I've bought a second hand old Peugeot, I really enjoy the bike, but I'm having a balance problem with it, pulls to the left when riding.

Could it be related with the handlebars? They are crooked.

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    Welcome to Bicycles! This site is a Question and Answer site, not a traditional forum. "Ramblings" tend to get removed. It would be best to ask each question separately, and include the essential question in the title, instead of putting multiple related questions in a single post.
    – freiheit
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 0:26
  • And add the photos to the post, rather than use links, please.
    – andy256
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 1:27
  • Do you mean that the bike pulls to the left when you're riding?
    – WTHarper
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 3:47
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    I would have that bike checked out at a shop. It really looks like it has been through at least one serious crash. Frame might be fine, but I would replace the stem/handlebars if you find any scratches/damage. Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 17:04
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    It has been in a frontal crash and the fork tines are bend back subtly. One will be more bent than the other. I bet it feels very sketchy if you hit a small bump in the road, trying to crab sideways. I'd also bet that riding straight forward, the back wheel rides to the side of the front wheel. You can ride through a puddle on otherwise dry concrete to confirm that.
    – Criggie
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 3:09

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I have a vintage peugeot and one characteristic of older steel frames like them is horizontal dropouts. Although they have their advantages it also means you must be careful to align the rear wheel properly when putting it back on the bike.

If you look carefully from above the wheel should be exactly central between the chainstays and the seatstays. Although hard to see, in your 2nd photo it looks as though it's off to the left a bit. Just loosen the QR and carefully adjust the axle's position in each dropout until you have the wheel central.

This is most likely the cause of your problem.

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    Looking at the other pics, they sure don't look like horizontal drop-outs. Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 19:25
  • It is hard to see but I think they are. Maybe OP can provide a more detailed photo. In the link provided by @batman there is a close-up of the dropouts which are clearly horizontal so if the model is the same I think we can be sure they are. In any case I have yet to see a vintage peugeot without horizontal dropouts.
    – harryg
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 17:00

Straighten your seat. It's pointed a bit to the right, causing your body to slightly slant to the left to compensate, moving center of the mass a bit to the left, causing whole bike to lean and turn left.

  • Yes, that's also true. Thanks Mladen. I would vote up on your anwser, but I still can't.
    – antao
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 8:59
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    Np, also, check that wheels are reasonably true and centered within forks (having the same distance from both fork arms). Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 9:03

http://marksbikes.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/bike-mysteries/ might be a useful link to start with - It says Anjou on it, so its reasonable to guess its a Peugeot Anjou of some year. In that link, they do link to some old Peugeot catalogues and what not (for example: http://i419.photobucket.com/albums/pp271/qeugeot/1989fr/1989fr_27.jpg is a 1989 Peugeot Anjou). Depending on what parts of the bike are original, you may be able to figure out what year it is from the catalogues.

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