When I spotted what looked like a complete and all original 1978 Peugeot PR 65 on Ebay, I was thrilled. Even though the bike would have to be shipped from France, I had purchased bikes from the seller before, so I wasn’t worried about its journey across the Atlantic.
However, when this package arrived, looking like a giant turtle, it was with some trepidation that I began the process of opening its contents.
The amount of labor involved in packing the bike was probably only exceeded by the amount of time it took me to get all the protective wrapping off. However, even part way through the 1 1/2 hour process, when I finally caught sight of the paint and components, I was pleased.
The bike came through just fine, thanks to the protective materials used. I wasn’t sure whether the component group would match the PR65 in this catalog, but as it turned out, all of the parts are original, including the polished Mavic 700c aluminum rims, high flange Normandy hubs (with helpful 1978 date code), Stronglight TS 3 arm crankset (very pretty), and a complete Simplex drive train. The frame is built with Reynolds 531 7/10 tubing and Nervex lugs. I believe it is the only Peugeot mixte frame built with Reynolds 531.
This bike came with a small TA front rack which mounts to the Mafac brakes and the fork crown, as well as lovely Phillipe porteur style bars. The Phillipe logo is in great condition – its the image of a racer seen from the top, bent over his narrow racing bars.
The seller also installed drop out protectors to help insure that the fork and rear drop outs did not get smashed during shipping.
Even so, the rear drop outs were slightly misaligned such that it was difficult to install the rear wheel. A little “wanging” solved that problem.
All these photos were taken before restoration, a process I am now beginning. In the meantime, this little Peugeot is hanging out in my shop with her sister.