Well if you could travel a touch, Tucson has a bike swap meet twice a year, and it's a very large and very popular event. I'd suggest you ask some of the local bikes shops if they know of any bike swap meets in California. Googling "California bicycle swap meet california" gives quite a few relevant results, too.roughelephant said:That's awesome I didn't know they had huge swap meets for just bikes. Still in college though. Probably not going to make it to PA or MD anytime soon. Know any swap meets around California? -home state-
Originally Posted by roughelephant .
That's awesome I didn't know they had huge swap meets for just bikes. Still in college though. Probably not going to make it to PA or MD anytime soon. Know any swap meets around California? -home state-
As AlanG has noted, and as you may know, most vintage French bikes have BBs & Headsets which have "French" threads ... both cups on a French BB have right-hand threads, BTW.Originally Posted by AlanG .
You'll also need the appropriate bottom bracket - presumably French threaded.
That bike came from a middle school where the teach kids how to fix up bikes and then they sell them to fund the program. I bought it before they fixed it up because they had received so many donations, they didn't have room to store them. There was a huge number of bikes that had to go at very low prices but I just bought one and a set of wheels. Yeah when I was done, the bike looked nice but didn't ride that great, especially braking. It also was too large for me so I sold it. As much as I like fixing and building bikes, I can only have so many and I also can't really justify the time I spend working on them. In this case I made about a $200 profit which might work out to $15 an hour. I do have a nice workshop and all kinds of metal grinding and polishing tools. So if I take a lot of time, I can really make a big improvement to a bike.Originally Posted by alfeng .
I think I mentioned it before ... IMO, THAT was a great find.
Thanks. 99% of the credit necessarily goes to Raleigh & the various component manufacturers, but I'll take 1% of the credit for the specific assembly.Originally Posted by AlanG .
That bike looks very nice.
When I said the Peugeot did not ride so great, It wasn't the frame I was referring to. If I had a modern build up like the black bike you posted, I probably would have loved it. I guess I am just now used to the crisper performance of newer components. The braking was ok in the dry but in the rain using those textured chrome rims, the braking was almost non-existent. Aluminum wheels might have made all of the difference. I've been riding since about 1975 so I grew up using down tube shifters. But I don't really like using them anymore. When I built up my old ALAN frame, I wanted to be able to enjoy riding it a lot. So I put Ergo shifters and a newer rear derailleur on it rather than keeping all components from the proper era. I did use Delta brakes for the look alone but they take a strong grip to stop the bike. (I know you are going to recommend modern pads but I already have Kool Stops on them.) It actually feels as if the springs in the brakes are too strong.
If I could justify owning more bikes, I'd love to fix up a Peugeot frame (or Paramount, Raleigh, etc.) with fairly modern components. But I think anything I work on now will be for the fun of the process and I'll have to sell it. I am at my limit of 5 bikes.