Yes! whenever bicycles are broken, or menaced by international communism, Bicycle Repair Man is ready!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Foul, and most Foreign

The Peugeot bike is ready for sale. It's not "done" but that would require many hours of work with the steel wool and touch-up paint, and even then it would not be worth much more money.

I got to use the rim un-denter a bunch of times on this bike; those old steel wheels could likely tell some tales (like "The Day I Fell Off a Truck" and "Why Did You Ride Over The Train Tracks So Fast")

This picture shows that in France, the bike would have been a PL 22, and I lack the necessary wardrobe to actually ride the thing.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Peugeot UE-08

Here is the Peugeot, well along the path to success.

Forgive the funny color, something's wrong with either the camera or iPhoto.

So far I have overhauled the rear axle (it was snapped!), replaced spokes on the rear wheel, tried to true it a little bit, and replaced one of the chainwheels on the Simplex rear derailleur.

I am going to "convert" it to drop bars (as the original brake levers, while quaint, are awful) - I have a spare set of Nitto bars and some nice Shimano levers from my Bianchi, so this will become a decent touring/commuting/city bike. It will be a 5-speed, with the front derailleur used just as a chain guide.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The return of... Bicycle Repair Man!

After a long hiatus I am back in the groove. Two days ago I got off my duff and finished rebuilding a 26" rear wheel, and yesterday I picked up a new old Peugeot city bike project.

The previous owner wanted it to be a fixie. Ha! It's not really a great hipster steed, the frame has lots of pits in the paint and the chrome is in rough shape. I'm going to give it a go with steel wool and WD-40 to see if it's still good. Might be a full resto, or I might just repair and sell "as is" for less.