Proposed UO8 Frame Evolution
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Representative 'UO8-type' bicycles showing the evolution of frames, headbadges, and decals.
For 1962-1963 the UO8 had a Trophee de France head tube shield and seat tube decal, and the 'P' and 'g' letters on the Peugeot downtube decal were not connected by a line. The chainstay caps were embossed with a branch-like design.
Below is a mostly original (except for the wheelsets and saddle) UO8 auctioned on EBay from Gainesville by comeupcity in January 2015. Months before the auction, the bicycle was presented on the Blog At Wordpress website. The serial number stamped on the underside of the bottom bracket is 112754. The bicycle came equipped with early Huret Allvit derailleurs that were used on UO8's up until 1963 and were then replaced with white Simplex Prestige Delrin derailleurs. The timing of this derailleur transition is supported by the American Bicyclist and Motorcyclist February 1963 issue that announced Franklin Imports, Inc. as an importer and distributor of Peugeot bicycles in the United States, and the 1962 to 1964 Franklin Imports flyers specifying the UO8 components. Thanks to comeupcity for permission to use these photos on the BikeBoomPeugeot website.
Below is another mostly original 1962-1963 Peugeot in excellent condition located in Satl Lake City. The original owner's son who had the bicycle refurbished indicates that it was purchased in 1963. See Robby Spratt's complete story at Spratt Actual.
For 1963-1964 the UO8 seat tube and down tube decals were the same as the 1962-1963 designs, but the head tube shield was now the red wedge-shaped design retained through 1970. The chainstay caps were also embossed with a branch-like design as in 1962-1963.
According to its original owner, the UO8 presented below was believed to be of ~1963 vintage. The serial number etched on the bottom bracket shell is 115739. CyclArt refurbished this bicycle before selling to a collector in Japan. Thanks to Greg for sharing these photos for use on the BikeBoomPeugeot website.
David Koski's ~1962 Peugeot UO8 that came equipped with a Simplex JUY 61 Export rear derailleur. This frame is identical to CyclArt's UO8, but with a half-painted fork which is more appropriate for this model.
For 1964-? the UO8 head tube shield and seat tube decal were the same as the 1963-1964 designs, but the PEUGEOT down tube decal was now in block letters. In addition, the chainstay caps were now smooth in contrast to the branch-like design of earlier years.
Below is a 1964 UO8 from the webmaster's collection. The bicycle was purchased from a Pittsburgh Craigslist seller in June 2011. The serial number stamped on the rear dropout appears to be 692314 and the underside of the bottom bracket is stamped 64. This bicycle came equipped with a Simplex Prestige AV223 white Delrin front derailleur that replaced the early Huret Allvit derailleur ~1963.
Below is a mint mid-1960s UO8 from the webmaster's collection. The bicycle was purchased from a Cleveland Craigslist seller in February 2015. The seller was given this bicycle by his father who indicated that it originally came outfitted with a Brooks saddle stamped 67. The bicycle has mostly original components including white Delrin Simplex Prestige AV223 front and AR532 rear derailleurs. The serial number stamped on the rear dropout is 492915.
For 1967-1970 the UO8 head tube shield was similar to the previous red wedge-shaped design, but the seat tube lion decal was now modeled after the head tube shield and nested between checkeboards and championship rainbow stripes, and the down tube block-lettered PEUGEOT decal was now bracketed by parallel lines.
Below is a 1970 UO8 from the webmaster's collection. The serial number stamped on the rear dropout is 839946 and the bicycle came equipped with a Simplex Prestige 536 rear derailleur having a 1970 date code.
For 1971-1974 the UO8 head tube and seat tube lion decals were similar to the previous red wedge-shaped design, but now retangular in shape. The down tube block-lettered PEUGEOT was now nested in rhomboid-shaped decal with parallel black and gold lines.
Below is a 1971-1974 UO8 frame listed by the BikeMe Vintage Bicycle Parts EBay store in December 2016. Thanks to EBay seller partri2k for permission to use these photos on the BikeBoomPeugeot website.
||A continuation of the UO8 Frame Evolution is coming in 2016. I am restoring a 1972 UO8 originally sold by Kopp's Cycle, arguably the oldest bicycle shop in the U.S. Follow BikeBoomPeugeot on Twitter for updates.