The loss of "Le Paris” a few months was a major letdown for two reasons: 1) it left me without a road bike 2) the Paris Project of converting it into a dedicated track bike failed before it could even start.
Since losing Le Paris, I already went on to purchase myself a dedicated fixed-gear bike and the idea of getting another road bike just rolled away and didn’t seem at all appealing. It wasn’t until my registration for next month’s NYC Century and my experience at the Le Tour del Diablo that I truly felt unprepared.
What is it about Peugeot bicycles that attracts me so much? I honestly can’t tell you. I don’t even know myself.
Maybe because it was the Louis XIV of the French cycling industry, automobiles, and…uh…pepper shakers many decades ago. Maybe it’s that rad lion on the logo. Maybe I just have a soft spot for vintage bikes, which symbolizes a time when competitive cycling was raw and not so consumed on aerodynamic equipment and marketing.
Whatever the reason may be…I wanted one. After itching for a Peugeot for several years, I turned to the used market on eBay and found what could’ve been the ONE. However, I experienced another disappointment in losing out on it, but as the saying goes - “when one door closes, another opens.” The Sun King himself must’ve smiled upon me on the day I found a similar Peugeot just a few weeks later on a Craigslist ad posted by a very friendly seller (and bad-ass cyclist, too, may I add). There couldn’t have been a better script when she added in a correspondence that her father used to work Peugeot.
Needless to say, I added a beautiful 1986 Peugeot Iseran steel road bike to my inventory. Steel is definitely real, but it’s also REALLY heavy. The task ahead is to upgrade some of the bike’s components and shed some of its weight without losing its character and vintage appearance.
This is the Peugeot Project.