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The black Canadian Made Peugeot UO6 was the first Peugeot acquired in the collection.  Purchased for $30.00 from a local bicycle shop that was going out of business the bicycle was never really given a chance as a rider.  The bicycle was fully refurbished and immediately traded for an early Italian "Torpado".
Even though it represents the bottom of the line for Canadian Made Peugeots, the UO6 is still a nice feeling bicycle to ride.  In fact, it is difficult to tell apart from some of its more sophisticated brothers such as this much higher end UO9.
The bicycle's new owner, a very elderly gentleman, was openly impressed with the fact that this bicycle was so easy to "pump".  The Torpado that he had traded for the UO6 lacked a front derailleur and the rear shifter cable was frozen in place with corossion.  In all the years that he had owned the Italian bicycle, he had never shifted gears.  The easy gearing of the Peugeot impressed the heck out of him.
The second Peugeot UO6 is of even lesser component quality than the black one shown earlier.  This bicycle was acquired at the landfill site and has never been ridden.  Its primary purpose, now, is to help demonstrate the differences between low and higher end Canadian Made Peugeots.
To suggest that the bicycle lacks the quality of its greater siblings is a bit unfair.  Many of the components are identical to those included on more sophisticated bicycles, like this Canadian Made Peugeot Sprint.  On both machines, pantographing is not at all uncommon and considerable attention has been paid to quality of finish.  This blue UO6, obviously stored out of doors for some time, still sports fine paint work that seems unaffected by the elements.
For some reason, the decals or stickers seem to have held up well on this bicycle and such is the case with most Canadian Made Peugeots.  As mentioned above, the paint too, still looks remarkably good.  Also of interest, like its greater brothers, the bicycle's frame is constructed of Carbolite 103 tubing.
It is the component quality that tends to seperate the low end Peugeot from higher end models.  Even though some componentry is shared by both low and high end bikes, for the most part the UO6 sports components fabricated from steel.
Handlebars, wheel hubs and pedals, all made of steel, help to identify the low end nature of the UO6.  The steel stamped brake controls, complete with "Safety Levels" (an unusual and inappropriate name for these controls) are commonly found on lesser Canadian Made Peugeots.
The nicely appointed headbadge, found on many mid level and higher Canadian Peugeots, is not present on this early UO6.  Low end Mafac center-pull calipers, another concession to quality, are included in the component package for this early bicycle.
This blue UO6 is the first one collected that sports steel pedals as opposed to the alloy "quill" style.  It is, however, interesting to note that the crank arms are used even on this low entry level road bike.
As was the case with higher end models, the UO6's shifting chores are handled by Simplex transmission components.  The front derailleur presents an all too common problem for the Canadian Made Peugeot mark.  These Simplex derailleurs are made, in part, of plastic and frequently fail to stand up to the rigors of use.  Several of the bicycles in the collection sport broken front derailleur bodies.
The blue Canadian Made Peugeot UO6 will, most likely, never be ridden.  It will be dropped of at the "Good Neighbour" section of the local landfill site where it will, hopefully, receive a rebuild and then be sent to some needy individual in a third world country.

black UO6, pictured above however, did offer a nice ride even though I did not spend much time in the saddle.  The present owner has expressed his like for the bike and it is sure to see a lot of use in the future.
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