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Rescued 1972 Peugeot PX10!

Old 10-14-19, 07:36 PM
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Rescued 1972 Peugeot PX10!

When I started posting here, I described in the Newbie thread about the little gold mine I hit. I was shopping in a dingy antique mall - more of a junk shop really, but came across a bike that really caught my attention. It was filthy - think that nasty dusty grease that collects on your range hood, or cosmoline and dirt. Well, I bought the bike anyways - for a whopping $100.00. After hours of washing and scrubbing into every nook and cranny, something marvelous appeared. I didn't really take many "before and after" photos, because what I uncovered was beyond all expectations. In the past two weeks, I have replaced all the cable housings, gotten new Newbaums cloth bar tape, and disassembled and repacked every bearing, and worked with steel wool and aluminum foil to polish up the whole bike. I replaced the Reynolds 531 stickers, and had to repair two big dings in the paint, as well as some rubs in the logos and bands. It's not a shiny, showroom restoration, because I'm going to RIDE THIS LIKE I STOLE IT! The only thing not original to the bike are the wheels, although the freewheel is - and the hubs are Maillard and the rims are Mavic. If you can see them - check out the handlebar plugs, found those on eBay for a nice finishing touch.








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Wow... stellar work!!! You did well for a Franklin!!!
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Beautiful job!

Thanks very much for posting.

Dunno why those Lyotard model 36 pedals are on there, they should be model 45CA.

Wheels too late for 1972, but then you of course know that already.

OEM bar plugs would have been VELOX black rubber.

For a factory look nuts on dropout adjusters should be facing outward.

You have the nut on the cycle's ALGI seat binder mounted backwards.

Great work!

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Old 10-14-19, 09:24 PM
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Tres bien!

I see someone already replaced the OEM 45T inner chainring with a 40. The other popular mod was to replace the 14-21 freewheel with a 14-26 or 14-28. Very nice machine, and the Brooks saddle looks to be in good shape, nicely broken in.
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Great bike and nice work. It's pretty hilly in central NY. If you decide you need greater gear range, there are ways to mod the bike to make that happen.
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Nice job! That's a great looking bike.
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looks great, like a well set up PX10.

I understand the choice of pedals, for those that prefer to rice without the toe clips and straps. My feet were just too wide for the stock PX10 pedals.
I wouldn't expect the MTB shoes to grab the pedals all that well, but if a softer-soled shoe is uncomfortable, then those might be the best choice.
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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
looks great, like a well set up PX10.

I understand the choice of pedals, for those that prefer to rice without the toe clips and straps. My feet were just too wide for the stock PX10 pedals.
I wouldn't expect the MTB shoes to grab the pedals all that well, but if a softer-soled shoe is uncomfortable, then those might be the best choice.
What I intend to do for Coffee Shop rides or light touring is to see if I can find a better quality pair of the "clipless platform" pedals and remove the ones in the photo. I do have another set of pedals that may be the correct ones, but the bearings on one side are shot and they did not have the toe clips & straps.
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Very nice find and stellar refurbishment!
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Well done sir, very well done!

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This is a truly beautiful bike, and I always like the distinctiveness of the '72s - the plain Nervex DuBois lugs painted black, with the original, more traditional geometry always stood out for me.
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Nice!!

You deserve a matching retro Peugeot team jersey.
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Super nice and bonus points for cosmoline reference
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Awesome bike!
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Wow, that looks great! Perhaps someone intentionally packed it in cosmoline because it is close to a time capsule bike!
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Well done. I hope you have enough seat post left in the tube. That is a lot of post showing.
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Very nice! What did you do to bring back the shine on the brakes and cranks?
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Very nice! What did you do to bring back the shine on the brakes and cranks?
#0000 Steel Wool and some tired fingers after a long session of polishing!
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Originally Posted by CV-6 View Post
Well done. I hope you have enough seat post left in the tube. That is a lot of post showing.
Good eye - I was granted long legs and a short torso, so the 58cm is the frame size I need for a good fit, but my saddle height needs to be 801mm. I had to remove the original Simplex seat post shown and was able to practically steal a mid-70's Campagnolo seat post that is 210mm long and the correct 26.4mm.

