Need some help from the community. My Dad has an old Peugeot PX10LE circa 1977 which has not been ridden since Reagan's first term. I finally decided to ask him if I could have it and get it fixed up. He, hoping to clear out some space in the garage and wishing to see a bike he once loved ridden again, happily said yes.
I'm definitely not one to steer people away from riding fixed gear bicycles (see profile pics), but in this case, that bike looks like it is in superb condition. I would clean it up, get it tuned up, and ride it as is. I'm a fan of only tearing down an old bike if it's in unrideable condition- such as broken derailleurs, or just a frame, or if it's just a good frame with crappy parts on it.
Just my opinion mind you- the frame on that rig would be good for a fixed gear. Just know that a winter in Chicago will wreak havoc on it.
I hear you. I do tend to keep my current bike clean and lubed, even through the crappy months, so whether I go fixie or not on this one, I'm going to baby it.
Thanks for the advice. Do you have a good bike shop that you rely on to get work done or are you one of those do-it-yourselfer's?
Yeah, I'm a do-it-yourselfer. If I had to take my bike to a shop, I think I'd use Uptown Bikes on Broadway or a shop up by where I work in Northbrook. Should be fairly easy to do though for anyone since by the late 70's I think most Peugeot stuff was English standard rather than French thread.
Also, a few other pics...
1977 Catalogue Picture- http://mysite.verizon.net/imagelib/sitebuilder/misc/show_image.html...
1977 Catalogue Specs- http://mysite.verizon.net/imagelib/sitebuilder/misc/show_image.html...
Looks like it says tubular rims, which if you have would be a pain to work with for a city bike. In that case, a new wheel build might be necessary, so maybe a better candidate for a fixie than I thought. Just save everything that comes off in case you want to rebuild it later.