Nice old PX10 with a repaint in red
Simplex SX630 Rear, SJ A102 Front with Simplex Criterium shifters.
SR tall stem
Brooks Saddle, Simplex Seatpost
Rigida Rim, Maillard Hub
Rigida Rim, Maillard Helicomatic Hub
For my 70th birthday, I completed my PX 10 project. I have a soft spot for French bikes. A while back I came across a PX10 frameset; it came with its’ original fork, headset, wheelset, bottom bracket, handlebars, stem, and brakes. I think it a 1970. Nevertheless, it had a nice refinish in red and some of its’ original parts. I planned on Painting it white with black lugs as is proper for a PX10. The red grew on me. So why not, let’s do a red PX10 said I (forgive me PX10 aficionados). I want to ride it and I am old. Some changes would be needed but I wanted it to be as French as possible. Simplex derailleurs were a must, but I do not like the degrading plastic in the original derailleurs. I once had a Peugeot PGN 10 in the early 1980s, it shifted just fine, and the derailleur was metal. I decided that era Simplex was the way to go. With some searching I found (in Germany) a NOS Simplex set; a SX630, with a SJ A102 with SJ6311 shifters. The shifters were industrial looking and ugly, so instead I used a Simplex Criterium set. I needed a compact crankset so a Stronglight 99 fit the bill. I get too many flats to be relaxed on tubulars so I stored the original wheels and a French wheelset was now needed. I found some Rigida clincher rims with Helicomatic hubs from the same time period as the derailleurs. I suppose they will do until the Helicomatic dies (if ever). I also found a nice Simplex seatpost out of Portugal. I topped it with a Brooks saddle. Now comes the real heresy. I needed a tall French diameter stem, so I found a (here it goes) tall SR stem. Tall French diameter stems are hard to come by. I paired that with some comfortable Nitto Rando bars and DiaComp levers (I had a set and I like the little quick release on the levers. I stored the original stem, handlebar and brake levers with the original tubular wheelset. Lastly, I added a decal set from Velocals. So, it looks right Ito me, is mostly French, a great ride and very comfy. I hang it between my Motobecane Team Champion, and my PY10, so they can converse in French.
Added by OldRoadieTehachapi. Last updated about 2 years ago.