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Old 11-25-21, 06:28 PM
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Mystery Reynolds/Nervex Frame

Hi everyone,
I used to post here under a different name years ago but have been unable to resurrect my account. The reason I wanted to is because I have recently fulfilled one of my dreams by finding a mystery frame that is both nice enough and vintage enough to warrant a 'what is this?' thread on the C&V forum!
I still have to make one more post before I can add pictures but in the meantime here are some details.

The frame is built with Nervex Pro (I think) lugs throughout and Simplex dropouts spaced at 126mm. The derailleur has been filed to fit a different derailleur I suspect.
The frame and fork are both Reynolds 531.
Paint is a kind of metallic robon's egg blue. Chrome socks on the forks and rear triangle.
The headset is a Stronglight Competition.
There is a serial number 7 11 53 on the bottom bracket.
I am not sure of the threading on the BB offhand but I know it's not Italian.


Pictures to come after I make dinner and put the kids to bed, but in the meantime please let me know if there is any more details I can add that would help ID the frame.

Cheers,
Andy
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Old 11-25-21, 06:45 PM
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should you have or can make images they can be posted to the "member's album" on your member page

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there is no minimum post requirement to create the album

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Without images hard to say but my best guess would be a Jeunet 640 based on listed details.. Some good photos would help a lot
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Old 11-26-21, 01:03 AM
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Cat's Out Of The Bag

Originally Posted by Wet Coast Rider View Post
Hi everyone,
,,,Pictures...
Cheers,
Andy












OP's Album
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Old 11-26-21, 08:49 AM
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may have begun life as a PX-10E of MCMLXXIII

the manufacturer went back to this lug pattern for one year at this time

the Juy dropouts are another clue

note the "blister" at the rear of the axle slot

this was the first year for this

it later received a threaded hole to accommodate an adjusting screw

one simple check which could be made would be to see if the person who performed the reworking retained the wood plug at the south end of the steerer


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may have begun life as a PX-10E of MCMLXXIII

the manufacturer went back to this lug pattern for one year at this time

the Juy dropouts are another clue

note the "blister" at the rear of the axle slot

this was the first year for this

it later received a threaded hole to accommodate an adjusting screw

one simple check which could be made would be to see if the person who performed the reworking retained the wood plug at the south end of the steerer


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Thanks for sharing my album machinist, I got caught by the 5 posts per 24hrs rule.

And Juvela, I think you may be right but the blue PX10s from 73 that I see online are all a darker blue than what I've got. I'm very unfamiliar with these bikes, though. I have certainly read about the riding qualities of the frames which makes me excited about the prospects of reviving this frame.

The previous owner had it set up as a rudimentary single speed with a mix of 70s and 80s Japanese components and a modern front wheel (which I sold for $40, making this a free frame *for now*). I don't think he would know anything about the steerer plug but I can ask.
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the frame has been reworked

the bottom bracket cable guides and top tube brake cable guides are additions

it received a subsequent respray in a non-stock colour

blue ones are relatively ucommon at this year

it is most likely that the cycle's original livery was white with black trim

here is an image of a '73 which is all original save for its wheel rims & tyres

also a closeup of the dropouts

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the combination of lug pattern at dropout detail narrow the frame date to this one specific year

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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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​​​​​​Wet Coast Rider

the frame has been reworked

the bottom bracket cable guides and top tube brake cable guides are additions

it received a subsequent respray in a non-stock colour

blue ones are relatively ucommon at this year

it is most likely that the cycle's original livery was white with black trim

here is an image of a '73 which is all original save for its wheel rims

also a closeup of the dropouts

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Ok, seems like an open and shut case! Doing a bit of searching I found another thread from 2006 about a 70s PX10E with a 5 digit serial number like mine as well. It’s also nice to know it’s already been stripped and refinished so I don’t have to feel guilty about removing an original finish myself.

I have started degreasing the frame and will do a evaporust soak to clean the inside of the tubes this weekend.

How hard do people think it would be to find replacement bolt-on cable guides if I decide to remove the ones that have been added? I typically work on 80s and 90s bikes so this is new ground for me.

Edit to add: That original Brooks Pro looks like identical to the one hanging in my shop that I had planned to put on this frame. I don’t think I have the funds or desire to build it back to original specs but it’s nice to know I have the right headset and saddle!

Thanks again for sharing your expertise.

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Old 11-26-21, 04:14 PM
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The weld line across the bottom of the bottom bracket shell does not indicate Peugeot to me.
Could be wrong.
I do also agree that the bottom bracket cable guides - a good chance an at respray addition.
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