So I just got Peugeot bike frame that I'd like to make into my regular commuter.

I had a KHS triathalon single speed for a few years that a road day and night from city to city, putting miles on it. It was a beauty, fast smooth and durable and unfortunately it's no longer with me. I miss those days.

This would be my first build with all parts replaced except handle bars maybe saddle and could use all the advice and knowledge from experienced riders. I don't know anything about bike brands or parts. So any words of knowledge on best brands, parts, what websites to buy from, anything would be helpful. And FYI I am on a budget so if you know any good deals out there I'd appreciate it. Thank you!

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  • This question also seems extremely broad. Is there a bike co-op near you? It seems that what you really need is a bunch of people to have discussions with, and discussions don't work at all well within the format of this site. Apr 19, 2018 at 15:00

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You may run into some compatibility issues with this frame, and should be aware of potential issues, or sure of the correct size/standard, before you buy certain parts. Just knowing that it is a Peugeot isn't enough, as they were made over several decades on different continents with different standards in different places. The wheel size will be either 27" or 700c, probably 27" if it was made for the US. That means most modern road wheels (700c) will be a bit too small (8mm), so you would either have to have a "long reach" brake to reach the braking surface or make sure you have 27" wheels. The axle spacing (wheel width) might be a bit different too, which can usually be corrected with some fiddling with cone wrenches and washers, or just calling it good it if the difference is not more than a few mm's.

As for the bottom bracket, a lot of peugeots have the less common "french thread" bottom bracket shell (there are a few different standards, "english" being the most common), meaning most new bottom brackets wouldn't fit. If you can spin the cranks and there is not a lot of resistance, and there is no noticeable play or rocking in the axle, then you probably don't need to worry about it (I would be sure to tighten down the bolts holding the crank arms on though, good practice).

I would do some research about what size wheels and bottom bracket that bike has, which you can probably just find with the serial number under the bottom bracket.

It looks like you really just need wheels! A back brake wouldn't hurt, also ...

  • I see you have already square-taper bottom bracket - that saves you a lot of troubles with fitting another BB. Nevertheless if you come up with the idea of putting the BB with cartridge bearings, let me know, I'll post how I did it with my Motobecane frame retaining original cups.
    – Mike
    Apr 19, 2018 at 10:41

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