Re: [CR] [Fwd: [Classicrendezvous] Re: 1970's Peugeot UO8 - is it worth it?]

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Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 14:55:19 -0500
To: Jerry Moos <>, Classic Rendezvous <>
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Subject: Re: [CR] [Fwd: [Classicrendezvous] Re: 1970's Peugeot UO8 - is it worth it?]

Jerry Moos wrote:
>The UO-8 was, in my opinion, a good entry level recreational bike
>and really not
>bad for long distance touring,

Yes, this was the primo under $100 bike in the early '70s. There were lots of very similar bikes from other makers, Jeunet, Mercier, Raleigh (Grand Prix) etc. The thing that set the UO-8 above the others as a touring bike was the 36 tooth chainring, where everybody else used a 40 or 42.
>though a bit too heavy for any competitive
>riding. The UO-8 was my first "10 speed" in 1972 and once I
>replaced the junky
>Simplex Prestige derailleurs

The Simplex Prestige was hot stuff and a great value in, say, 1961. It was hopelessly antiquated by the time of the '70s bike boom, but with a sellers' market, there was no incentive for Simplex to improve on it until it was too late.
> with Shimano Titlist, the bike was quite
>enjoyable. That said, it is not collectable, and one could probably
>never sell
>one for more than $100, with $50 probably more typical. If he rechromed the
>crank, he has probably already spent more than he'll ever recover. The only
>reason to fully restore one would be sentimental attachment to a
>bike from one's

Right, but that can be a very good reason.

See also Carapace C. Umber's UO-8 tirade:

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