Wednesday, July 6, 2011

look what the cat dragged in


I've been dreaming of one of these for quite a while now, and look what just turned up in the hard rubbish on Acland Street.Thought I was dreaming. 

Paint looks pretty good but perhaps I'll go the whole hog? A  nice new Charge saddle,Sugino cranks,Shimano bottom bracket,VO left banks and some new velocity rims,of course.

Looks like a car has driven over the wheels,but the frame is straight and true. We're in the grip of a pretty brutal winter here in lovetown and I'm in need of some velo therapy. Here I go again.


12 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am always amazed at the things people just throw away these days. We live in this disposable society where we cannot be bothered to fix or repair. Just toss it and go down to the nearest big box store and buy another piece, made in China. Have fun with your winter project.

Chandra said...

Good find! I am assuming it is a folder. Will make a great project bike for you!

I don't understand the need to throw away things that can be fixed and buying something (usually substandard) to replace it.

Glad you ain't throwin' things, that can be salvaged, away!

Peace :)

slow rpm said...

Hello Cpt Sinbad and You OTL. I know what you mean.I was at the tip earlier today and could have ridden away on any of 3 good treadlies that had been dumped. Still,I think people have an eye for quality, and a 35 YO French made Peugeot will never last for long on the rubbish heap.

cheers,

Ian

slow rpm said...

Peace to you too,Chandra. Things are looking problematical on the Peugeot front. The wheels are 550mm which is weird, even by old French sizing standards.Looks like more ebay bidding to get this one up and running. I have on my desk the latest Brompton catalogue.Hmmmm?

bikelovejones said...

Crazy. You'd NEVER find something like just sitting out by the curb here in Portland. Congrats on the great find and be sure to post pictures of its progress.

BTW, how do you define "brutal" winters down there? Just curious.

Happy riding --BLJ

slow rpm said...

Hello BLJ.

I can hear you laughing from here!A brutal winter in Melbourne = 10C,wet and windy. Pretty tame,I know.

The fold up project is looking better now as I have sourced some used 550A rims and a good LBS to build the wheels.

cheers,

ian

Max Valiant said...

Hey there RPM, I have just discovered your blog. I like it. Wll done.

I'm a Melbourne fella too. Collingwood.

I have just won a bid on a Peugeot Neuveau which I was planning to rebuild. Your posts have been a little inspiring and somewhat depressing as this bike only has a rear wheel. Any ideas where someone might pick up a front 550A wheel/rim?

Cheers R

slow rpm said...

Hey R. There's a vintage swap meet,Sat Oct 8th, out back of Abbortsford Cycles in Richmond.Chances are,you'll find the parts you need there.

cheers,

ian

Max Valiant said...

Fantastic, thanks. Will be there. By the way, where did you manage to find those Neuveau decals? I'd love a new set.

Cheers

slow rpm said...

Hi MV.The decals come from Cyclomondo,an ebay seller.He stocks an incredible range of stickers.The frame came back from the powder coaters yesterday.Looks spiffy and I'll post as I go.

cheers,

ian

Max Valiant said...

I'll be watching with interest. That cable routing looking messy in the extreme. And the brakes themselves will no doubt take some tinkering to get right.
I might be a loooong rebuild for me.

slow rpm said...

Hey MV.I lucked out as I was able to find a rear wheel with a coaster hub which negates the need for that awkward internally routed cable.As for the front,I'm using a new Dia compe centre pull caliper brake.Anyways,will see how it all turns out.

cheers,