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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-20-10, 02:45 PM   #1
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Converting my 71 Peugeot PX-10 to a fixed gear

Will this bottom bracket from Vello Orange be okay to use? http://www.velo-orange.com/grcrufrthbob.html.

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what's really going to work is you cleaning it up and selling it to someone who wants it for being a px-10 and then taking that money and buying a langster or such instead.
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Yes, as long as the crank you use has a JIS taper.
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what's really going to work is you cleaning it up and selling it to someone who wants it for being a px-10 and then taking that money and buying a langster or such instead.
+1. The PX-10 is pretty much the most desirable vintage Peugeot. http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Fra...ugeot_home.htm

It's worth a lot more in road bike form than it will be as a fixie.

Sell it and buy a decent fixie instead.
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Don't apologize for converting a PX-10. It's a great riding bike, and it will make a great riding fixed gear. Just don't cut anything off the frame, keep the original paint and don't throw out the original components.

I'd suggest a classic build, in fact, just shed the derailers and put on a new fixed rear wheel. Keep the mafac levers and brakes. Nice aluminium fenders would be a nice addition, but you don't need them.

Tarck it up, and I will come after you...
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px-10 is beautiful
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Don't apologize for converting a PX-10..
no one's asking him to apologize. i think we're just advising him it's not the best move. fixing and selling the px-10 will accomplish several things:

1. will get enough money to buy a much nicer fixed gear bike than the conversion would be
2. will make the person buying the px-10 very happy.

now, normally i'm totally pro conversion (i rode my 1984 norco magnum conversion here, in fact). i think it teaches valuable skills and gives a sense of accomplishment that buying an off the peg bike doesn't. but i think for a px-10, selling it is the best option by a long stretch.
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no one's asking him to apologize. i think we're just advising him it's not the best move. fixing and selling the px-10 will accomplish several things:

1. will get enough money to buy a much nicer fixed gear bike than the conversion would be
2. will make the person buying the px-10 very happy.

now, normally i'm totally pro conversion (i rode my 1984 norco magnum conversion here, in fact). i think it teaches valuable skills and gives a sense of accomplishment that buying an off the peg bike doesn't. but i think for a px-10, selling it is the best option by a long stretch.
It depends on the case (And with 10 posts to his name, maybe michael isn't the best person to be defending,) but there is absolutely nothing wrong with converting a nice bicycle. If you have a bicycle that has qualities that you like, and you want a fixed gear, it's stupid to sell it in order to buy a new bike. It doesn't take much to make a nice conversion starting from a nice bike, as I said, only a half decent rear wheel, ideally with a matching rim profile. I was actually about to convert my own PX-10, but the owner realized he was asking a ridiculously low price, and changed his mind at the last minute.

Michael, if that PX-10 fits you like a glove, and rides like a dream, make it a fixed gear. It will be a better bike (for you) than anything you can buy. If it's just what you have in your garage, then you can sell it for a fair bit and finance a new bike, free from french threading.

If you like the way your bike rides now, then keep it , but if it doesn't fit quite right, or it doesn't have that certain something, now is your chance to get a new bike.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Maybe I will leave it as-is since it is a really nice bike (I found it at my grandma's house in her shed; I think it was my uncles from some time ago). I already have a Motobecane that is fixed and that should suffice for now. I really don't need two fixed gear bikes at the moment. I like having my options open when it comes to riding, whether fixed or with gears, depending on my mood that day
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I'm definitely on the "nay" side on this one. I've got nothing against conversions, but a rare vintage Peugeot is not the kind of bike that I would convert. Mid-range 80s road bikes make the best conversions, imo.
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Don't apologize for converting a PX-10. It's a great riding bike, and it will make a great riding fixed gear. Just don't cut anything off the frame, keep the original paint and don't throw out the original components.

I'd suggest a classic build, in fact, just shed the derailers and put on a new fixed rear wheel. Keep the mafac levers and brakes. Nice aluminium fenders would be a nice addition, but you don't need them.

Tarck it up, and I will come after you...
Yes, please don't hack anything off the PX-10. A UO-8, have at it.

If the bike has original parts, you may want to consider selling it as it will be worth plenty if it's in good condition. If you convert it, keep the parts for the day you no longer want the bike.
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