Bicycle Maintenance

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/16, 2 sec, ISO1600
“Mechanical Stuff” Cedar Park, 2021

I did a little tidying up on Sophie’s chain and derailleur today. I’m amazed at the design of derailleur mechanism. Sophie is almost 50 years old, but most of today’s bicycles still use the same system. Tried and true!

It also looks very cool, IMHO. 😀

Bicycle Ride to the Library

“Evening Ride” Cedar Park, 2021

I got the notification from the library that a book that I had on hold was ready for pickup! Since Koa takes my car to school and Mariko was out, I decided to ride my Peugeot bicycle to the library.

There were a couple differences from my typical rides around the neighborhood, though. First, I needed a way to carry the hardcover book, which probably wouldn’t fit in Sophie’s frame bag. And secondly, I needed to lock my bike outside the library. So, I grabbed my new REI Trail 40 backpack, put my bike lock in it and headed out the door.

I don’t like to wear a backpack when I ride but it was a necessary evil today. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad! The Trail 40 has a proper hip belt and sternum strap to keep the backpack secure, as well as a nice airflow channel so my back didn’t get sweaty. I almost forgot that I was wearing a backpack!

Anyways, it was a fun and productive ride. I love Sophie because she’s so much faster than my mountain bikes. The acceleration difference is definitely noticeable.

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I hope you had a great day! またね~

Bike Model Discovery

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/210 sec, ISO32
“Sophie” Cedar Park, 2021

I joined a Vintage Peugeot Bicycle group on Facebook recently and while reading through the posts, discovered that Sophie is not an A-08 model as I thought, but is actually a UJ-10. I don’t know how I missed it when checking the old Peugeot catalogs but apparently the telling sign is the gold decal on the seat tube. Mystery solved!

When I brought back Sophie from California earlier this year, I also took the bags that I used on it back in the 80s. I re-fitted the Senator saddle bag to the Brooks B-17 and I think it looks good! It’s pretty small though, so if it doesn’t fit the spare tube I have on order, I’ll look for something a little bigger. I also ordered a new Zefal frame pump that should fit in the mounts. It’s not vintage, but it is made in France so I guess that’s something. 😄

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/120 sec, ISO40
“Senator” Cedar Park, 2021

I hope you had a great day!

Gleaming Spokes and Rebuilding a Wheel

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“Gleaming Spokes” Cedar Park, 2021

The restoration of my Peugeot UJ-10 bicycle took a big leap today because I replaced the old rusty spokes on the front wheel with brand new DT Swiss 260 mm spokes. These are stronger and shiny. So not only is it safer, but the spokes are beautiful!

This was my first time rebuilding a wheel and lacing spokes, but with the help of this video, it was easy and actually a lot of fun!

I’m looking forward to replacing the spokes on the rear wheel next, but I am delaying starting that project because it would mean the bike would be out of service while I wait for parts. I can’t just order spokes (and hub bearings) beforehand because I need to remove them from the bicycle to measure them and ensure I order the correct parts. And I am having too much fun riding the neighborhood with Sophie right now, so I’ll wait on the repair a bit.

I’m so happy with my Peugeot project. It’s so much fun and I am learning so much about bicycles!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“Sophie Silhouette” Cedar Park, 2021

Front-End Friday

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/120 sec, ISO50
“Sophie” Cedar Park, 2021

“Front-End-Friday” is sort of a prompt in the cycling community for posting pictures of the front of your bicycle to Reddit or other social platforms. Sometimes it’s a POV photo of the handlebars, and other times, it’s just a photo like the ones I took of Sophie today.

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/120 sec, ISO64
“Sophie” Cedar Park, 2021

Because it was so hot and getting dark, I just rode to the nearby elementary school to take the photos. I don’t think they came out good enough to post to Reddit, but it was a fun excuse to get out and ride.

As a bonus, I made another video and learned a bit about how to position the camera using the clamp mount. It’s fun to try new things!

I hope you had a good day. またね~