If anyone is in the market for a nearly perfect original Simplex seat post, I'd take a reasonable offer! The Simplex logo is slightly damaged (pulled away from the tack weld on one side) but can easily be fixed in place. It shines like the day it was new...
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
Nice!!

You deserve a matching retro Peugeot team jersey.
He needs at least two retro matching Peugeot Team jersies. And a Peugeot 604 Station Wagon to haul the PX 10 in.
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Originally Posted by tgenec86 View Post
When I started posting here, I described in the Newbie thread about the little gold mine I hit. I was shopping in a dingy antique mall - more of a junk shop really, but came across a bike that really caught my attention. It was filthy - think that nasty dusty grease that collects on your range hood, or cosmoline and dirt. Well, I bought the bike anyways - for a whopping $100.00. After hours of washing and scrubbing into every nook and cranny, something marvelous appeared. I didn't really take many "before and after" photos, because what I uncovered was beyond all expectations. In the past two weeks, I have replaced all the cable housings, gotten new Newbaums cloth bar tape, and disassembled and repacked every bearing, and worked with steel wool and aluminum foil to polish up the whole bike. I replaced the Reynolds 531 stickers, and had to repair two big dings in the paint, as well as some rubs in the logos and bands. It's not a shiny, showroom restoration, because I'm going to RIDE THIS LIKE I STOLE IT! The only thing not original to the bike are the wheels, although the freewheel is - and the hubs are Maillard and the rims are Mavic. If you can see them - check out the handlebar plugs, found those on eBay for a nice finishing touch.








Wow. You did steal it. Enjoy.
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What s beautiful bike! Thank you for sharing the story and awesome pics.
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Follow-up. After a month of careful eBay surveillance, I pounced on an excellent deal - a set of wheels with Maillard Professional Team Issue high flange hubs with what I have a suspicion are Rigida rims (stickers are long gone) I also replaced the Loytard 36 pedals with a bit sleeker of a pair. The Vittoria tires I had on it were a bit dry rotted and I had a pair of Panasonic Pasela's on hand so those got changed out as well - traditional gum walls look nice.


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Originally Posted by tgenec86 View Post
Follow-up. After a month of careful eBay surveillance, I pounced on an excellent deal - a set of wheels with Maillard Professional Team Issue high flange hubs with what I have a suspicion are Rigida rims (stickers are long gone) I also replaced the Loytard 36 pedals with a bit sleeker of a pair. The Vittoria tires I had on it were a bit dry rotted and I had a pair of Panasonic Pasela's on hand so those got changed out as well - traditional gum walls look nice.
Nice! I wasn't going to say anything but the black rims in the first photos were bumming me out. Now it's perfect!!

I ended up with two PX-10 frames, both circa 1970, and I have all the parts I need to build up at least one of them, down to the old wide 5-speed Sedis chain, black rubber Mafac toolkit, and original Simplex cable housing. But it's a big project, keeps getting put on the back burner. For example, I have the right hubs, rims and Trois Etoiles spokes in the right length, but if I build with the original rims, I'm stuck with tubular tires. If I build it with clinchers, then that opens the whole can o' worms of what else will I allow that's not original? Maybe I'll do a 650b conversion... Di2 shifters? [kidding!] So far I don't have answers to some of those questions and so I kick the can down the road, to decide later.

One of my PX-10 frames is possibly a goner, haven't decided whether to repair the frame. Get this: some previous owner put a cork in the seat tube to keep water out of the bottom bracket. Well, it worked -- the water that inevitably gets in through the slot in back of the seat lug, instead of going down to the BB shell, just puddled there on top of the cork. I don't know how many years it took, but rust eventually perforated the seat tube -- all the way around! The top part of the seat tube is completely disconnected from the bottom part, right at the top of where the cork ended up. I'm an ex-framebuilder, still have some equipment including an ocy-acetylene rig, so I can repair it, but is this old frame worth it? I prefer original paint and decals, no matter how much patina it has, so this one after repairing and repainting will be worth less to me (not worthless, just worth less). And I already have an almost identical frame. So this one continues to hang in my shed, waiting for me to make a decision.

Moral of the story: Look to see if someone put a cork in your seat tube, and if so, get it the heck out of there!
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