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Old 11-07-10, 02:46 PM   #1
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Vintage PX-10 find

not really my cup of tea ( i like italian) but i picked this up today fairly close by my house. the guy was asking 300.00 which seemed reasonable to me but im no expert on french bikes(really not any other types either) but with the blessing of picchio i bought it. the owner said it was all original and had been stored in his attic for the past 25 years. looking foward to taking it out for a spin as soon as the weather allows
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Old 11-07-10, 03:21 PM   #2
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Sorry I missed your email, Joe - but you got yourself a fine catch there; one of the best bargains I've seen you swoop up recently. Looks really clean.

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Very clean. Very nice. I bet you'll love the ride, too.

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Old 11-07-10, 03:45 PM   #4
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thanks much kurt. i thought youd say "go get it" so i did. didnt think i should wait too long or i might miss it.[ QUOTE=cudak888;11749100]Sorry I missed your email, Joe - but you got yourself a fine catch there; one of the best bargains I've seen you swoop up recently. Looks really clean.

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Old 11-07-10, 03:48 PM   #5
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Nice looking bike. Does it have the "Inoxydable" decal on it? Or am I missing that?
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I see the CA sticker on there. They didn't do the metal stamp too, did they (usually on seat tube by the fire dept.)?
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Nice looking bike. Does it have the "Inoxydable" decal on it? Or am I missing that?
At the top.
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... looking foward to taking it out for a spin as soon as the weather allows


^You're in for a treat. The PX10 is - - inspiring.

And that is one super clean example as well - Congrats on your purchase!
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Not too bad Joe. Not the Nervex Pro lugs but it looks very clean. I don't know if this was a Craigslist find or other score. Down in SoCal craigslist just seems to be the home of the $220 "vintage" Schwinn Continental with Patina, (Rust) or the home of the fixie home based enterprises.
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That's a beauty! Please share the secret of how you found it - ebay, Craigslist, garage sale, other??? In Austin, Craigslist seems to be the home of "check every 10 minutes or it's gone" (with a side order of the fixie too).
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Nice find! That bike license is way better than the reflective yellow ones that they used to use in San Diego. Those things were SO ugly!
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A very nice example! So well preserved! Congrats, I'm sure you'll get your money back should you don't fancy a French ride and part with it.
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thanks all. well, i got this one off of sacramento cr. the guy lived in mt aukum so he didnt get anyone to show up. i asked the guy to meet me closer to my area and he obliged. the one issue i am having is that the stem doesnt want to go down lower. i can take it out fine but when i put it back in, it goes down to that one point-you can see it in the pics, i think, and it stops there. i also want to take those ca license off but it is like a one hour fingernail peeling job.
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i also want to take those ca license off but it is like a one hour fingernail peeling job.
Hair dryer + old credit card.
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i will try that but how do i solve my handle bar stem problem? should i hammer it in farther??
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i will try that but how do i solve my handle bar stem problem? should i hammer it in farther??
yes definitely. Use a 5 lb sledge.
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yes definitely. Use a 5 lb sledge.
Ie, don't force it, use a bigger hammer....
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yes definitely. Use a 5 lb sledge.
I hope he is joking.

I am not fond of that stem anyway, but I think some investigation is needed before you go whacking things.

Some of these bikes had a Wood dowel in the steerer base, if it does, use a small diameter rod and check for depth blockages. Test, don't guess. I would also try inserting the stem without the expander hardware after things are looked at.
Reynolds steerer's of the period had tapered wall sections, there is always a chance the taper starts too soon.
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Joe, pull the stem out of the fork carefully, and shine a penlight down the steerer tube. Is there another wedge sitting in there? Has the wood dowel that sits at the bottom of the fork been hammered up the steerer?

All of these things need to be considered before doing anything else.

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I'd flip a few bikes and upgrade the Corolla.
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Joe -
Just to add to the possibilities that repechage and Kurt lined out above, something as simple as rust on on inside of the steerer below the wedge could also inhibit free travel of the stem. (A couple quick passes with a cheapo brake hone from Harbor Freight has cured that for me in the past.)

PS - In case you DIDN'T know - that lovely AVA stem is also known as the "death stem".
Some people won't ride them at all and get a Pivo stem instead - others simply say it's best not to ride them hard - but everyone would agree it's best not to beat them with hammers.
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Congrats! As my neighbors to the north and east say -- "Beauty!" What brakes and derailleur are on it? Mafac and Simplex? Either way, what models?

Thanks!
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I so hope I come across one of these in my size, specially that clean. Nice score!
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I'm more into Italian than French, too, but a PX-10 in that kind of condition for $300? Wow. All I can say is - wow.

I need to begin a rotating watch on Craig'sList
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Joe: I'm glad this went to you. I'm the guy that bought your '84 Paramount
not that long ago, and I feel like I owe you for that one. I called on this about
5 minutes after you did, and I was quite ready to drive up to Mt Aukum.
I have enough experience with crappy Peugeots (having owned several when
young and poor) and a couple of other French bikes (most notably a Stella
that I still enjoy) that I can probably help you out if you get mechanically baffled
in your project. Velo orange makes a French thread sealed BB unit that is priced
pretty reasonably, if you want to go that route.

I work most Saturdays here in Sacramento at the Bicycle Kitchen, or you can e-mail me.

Again, thanks for that Paramount. Nicest bike I've ever owned.

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