Ryan S’s liberated Peugeot UO-8.
You may recall I recently sent you a Peugeot UO-8 that had been turned into a Stingray look alike, or UO-Ray8 if you will. You wrote me back blaming BRQ for inciting people to send you crazy bikes and then I explained that I had not made it into a stingray but was trying to *undo *the damage and make it a Road bike again. Well here it is back in its 70’s entry level road bike glory, it sold in a day on Craigslist to a nice young lady who teaches science to kids.
Attached is one before shot to refresh your memory and two after shots of the resurrected 10 speed.
Last week I went to my favorite bike place in Seattle -BikeWorks- a shop and co-op that does lots of cool community stuff and has tons of used parts and project bikes. I went for parts, but I can’t help browsing their stock of project bikes every time I visit. As I was looking over the road bikes I stopped and did a double take, some ingenious and blasphemous bastard had taken a 70’s Peugeot UO-8 road bike and equipped it with Ape Hanger handle bars and Banana seat effectively turning it into a Schwinn Sting Ray. I was stunned, impressed and horrified all at once. Is it a Peug-winn, a Schwin-geot or a UO-Ray8?
And then as I continued to stare the bike *spoke *to me “*Pleeze Monsieur, HELP!, remove my shame, Merde! undo what zey did to moi, I want to be ze road bike again. Lets Allez*!”
So I had them dig it out of the stack and for $25 I came home with another bike project I didn’t need but couldn’t walk away from. And when I declared my intention to the shop dude to restore the bike to its former mass produced 10 speed 1970’s French road bike glory another customer offered to buy the ape hangers and banana seat when I take it apart. That will bring the price down to $15 out of pocket to start. I am far from finished but I have washed off the first layers of grime and removed and replaced the offending seat and handle bars.