This is a 1988 Peugeot Triathlon in Metallic Purple fade into White with Dark Blue Lettering. It is a 24.5″ / 62 cm / Extra Large (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) internally brazed Reynolds 501 steel frame with a Cro-Mo steel fork. The stand over height is 33.5″ directly in front of the saddle.
There are 12 speeds available through the Shimano 105 two ring Biopace (52/42t) crankset and the Shimano 6 gear freehub.
The rear derailleur is a Shimano 105 and the front is also a Shimano 105. Shifting is through Downtube mounted indexed Shifters.
The rear wheel is an anodized Sunrims M14A alloy rim drilled for a Presta valve laced to a Shimano 105 alloy hub with quick release. The front is a Velotech (Mavic) anodized alloy rim drilled for a Presta valve and laced to a Shimano 105 alloy hub with quick release. Both wheels have Serfas Seca 700x23c black wall tires. The dropouts have wheel locator screws.
Braking is handled by front and rear Shimano 105 side pull caliper Brakes. The brake levers are Shimano 105 aero levers.
The new black vinyl saddle is mounted to a fluted alloy seat post that moves freely in the seat tube.
Alloy CTA handlebars with black handlebar tape are mounted to an alloy stem with a Shimano 105 headset.
There is an alloy bottle cage mounted to the downtube and bosses for another on the seat tube.
The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.
This was the largest size available for this model. It has the entire Shimano 105 group. There are scratches to the paint and the usual (for Peugeot) corrosion on the top tube where the cable guides were brazed. Peugeot claims a 23 lb weight, which is still a very respectable weight. For comparison: a 1984 Motobecane Jubilee with Columbus tubing has a claimed weight of 23.1 lbs, a 1991 Raleigh Competition with Reynolds 531 tubing and aluminum lugs has a claimed weight about 21 lbs and Trek claims a 1996 Trek 2120 Composite with carbon fiber tubes and aluminum lugs weighs 22.75 lbs. Probably best suited for riders 6’3″ and up.
For less than the price of a generic Bike Shaped Object that anyone might buy online or from a store that sells bicycles in the Toy Department, you could be riding this vintage bicycle with quality components. The fact that it is still rolling down the road is a testament to how well it was built.
It’s important to point out that this is not just a used bicycle, but a vintage bicycle. While it has been test ridden a little over two miles (up and down a long hill, over two sets of railroad tracks and through a neighborhood) to ensure that it actually does turn, brake and shift correctly, it is a 34 year old bicycle with mechanical components which will work well today and could possibly fail tomorrow or may work just as designed for another 50 years. It has not been restored to factory new condition and the price reflects this.
Also, think of the type of riding you are likely to be doing and the bicycle that you are considering. If you normally ride a mountain bike and are looking at a 40 year old road bike because it’s your favorite color, one of your considerations should probably not be wondering about how awesome a 40 year old Peugeot made of Vitus 980 Super Light Tubing and rolling on 23c road tires will look on Instagram covered in mud or jumping a curb: it will look broken.
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