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    1971-ish PX10 repaint and rebuild thread

    I've had the craving for a bike suitable for the Strada Bianche for a few years. This means room for 700x30 tires with fenders, center-pull brakes, pre1980, and something with some association with the Grand Tours of a bygone era. I expect to attend L'Eroica sometime in the next few years, so what better excuse to acquire a bike project.

    I saw this Peugeot that Rocketsauce posted: eBay / CraigsList finds - "Are you looking for one of these!?" Part II

    It will fit perfectly, it's dent free and ready for a new life.

    The fork had lost much of it's paint. It's not unusual for a part that's been chromed to lose paint. I considered repainting just the fork, but I was concerned that the new paint would contrast with the old paint on the frame. Fortunately the Chicago area has a great bike painter and I decided to have the entire frame painted. The color match was very good and the painter took great care to preserve the seat-tube decals and the headbadge. Only the down-tube decal is new.

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    Very nice! That re-paint is really well done. I'm in the process of fixing up a late 60s PX-10 in white. Paint, particularly on the top tube, is in pretty bad shape, but for now I'm just touching it up. It should look okay from 6' away.

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    Quite handsome. Your painter is talented.

    We'll be waiting for the ride report.

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    Nice resurrection! Fair price on the original bike, and awesome paint work (and match). Keep an eye on that head badge if it had to be pulled off. They like to curl at the tab for the P and T once they've been peeled off. I'd kill to find a good source for a re-pop foil decal for the head on this year range. The non-foil decals just don't look right to me.

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    It is looking great. I will be sure to follow this thread since I have a lovely PX waiting in the queue. Next year sometime. Did you lace the Normandy hubs to the CR18 rims? I just used a wheelset from Velomine with the CR18 rims for my Super Course TT build and I like them so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg3rd48 View Post
    It is looking great. I will be sure to follow this thread since I have a lovely PX waiting in the queue. Next year sometime. Did you lace the Normandy hubs to the CR18 rims? I just used a wheelset from Velomine with the CR18 rims for my Super Course TT build and I like them so far.
    The hubs are Campagnolo. I already owned the wheelset. I had these wheels built up when the original rims failed. They came off a 1978 Trek TX900. I also put a set of Velomine CR18 wheels on a bike I refurbished for my son. The Velomine wheels are well made. CR18 are slightly heavier than a race rim, but they can stay true if the wheelset is well made. They are also wide enough for tires in the 25mm to 38mm range and tough enough for gravel roads.
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    That's the sort of paint touchup I want to do on the 1960 Capo, instead of splurging on a full repaint, as I did on the 1959.

    I have always liked the early 1960s Peugeot graphics, which also grace my lowly 1970 UO-8, and your PX-10 is going to be one fine-looking classic! It is also hard to beat the road manners, handling, and ride quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francophile View Post
    Nice resurrection! Fair price on the original bike, and awesome paint work (and match). Keep an eye on that head badge if it had to be pulled off. They like to curl at the tab for the P and T once they've been peeled off. I'd kill to find a good source for a re-pop foil decal for the head on this year range. The non-foil decals just don't look right to me.
    One of the very clever details of the repaint was the preservation on the decals. The painter carefully cleaned them of any grime and then clearcoated them prior to the final color coat. The clearcoat was applied and left to dry and then the decals were precisely masked off. I'm very happy with the result and the decals should last another 30 years or more.
    When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

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    This bike looks great. Looking forward to seeing the complete build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    One of the very clever details of the repaint was the preservation on the decals. The painter carefully cleaned them of any grime and then clearcoated them prior to the final color coat. The clearcoat was applied and left to dry and then the decals were precisely masked off.
    It truly looks great. The only thing I would personally add is some extras where chrome meets paint, I've never been a huge fan of the gold pinstripe. I've seen some pretty cool ideas over the years, including using a 3-4mm wide the 5-color band and red/white/blue bands at the transition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francophile View Post
    It truly looks great. The only thing I would personally add is some extras where chrome meets paint, I've never been a huge fan of the gold pinstripe. I've seen some pretty cool ideas over the years, including using a 3-4mm wide the 5-color band and red/white/blue bands at the transition.
    A fine line in gold is between the paint and the chrome. This complements the gold lines outlining the black lugs.
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    Very nice looking. I think thin lines in black between paint and chrome transitions would look good. To echo the head lugs and stay caps.

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    So, before anyone come on to tell me that that the rear derailleur cable is too short or that the NOS Simplex derailleur is "incorrect" or that the period correct Japanese components are all wrong, please understand a little context;

    1. This bikes started as a semi stripped frameset, I'm saving this bike from neglect
    2. All the components are mechanically correct, work perfectly and went on without modification
    3. This bike will be ridden and will never be sold as a collectors item

    This week a Stronglight 93 crankset, a 46t outer ring, a 42t middle ring with attachment points for a 74 bcd 30t granny gear was assembled. The chainrings are now 46, 42 & 30 which will provide a half step and a granny gearing if I use a 13-15-17-20-23-26 freewheel which is ready to install. This freewheel will go on the clincher wheelset pictured in the prior posts. I'll use this wheelset most of the time.

