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C1985 PX-10 Foreign Legion Bike Replica

Old 08-13-22, 04:43 PM
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C1985 PX-10 Foreign Legion Bike Replica

A month or so ago, a friend sent me some photos of one of his 1980’s vintage Peugeot racing bikes, which got me thinking. I have a soft spot for Peugeots because my first “10 speed” as a kid was a UO-8, and my first decent racing bicycle was a 1984 PSV-10. Plus, some of my 1980s racing heroes like Phil Anderson, Robert Miller, Steven Roche, Allan Pieper, and Sean Yates rode Peugeots like this one in all the grand tours and monuments. These English speakers were referred to by some as the "Foreign Legion" because the majority of them rode for the French amateur club Athletic Club de Boulogne- Billancourt (ACBB) which served as Peugeot's farm team.

I bought this PX-10 frameset from a British eBayer about 11 years ago. The original paint is in very nice shape as is the chrome. Built out of Reynold 531P, the lug work and shore lines aren’t the nicest, but the chrome fork and chrome on the stays are a nice touch. I built it up with a Spider/Stronglight drivetrain, Malliard “Team Issue” hubs with Fiamme Ergal rims and Weinmann Carrera Brakes. This was one of the early bicycles in my collection, and part of the appeal was having something close to my first race bike back, but for some reason I didn’t ride it, which might have been the tubular wheels? I had gotten away from tubulars when I quite racing. However, I got back on the tubular band wagon about 7 years ago, which has been a good thing.

I have been looking around my garage thinking it is time to sell some bikes and the PX-10 was one I was thinking about selling because I wasn’t riding it. I decided to freshen it up and put some miles on it before I made my final decision. I changed out the 12cm stem for a 10cm, repacked the hubs, polished up the rims, installed new “Kenda” (veloflex) tires, a little spit and polish and out the door this morning for a 37 mile ride. I weighed it this afternoon and as shown it comes in at 20.34 pounds, which is fairly light for a non-weight weenie bike with no special parts. The bike rides well. As well as many of my more prestigious bikes. I need to put some more miles on it, but it gets the job done.



Weinmann Carrera Brakes work well.

Spidel Derailleurs = Simplex Super LJ and shift well.

Retrofriction Shifters are wonderful

Maillard "Team Issue" hubs

1979 BMW 528i transports my vintage bicycles.
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Old 08-13-22, 05:15 PM
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magnifique!!
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And Voila! it's a keeper again.
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And Voila! it's a keeper again.
LOL!

Funny how that works sometimes. It is a nice bike, but I cannot keep them all.
We will see what the cycling gods ultimately decide. I still need to make some room in the garage!
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Originally Posted by Andy Antipas View Post
LOL!

Funny how that works sometimes. It is a nice bike, but I cannot keep them all.
We will see what the cycling gods ultimately decide. I still need to make some room in the garage!
That sounds like nonsense to me, I don't think your thinking this through properly.
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That sounds like nonsense to me, I don't think your thinking this through properly.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
That sounds like nonsense to me, I don't think your thinking this through properly.
I agree !
Took one of two 84s that I have for a hurtle today .
More the merrier I think!

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(...) I still need to make some room in the garage!
Well, with a Starfleet Acadamy degree, space should not be a problem.
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Looks like a keeper to me.

The only reason I gave my 1980 PKN-10 to my elder son was that it fits him much better than it fits me and that I had been lending it to him for group rides, since he had only mountain bikes.
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