A Vintage Peugeot Racer

Spotted in Chinatown, in New York City, a lean and beautiful vintage Peugeot:

With what look like two seriously under-inflated (but not quite flat) tires.

It’s got shifters on the frame, and that’s a hook for the (missing) tire pump.

I love seeing a vintage bike’s history on its frame. This is probably the original dealer’s label from the Beverly Hills Bicycle Shop (“We Service What We Sell”).  I think the upper part of the label says “National Bicycle Dealers Association”, and it definitely says “Member” beneath.

At one time, California required licenses for all bikes. This Peugeot was registered in the city of Los Angeles, and the license expired in December of 1975, which wasn’t long before cities began giving up on the whole bike licensing program.

I can’t tell what model this one is, but I’m pretty sure it’s a 10-speed — there were a lot of those around at the time.  Peugeot was known in the USA mostly for bikes like these, but according to this Wikipedia article, they also made a folder that looks a lot like my little Italian one, though I’ve never seen one in person.