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In 2007 I built my first fixed gear bicycle after saving a battered 1976 Peugeot UJ10 from the dumpster, the UG10 is a different kind of bike boom Peugeot as it was designed for junior racing and in order to give the bike better clearance for tight corners the bottom bracket sits a few inches higher than your standard UO8.

To do this they brazed the bottom bracket shell to allow for some modified frame angles and used some pretty stiff tubing, as such you get a frame that only measures 48cm at the seat tube but has a 32 inch standover and a 52 cm top tube and less trail to make it a much quicker handling bike.

That first year I rode Brigitte over 8000 km and there were many folks who thought I rode nothing else, we went on countless adventures, worked as messengers together, and until 2012 she was my main squeeze until a crash retired her… her fork was bent beyond repair after we caught a deep rut in the road on a dark and rainy night.

She has been stored in the rafters of my shop for several years as I flirted with the other girls, but you never forget your first love and I had been looking for a new fork.

Yesterday morning I got up with that new fork in hand and proceeded to rebuild her from the frame up, my Peugeot AO8 became a parts donor as I had built custom wheels and needed the French bottom bracket, saddle, and seatpost which are all proprietary sizes.

She looks better than ever…

I wonder what new adventures we have ahead of us…