Obtained: July 2011
Found: Bike Works
In the spring of 2010 I was in the university district of Seattle and a fixed up old 10 speed caught my eye, as they tend to, upon closer inspection it turned out to be a 70's Peugeot UO-8 in white with red accents. I was really taken with the look and filed it away in my brain for later use. In July of 2011 at the same time I found the 74 Grand Prix that I have written about I also found a 1975 white Peugeot UO-8 -now I could do my own red on white rebuild!
tool to address the cotters. As a result I didn't get to working on this bike until November. (1974 Catalog shot below couldn't find a 75)
I had initially though this might be a keeper but like the Takara it was a 25 inch frame and just too big for me. Finally I had the proper tool and the time in November to tackle this beauty; I removed the "all original" (and pretty useless after 35 years) cables, housing, brake pads, dry rotted tires and tubes. And then got to work cleaning and waxing the frame, rebuilding the main bearings and getting the bike back to road worthiness. Peugeot bikes of this era had simplex derailleurs and shifters, usually the front derailleur fails due to the use of a plastic clamp but in the case of this UO-8 the FD was fine, it was rear that would not work properly. That was really the only real issue I had with the bike and it was solved with a vintage Shimano Titlist in nice shape and of about the same era.
The red walled tires might have been a bit over the top but what the heck I liked the look and the bike sold fast to a nice tall young man at the UW. A really good resource for old Peugeot info, especially dating them, is http://retropeugeot.com/. By dating I mean figuring out when the bike was made, because taking a bike out on a date would be just wrong and odd....right?
Little did I know that this purchase was only the first in what would be a long line of UO-8's for me. Allez Allez!