims for vintage bikes just like this. but if new rims are needed, 700c is preferred.27" rims have been obsolete since the 80s.
interesting, but not an issue for this peugeot.... adapt Simplex derailleurs to standard dropouts...
don't know, but in its current state, it is certainly worth about $100 or less.Do you think OP could get bike for a nominal $35-50?