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Road Test/Bike Review (1973) Peugeot PX-10

Old 04-07-19, 08:39 AM
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Why on earth would they consider the bike’s suitability for touring of all things?
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Cool article for me as I have a 72 PX-10 that looks identical, except mine needs some TLC.
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Why on earth would they consider the bike’s suitability for touring of all things?
People used these bikes for touring back in the day. We have at least one poster on BF who has posted pictures of himself on a 1970s PX 10 rigged up for touring. The neat thing about the '70s era french bikes is that they were designed for bad roads and have lots of clearance for reasonably fat tires plus they have eyelets. These are useful all around bikes unlike modern racing bikes. Heck I'm thinking of modding my mid 70s PR 10 into a gravel grinder.
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Why on earth would they consider the bike’s suitability for touring of all things?
To echo what's already been said, my PX10 is almost exactly the same geometry as my custom Mercian touring bike. The main thing is Euro road racing at that time still had substantial sections of gravel road.

It's funny I had that exact same bike for a long time. No reason at all it couldn't be used for touring. Swap in a bigger cluster and go...

Most people think of this as the 72 model, but Peugeot didn't really have formal model years, AFAIK. The PX10 that came out shortly after this however had very steep criterium angles, and would be badly suited for touring.
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
To echo what's already been said, my PX10 is almost exactly the same geometry as my custom Mercian touring bike. The main thing is Euro road racing at that time still had substantial sections of gravel road.

It's funny I had that exact same bike for a long time. No reason at all it couldn't be used for touring. Swap in a bigger cluster and go...

Most people think of this as the 72 model, but Peugeot didn't really have formal model years, AFAIK. The PX10 that came out shortly after this however had very steep criterium angles, and would be badly suited for touring.
I did know that, at least. :-) And having a few older Peugeots myself I know how well they handle on lousy roads. I was thinking more that Peugeot made the PX-60, also using 531, but set up specifically for touring. It just seemed to me to miss the point.
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Thanks so much for the article. A perfect read and compliment for my 1973 PX10e...
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Boy, nothing like a 57.9 inch low gear on a bike tour!

I could get by pretty well on a tour with a 57.9 inch low gear.
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One has to understand the difference of classifications used during the early 1970s boom era. If an adult, derailleur equipped bicycle was not being used for "racing" it was being used for "touring". Almost all road bicycles still had clearance and dropout eyelets for fenders and/or racks. Geometry was still relatively relaxed. The "grand touring" bicycles with wide range triple cranksts and cantilever brakes were still in the future. Most Peugeot PX-10 and Raleigh Pro were never ridden in competition and road testers tended to review high end models from both a "racing" and "touring" aspect for the prospective end user. Eventually, the USA market would become more sophisticated.
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Oh boy, another opportunity to show my '72 PX-10, one owner. I have crashed this bike so many times, I've lost count- it's just so Fast! (I'm a pretty decent rider, just sometimes make bad decisions at speed.)

Touring? Racing?
I just rode mine everywhere, had no car for years.

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