This bicycle was manufactured when Peugeot was still located at their original manufacturing plant, in Valentigney (above). The Valentigney badged machines are the most valued by collectors.
1899 Peugeot Freres a Valentigney ‘Bicyclette Extra’
Front Plunger Brake & Cable-operated Rear Rim Brake
Peugeot ‘Lion’ Frame Bag
Inch Pitch Chainwheel
Fixed Wheel, geared to 81″
This rare turn-of-the-century road-racing machine comes from my friend Ray. He told me: ‘It has a Peugeot Lion frame bag and a French licence plate [above the headbadge]. It only weighs 29lb. I’ve raced it at Herne Hill, Eastleigh, and elsewhere and it’s easily the fastest machine of its era that I have ridden. Geared to 81″ the fixed wheel cog was made for it. The seat tube is sleeved for the seat post (I needed a longer seat post) and it has been re-spoked. Otherwise it is original.’
Since getting it from Ray, and since these photos were taken, it has been fitted with an earlier saddle.
Peugeot was a leading cycle manufacturer from the 1890s onwards. Their cycles were built with quality in mind and components, made by the company themselves, were innovative. Observe the early rear brake calliper set-up on this machine, which is advanced for its era. Like other French bicycles of this time, the chainwheel is inch pitch. As you can see from the 1901 Peugeot catalogue, the company had already introduced a motorised quadricycle (automobile), as well as a de Dion Powered motorised tricycle. Nevertheless, bicycles still ruled the roads. State-of-the-art transportation for 1899, this is a serious machine that’s road-tested and ready to ride.
1901 PEUGEOT CYCLE CATALOGUE EXTRACTS
PEUGEOT REAR BRAKE
The photo above illustrates the earlier saddle now fitted to the Peugeot.
1898 PEUGEOT CYCLE CATALOGUE EXTRACTS