Gallery: Daniel’s 1980 Peugeot Y09

My bike is basically a beater that I’ve pieced together. I was in the junkyard looking for parts for a street rod project I’ve been working on when I found this bike leaning against a tree. It had been leaning there quite awhile and the owner said “take it” so I did. I got it home, and over the course of a couple weeks, rebuilt it. When I began riding it I started looking for excuses to ride more and the next logical choice was riding to work, which I’ve been doing daily for the past couple of months. The street rod project is for the most part forgotten. I ride about 8 miles a day in a small town with zero bike culture. The drivers are, for the most part, nice and I haven’t put gas in my car since June!

The bike is a ’80 Peugeot model Y09 with Surly hubs (single-speed freewheel) and dt-swiss rims. The rack was on my bike back in the ’80s when I was in junior high. The manufacturer’s name is illegible but it is very light. It is actually lighter than the bungee I use to strap my stuff to it! I included the pic of my rusty rat trap pedals to garner some sympathy. At first I tried to fix all of the original equipment but it turned out to be easier and less expensive to just strip all of the stuff off and go single speed. It’s more fun to ride now anyway. Maybe someday I’ll paint it but for now it is anti-theft rust (only surface) and blue.

People ask me all the time why I’m riding a bike and they look at me like I’m crazy sometimes. I always tell them I do it because it’s fun or I’m doing it because of gas but the truth is I do it because it feels right. —Daniel

3 Responses to “Gallery: Daniel’s 1980 Peugeot Y09”

  • Geoff says:

    Good choice on the Peugeot. My first serious commuting bike was a Peugeot about the same vintage, but it was the UO-8 frameset (19″) and was absolutely the most comfortable upright bike I’ve ever owned (bought new). It was a candy-apple red color with gold trim paint around the welds, like your’s. Running gear was Suntour. I modified the bike to a hybrid configuration by removing the drop handlebars and installing a set of hybrid bars with a slight rearward bend about 6″ out from the stem on each side, plus some dense foam grips. Also added hybrid-type brake levers and handlebar mounted shifters. Also, I put on slightly wider 1-3/8″ Avocet “Cross” commuting tires, which were ‘new’ then, and excellent quality for their intended use. Added a black rear rack, plus an early vintage rear flasher and a rechargeable headlight. I rode the bike for several years and locked it up to a railing stanchion outside the main entrance to our leased government office building (with a guard at a desk in the doorway). One foggy morning, I had to go to a meeting at our main building, and when I returned on the shuttle, I went to get my bike to ride to another building to pick up some materials. I found my heavy duty chain lying on the ground and the hoop of my heavy-duty key padlock had been cut with a bolt cutter… my beautiful Peugeot was gone! In the near Northwest section of Washington, DC (4th Street), once a bike is stolen, there is “no hope” of ever recovering it. With an insurance claim on my homeowner’s policy, I replaced that lovely roadbike-ala hybrid with another Peugeot, this time their “Urban Express” citybike (the first year in production), which was designed from the getgo as a commuter. I rode it for 9 years and probably put close to 40,000 miles on it, before donating it to Bikes for the World. It’s probably in Africa somewhere now, still giving yeoman service ! I hope you enjoy your Peugeot; they are lovely bikes and well-made. Keep after the rust, though, particularly the undersides of the welds at the bottom bracket and the stem (which aren’t readily visible).

  • Righteous Metal Broad says:

    That rack looks very much like a Pletscher. It’s an old swiss company, been making racks for years.

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