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Old 11-12-18, 07:20 AM
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Peugeot PX-DL22 Extremely Very Unique Unicorn

With a shoutout to @jonwvara for inspiring the title of this thread, I present what I think might be a truly one-of-a-kind (i.e., extremely very unique) C&V bicycle. It's well known that the early 70s were a time of confusion in the bike world as demand outstripped supply in the "boom era." We also know that around then Raleigh seemed to have some sort of arrangement with French manufacturers when it sold its RRA, a full db-531 frameset with almost all French components, a Carlton-built model that never appeared in any catalog. Well, I've discovered that this Brit-Franco alliance might have extended further. Perhaps it was a work stoppage at the Carlton Worksop factory, a labor issue common to the day? Or perhaps it was the great demand worldwide for the ubiquitous Raleigh Sports (model # DL-22)? The true origins remain shrouded in mystery, but what I have here is evidence of the outcome: the marriage of a Peugeot PX-10 frameset and the Raleigh Sports sensibilities, the Peugeot PX-DL22:



















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Where did you find that marvel? :-)
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That is extremely cool!
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Had to check my calender. Is the top tube in original condition?
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Originally Posted by desconhecido View Post
Had to check my calender. Is the top tube in original condition?
I was thinking a 1 Apr thread start date as well. It certainly looks like a frankenbuild. But even if the OP isn't pulling our collective leg, I guess you could say it was a factory frankenbuild
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Definitely a sweet bike. 👍 This one needs a B72, for sure. 😎
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Wouldn't the head badge rivets have been copper, or brass?
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The piano has been drinking, not me. Not sure about @nlerner.
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wow original shifter cable housing
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Sweet build, and entertaining story to build it up. Much win in that post.

...and it's not every day you see a bike with a Raleigh heron *and* a Peugeot lion on the frame. Just noticed that 10 minutes later. And here I thought I was crossing some kind of line equipping my Raleigh with Mafac Racers.
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post
Where did you find that marvel? :-)
The Boston area is just full of surprising gems.

Originally Posted by desconhecido View Post
Had to check my calender. Is the top tube in original condition?
Well, I'm not the original owner, so hard to say.

Originally Posted by stardognine View Post
Definitely a sweet bike. �� This one needs a B72, for sure. ��
I'm actually not much of a fan of the B72. Even for upright riders, my arse likes a B17.

Originally Posted by machinist42 View Post
Wouldn't the head badge rivets have been copper, or brass?
Clearly a shortage of brass and copper that year.

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The piano has been drinking, not me. Not sure about @nlerner.
Are you saying Tom Waits is a previous owner of this machine?

BTW, as shown this bike weighs around 23.5 lbs, so, clearly, the Peugeot-Raleigh collaboration was breaking the mold when it came to lightweight city bikes.
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O. M. G.

I love it.

I have had a PX-10 frameset hanging in the garage for ages, waiting for a mission.

A 531 DL-22 with quick geometry.
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Old 11-13-18, 05:25 AM
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With the Campy headset, I think it makes it a pre-war bike, since the British, French, and Italians haven't been on the same side since '40.
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Originally Posted by jj1091 View Post
With the Campy headset, I think it makes it a pre-war bike, since the British, French, and Italians haven't been on the same side since '40.
Ah, I think you’re on to something there. That would make this bike extremely very very unique.
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Sacrebleu! Oh la vache! Je ne sais quoi....

Blimey! Jus ride the bloody boike!

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I think you need to work on the chainring a little bit. It needs herons.

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I think you need to work on the chainring a little bit. It needs herons.

Ah, thanks! I hadn't looked closely enough previously to see that.
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Neal, you are cruel. You used the term "very unique" just to drive a few people crazy.
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I think you need to work on the chainring a little bit. It needs herons.
Nah, they'd look funny if you went fast.
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They thought of everything, right down to faking wear where the downtube cable stops would have been.

All the historical information aside, it looks like a brilliant concept, executed to perfection (well, aside from lacking an apparent latte holder). I love the choice of wheels and tires there. Eager to read about your ride impressions.

I have to take a look and see if I don't have a Raleigh/Fuji collaboration out in the garage.
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I was only mildly impressed until I saw the head badge. That makes it.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Neal, you are cruel. You used the term "very unique" just to drive a few people crazy.
Well, also he was exaggerating a little, since the bike is probably not really very unique. I would characterize it as "relatively unique," or perhaps "moderately unique." That's because of the condition of the paint, especially on the head tube. If the paint were slightly more perfect, I would go along with "very unique."
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@nlerner and @jonwvara --- you two are the most cranky (sic) Yankees (crafty and conniving as well)! This must be some sort of a northern-southern New England conspiracy I presume! Do I need to install a roadblock on I-89 to prevent further degradation of our fair hobby?

Seriously, Neal, didn't you build something similar a few years back? Basically a Sports on a Reynolds 531 frameset?
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
Well, also he was exaggerating a little, since the bike is probably not really very unique. I would characterize it as "relatively unique," or perhaps "moderately unique." That's because of the condition of the paint, especially on the head tube. If the paint were slightly more perfect, I would go along with "very unique."
Yeah, I have to agree with you there--well, actually I partially agree.

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Seriously, Neal, didn't you build something similar a few years back? Basically a Sports on a Reynolds 531 frameset?
Well, I have a 1950 Lenton Tourist, which was essentially a Sports with a 531 frameset (though I have mine set up with 700c wheels and fenders):



And I've set up various other Raleighs over the years as IGH bikes:

Competition with Gran Sport colors:



Gran Sport with 5-speed hub:



SuperCourse (I've tinkered with lots of these):

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That dropout needs a Huret derailleur hanger to be complete.

Nice bell btw!
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