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  • Well there I was bored with the sun shining and some petrol in my tank. So I went searching for a frame for what will eventually be new fixie. Much to my delight hopping between various dumps I found this:

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    Though not too knowledgeable about what it was i did clearly notice PEUGEOT emblazoned across the frame so went for it. £2 later I had my frame. Fast forward about an hour or so...

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    viola one stripped down bike (which I now know to be a 1970's Peugeot U09) but alas... I have been unable to remove a few things (as far as i know its all the original parts btw), and was hoping people might be able to help me.
    The things I am having trouble with are...
    The cranks, i'm not sure if they are just rusted onto the BB or if there is a knack to getting them off.
    The Bars, I cant slide them off (i cant get round the tight bent in the bars)
    The Stem, having undone all the bits I still cant separate the stem from the forks

    Also if people have any opinions on whether it is worth converting a U09 or not then I would love to hear them.
    Thanks

  • DO NOT THROW AWAY THE SEATPIN!

    if it's one of the old weird small peug sizes you will not find a replacement.

  • the cranks: they look cottered?
    the bars: just undo the stem clamp bolt more, you can carefully lever the jaw apart a bit more if you need to. They went in that way, they'll come out that way!
    stem: wd40 undo the allen bolt on the top, not too much just so it's loose. carefully beat the shit out of the stem with a wooden or rubber mallet

  • splatbucket where did you go to look are you from lonodn?

  • Frame looks in very nice nick - good find!

  • As people have said, spread the clamp on th bars and give them a good wiggle as you get to the bends.

    For the stem, maybe also try some oil. I did that recently on an holdsworth i'm messing about with and it loosened it up enough to get it out.

    Cranks don't look cottered, probably just a bit rusted. As long as you can get the bolt off, a crank extractor should get em off.

  • They don't look like cottered cranks - there's no bolt out the side. They look like Sugino but they only have three arms. Stronglight?

  • Hey guys, as you can now see everything is now removed (and I reclaimed the seat pin from the skip, Thanks) In the end i used a bit of wd-40 and tapped it to get twisting, thanks.

    The cranks are indeed Stronglight (the prize goes to hippy) and I have decided to keep them on there, realised there was no point removing them yet, they still work fine.
    Yer the frame is in good nick, only a bit of minor rust where the derailer was. I'll sort that in the not too distant future.

    Now I was wondering....
    Ideally I would love to set up a nice cheap fixie until i'm sure that I enjoy it. So anyone got any suggestions for a cheap fixed hub or way to keep the cost of the wheels down? thanks.

  • if the bits are not budging, try some penetrating oil.

    penetrating oil (don't need to use this link, but can usually get it from any hardware shop.

  • http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conver­sion.html#hub

    Personally I'd buy a fixed-specific wheel (actually have one made) but you can get an old wheel and thread on a fixed cog (suicide conversion coz you can't fit a lockring), redish the wheel (recentre the wheel as you don't need to allow for a 5spd+ cluster any more)

  • This one should be in a menu of this site: http://sheldonbrown.com/deakins/how-to-f­ixed-conversion.html

  • I wish I had thought of going round dumps :(

  • Yeah.. what is the go with that? You paid £2 for the frame? Where do you live? Near London? Surely not?

    Back in Oz you just had to wait for 'hard rubbish day' when people would leave BIG items out for the council to collect them.
    Of course, fat lazy car-obsessed Aussies leave their almost unridden 10+ year old road bikes out for collection.. by US! the bike obsessed rubbish trawlers.. :)

  • I'm stuck down in Somerset/Devon, so no not really london, but i'll be moving up there in Oct (uni course) so I am kinda in London, soon ish :)

  • Yeah, I asked because I was fairly sure there's no dumps here and certainly no hard rubbish collection.
    Plus, people here tend to pass bikes along or sell 'em. They don't just get left outside for anyone to take..

  • especially one in such good nick. that paint work is better than half the bike frames i own.

  • its not as good as it seems, just good photos. i'll pop up a bigger photo sometime. but it is still in good condition

  • splatbucket I'm stuck down in Somerset/Devon, so no not really london, but i'll be moving up there in Oct (uni course) so I am kinda in London, soon ish :)

    im near there mate what dumps did you look in?
    more importantly which one was a success!!!???

  • all the dumps round me won't let you take stuff, they don't take bungs and even tried to take my bike as scrap last time i was there!

  • nice find unusual crank look nice though stronglight are pretty good bits of kit

  • I found it in the Tiverton Dump Its a rather good one, but only the devon dumps let you buy/take things away from them. Where is it your from?

  • im from bath but not too far from devon and if there is a treasure chest of old bikes i would drive down!

  • it's like that beach in cornwall the ship grounded on
    people heading down from all over the country to loot

  • haha! were there many old bikes there or do you think you got lucky?

  • splatbucket I found it in the Tiverton Dump Its a rather good one, but only the devon dumps let you buy/take things away from them. Where is it your from?

    i've been to that dump. it's a good'un. they tried to sell me an old video game for 50 notes. told them to stick it.

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