Call it a fad, but one cannot argue that the fixed gear craze that spread throught the globe like wildfire during the end of the last decade successfully brought people's attention back to bicycles. Taking cues from the bicycle messenger culture, people started buying decommissioned track frames to be used on the streets. Others simply dig through their barns, storages, or attics for old steel road frames, which are later to be built as fixed gear bikes.
Then as any good trend should, the fixed gear hype finally settled down. While some simply dropped their bikes in pursuit of another hype, many others cannot withdraw from their newfound love of cycling. Among these people are Arka, who rides a Peugeot that was converted into fixed gear and felt that it's about time to step up (or back?) to what the frame was intended to be—as a road bike.
The frame came in a great condition. No further information about the exact type of this specific Peugeot: our research stopped at this 1997 catalog, which contains a picture of Competition 5000 bicycle that looked almost the same as this red frame. Almost? Yup, although the Competition shared the same ovalized downtube, beautiful internally brazed tube junctions, unicrown fork, even down to the headtube cable guides, this red Peugeot have eyelets on each dropouts and top of the seatstays. Anyone with information over this particular model, please do colaborate in the comments.
|English threaded bottom bracket shell allows us to use standard Tiagra bottom bracket.|
The wheels are from its fixed-gear days, relaced to a set of Tiagra hubs. The Tiagra logo also adorned almost every single new parts on this bike: the 4600 model was chosen for its balance between price and 10-speed performance. Also carried over from its previous fixed gear incarnation are the Cinelli cockpit and BLB saddle.