Hi Jim,

I figured I'd submit my Peugeot fixie for the Current Classics gallery. I suppose it would also work for the SSG. (ed note - SSG it is, Joe - I saw the photos before reading your text and put it in with the Single Speed bunch... ) I must admit inspiration derived from P. Lynn Miller's PE-8, especially with the great fat tires on shiny wheels with high flange hubs. I didn't spring for Phils though.

The wheels are excellent Milwaukee hubs with Sun rims and double butted Wheelsmith spokes. I managed to score a flashy red anodized Stronglight crankset from Craig's List. The seatpost and stem are both local bike shop finds, as are the pedals and toe clips. The brake levers are Tektro ergo levers, strapped to Belleri Randonneur bars, pulling on Mafac racer brakes with Kool Stop pads. The Textro levers have the built in quick release to clear the bulging 35mm Pasela TG's. The saddle is a Brooks Special Copper, which is my favorite seat at the moment.

The big challenge of building this bike was dealing with the French frame. The bottom bracket is a new Edco french threaded model, so the cranks had to be European taper. Luckily, someone had already tapped these for standard pedal threads, so I didn't have to search for Lyotard or something for that. The stem was a lucky find, as it not only fit the French 22.0 steerer tube, but jacks the bars up enough to be comfy for me. The seatpost was another lucky find, at 25.8mm, it's not the most common size around anymore.

This bike rides like a Citroen DS, stable and cushy! I've managed to put in a couple long days on it so far, and plan on many more.


Joe Boyle,
Philadelphia, PA



Peugeot Fixie - drive side view
Peugeot Fixie - up against the bricks
Peugeot Fixie - stronglight crankset detail
Peugeot Fixie - front end detail
Peugeot Fixie - rear triangle detail




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