    I'm not a masher and like to sit and spin at a 90 to 105 rpm cadence. The Red Clover triplitizer with the 46, 42 and 30 chainrings covers the 10 to 25 mph range with tight gear spacing. It also allows me to use a short cage rear derailleur with a triple. A 46 chainring is ideal for me. I can hold almost 30 mph on a 46 chainring chainring with a 13 cog on the freewheel. I won't be walking too many hills with that 30t granny gear, either.

    An NOS Simplex rear derailleur and a NOS Suntour front derailleur were installed. A Dura ace set of shifters were added along with a very nice Huret cable guide.

    A OE PX10 wheelset arrived with Peugeot branded (Mallaird made) hubs and Super Champion sew-up rims. A 14-15-17-19-21 five speed freewheel is mounted. This wheelset will be restored and once new tires are glued on, will be ridden on special days.





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    The wheels are for a later model, but the hubs are superior to the original Normandy Luxe Competitions.

    The gold line between the chrome and paint is how mine came from the factory. Mine also came with tied and soldered spokes. I can't explain why.

    Your bike deserves Super LJ, but you can always upgrade later.

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    My px-10 has a shimano crane long cage derailleur on it that shifts a suntour frewwheel... the hubs are campy and I'm using the rims that came with it. The front derailleur is a modern shimano tiagra. I'm also running a red clover triplizer and it's nice to have a wide range of gears. Yours also looks much better than mine does. I just built up a second pair of wheels, some clinchers, since I had another pair of high flange record hubs kicking around. The clinchers are open sport rims so there's still a bit of French to it. The px-10 were plentiful bikes compared to some other ones and this is a pretty sweet resto in my books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clasher View Post
    My px-10 has a shimano crane long cage derailleur on it that shifts a suntour frewwheel... the hubs are campy and I'm using the rims that came with it. The front derailleur is a modern shimano tiagra. I'm also running a red clover triplizer and it's nice to have a wide range of gears. Yours also looks much better than mine does. I just built up a second pair of wheels, some clinchers, since I had another pair of high flange record hubs kicking around. The clinchers are open sport rims so there's still a bit of French to it. The px-10 were plentiful bikes compared to some other ones and this is a pretty sweet resto in my books.
    Thanks'

    One of the elements that give me and everyone else little creative license is the fact that these bikes are not particularly scarce. It's like a 1965 Ford Mustang: a popular, fun and interesting item, but not truly rare.
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    It's now ready to test ride. I still need to do a number of miner and a few major changes. The rear Dia Compe centerpull is temporary. The brake cables will be shortened once I tune in the fit.

    The clincher wheelset is installed. These have Campagnolo Record 36 hole high-flange hubs. A 13-26 six speed Suntour freewheel is installed. The Tires are 700 x 32 Compass Stampede Pass. It 's very smooth ride.











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    You did an excellent job restoring the PX10. I worship at this altar. Was lucky enough to buy one brand new in 1972 when I was 16 years old. Be good & have fun.
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    That blue is super nice. Great job!
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    Who did the repaint, @Barrettscv? Bang up job.
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    man, those brake cable housings are long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramzilla View Post
    You did an excellent job restoring the PX10. I worship at this altar. Was lucky enough to buy one brand new in 1972 when I was 16 years old. Be good & have fun.
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Shp4man View Post
    That blue is super nice. Great job!
    Appreciate the kind words...

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    Who did the repaint, @Barrettscv? Bang up job.
    The paint was done by Chester Cycles in Chicago. The color match and vibrancy of the paint is excellent. He also preserved the downtube decals and headbadge by gently cleaning them and then clearcoating them. He let the clearcoat dry and them expertly masked them off before applying the color coat.

    He does work for Colnogo for all bikes in North America needing warranty repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momo608 View Post
    man, those brake cable housings are long.
    For those who didn't read, see post 17.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    It's now ready to test ride. I still need to do a number of miner and a few major changes. The rear Dia Compe centerpull is temporary. The brake cables will be shortened once I tune in the fit.
    When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

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    Looks great, and well suited for the purpose. Nice work. The first post mentions fenders w/ 30s, do the 32s take place of this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir_Name View Post
    Looks great, and well suited for the purpose. Nice work. The first post mentions fenders w/ 30s, do the 32s take place of this?
    Hi S-R,

    Adding fenders has lost some of it's appeal as I finished the bike. The Compass Stampede Pass '32 tires now measure about 31.5mm wide and fitting a fender under the fork crown is looking to be problematic. I'm also concerned that heavy accessories might make the bike feel sluggish. The bike feels sporty to ride and about equal to my more speed oriented bikes.

    I'm going to ride it as-is for now and use other bikes on damp days.
    When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

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