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Old 09-11-07, 08:58 PM
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70's Peugeot 531 bike, what model?

I just bought this for $125 off of CL, and I think I got a pretty stellar deal. Has Stronglight cranks, Mafac Competition brakes, 531 frame and forks, chrome stays and fork tips with Simplex forged drops. S/N is on an aluminum plate, and is...7045561. Any guesses for year/model? I am planning a typical clean and recondition. The bike overall is extremely clean, even the BB hardware is free of old grease or lost plating. Sorry for the horrible pic, it was getting dark and the cam battery was low. Not too mention unbelievable humidity fogging the lens. I will take better ones tomorrow.,,,,BD


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If that RD is a 'Super LJ' you could probably sell that part alone for $125 if it's in nice shape. Nice score!

I'd guess you've got a late 70's PX-10 but I'll let the experts decide for sure. Hope it fits you, these are supposed to be a nice ride.
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Not sure what RD it is. It only says Simplex on it, with a couple of S logos. Looks kind of like an all alloy version of the regular black plastic simplex RD. It's the same size as my PGN10, so it fits well enough.,,,,BD
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The decals are late 1970s. The tubing decal appears to have the diagonal, turquoise 531 decal, which indicates standard gauge Reynolds 531 butted tubing. That plus the triple crank triple crank indicates a PX60. However, the PX60 typically had a longer wheelsbase, sufficient to accommodate fenders, This looks very tight. Maybe somebody put a triple on a PX10? The tires may be the telling factor. A PX60 typically used 28" while a PX10N would use 700C clinchers and a PX10 would have tubulars. These look look clinchers, and with Schraeder valves! Did somebody fit 27"? Hopefully, Jim or John will have further insights.

Regardless a very nice acquisition, in apparently excllent condition. Congratualtions! Enjoy!
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The 531 decal on the frame is green, but yes it is diagonal. The triangle 531 on the fork is straight and also green. If it's not pouring all day I will try to get some better pics after work. At least one of the rims is 27 inch, and they do not match to each other. Cranks are not a triple? I guess it looks like it. Once again probably the fault of a bad pic.,,,,BD
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It looks to me like a 1976 PX10 with replacement wheels.
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OK, the tubing decal confirmation indicates it's either a PX10 or PX60. I haven't seen that crankset on a stock PX10 but it was used on the 60 series. Still, the rear triangle looks more PX10, so I'm leaning towards a PX10 with replacement wheel(s) and crankset on the basis that the original owner was sick of tubulars and needed wider gearing.
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+1 on the wheels being replacements. Between the Schrader valves and the big 'ol chrome spoke guard, the wheelset isn't consistent with a 531 bike.

That said, the price you paid is a decent deal for the frame alone.
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It's a PX-10 equivalent frameset, and that's what counts.
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+1 on the wheels being replacements. Between the Schrader valves and the big 'ol chrome spoke guard, the wheelset isn't consistent with a 531 bike.

That said, the price you paid is a decent deal for the frame alone.
Actually, according to my literature, the 1979 PX10NLE did come standard with a spoke protector. But I know what you mean, it looks totally out of place. A first glance you think UO8. UO9 or UO10. But then you notice the Stronglight 105 crankset and Reynolds decals on the forks and go "Whoa!".
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I wonder if that could be the original Ideale 2001 saddle? Mine didn't last five years.
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Bikedued, that's just beautiful!
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Actually, according to my literature, the 1979 PX10NLE did come standard with a spoke protector. But I know what you mean, it looks totally out of place. A first glance you think UO8. UO9 or UO10. But then you notice the Stronglight 105 crankset and Reynolds decals on the forks and go "Whoa!".
Not Stronglight 105, BCD is too small. Probably a 99. But still a "Whoa!"
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Originally Posted by CV-6 View Post
Not Stronglight 105, BCD is too small. Probably a 99. But still a "Whoa!"
My fault, I was not clear enough. I was refering to looking at the catalog pic for the 1979 PX10NLE. It's got the spoke protector. Then you notice the Stronglight 105...
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My fault, I was not clear enough. I was refering to looking at the catalog pic for the 1979 PX10NLE. It's got the spoke protector. Then you notice the Stronglight 105...
Sometimes ya gotta draw pictures for the old folks.....
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Okay here's the pics. The 531 decals look green as all get out in person, yet look kind of turquoise on a digital cam. Confusing to say the least. I snapped the pics as the first sprinkles of TS Humberto began falling.

I know for a fact the front wheel is a replacement, as it has those Schwinn fork clips. Looks like off of an 80's world sport, which would jibe with the age. The rear I'm not so sure, but may also be Schwinn. The gear teeth have grooves in the tips, very Peugeot looking at most of my others. Not shown in the pics, is a Stronglight Competition headset, and Atax stem.

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Sad part is that the stem allen bolt is rounded out. Hopefully if I drill the head off, the whole thing will come out, wedge and all. I have plenty of stem bolts, hehe. The seat post is as free as they come, so I don't foresee the stem being stuck. I am wondering how the heck he got this off ebay for less than $125 with shipping. You know he would least want his money back, and maybe a bit of profit.,,,,BD
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Not much to add on my end. Looks mostly stock....seat, crank, spoke protector.

77? PX10 variant.
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You've got the late MAFAC Competitions with the ball-end bridge wires. Those are still available. The ones for the early Competitions like I have are not.
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Good to know, Dirtdrop. Thanks. I was looking over the parts list at Harris, and it looks like it's covered pretty well. I cannot get over the condition of the brake shoes though! It looks like it was ridden very little. The owner probably replaced the wheels with whatever came along when the first set of Tubulars wore out(Or dried up?) Thanks for the help so far. So no real telling the actual model per say? No big deal. It's a nice bike to me, and it will get ridden when the weather is good and dry. I may be able to get started on it this weekend. Here's hoping the BB looks as good as the rest of the bike.,,,,BD
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You better be glad I left you that one, I had already talked to the guy, but just didn't want to make the trip. Nice bike, I glad you bought it.
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Well, I drove down Shepherd all the way from Tidwell to Alabama in a 25 year old RX-7 with a broken air conditioner and a worn out suspension. I think I deserve it just for that alone, hehe. It fit in the car pretty easily, believe it or not.,,,,BD
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Well, I drove down Shepherd all the way from Tidwell to Alabama in a 25 year old RX-7 with a broken air conditioner and a worn out suspension. I think I deserve it just for that alone, hehe. It fit in the car pretty easily, believe it or not.,,,,BD
Yeah you do, besides that one would have been too big for me.. I like them 56-58. Hey im looking for some old campy brakes, you have some extras ???
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Nice find, whatever it is!

Speaking of the Mafac brakes, the bridge wire in the photo looks kind of iffy. At least you can still get those....
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The only thing Campy I have is the Cable stop on my 11.8, sorry. I have the correct Shimano replacement, but I left it on there anyway. I will take a look at the bridge wires, etc this weekend. This pic is the most I have looked at them since I picked it up yesterday.,,,,BD

It's a good thing it wasn't a 56/58, or he would have never sold it. He was about 5'8"....
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