I have dreamed about owning a PX-10 since I was a teenager, but it was simply beyond my financial reach. Unlike my other “grail” vehicle (a 50’s era Jaguar XK-150), I finally managed to acquire a PX-10 frame, fork, headset, bottom bracket, and crankset. One always takes a chance and rolls the dice on eBay because you don’t have the opportunity to see the bike firsthand and you just have to take the seller’s word about condition.
When I saw this PX-10 on eBay, I got excited: it was in my price range and no one was bidding on it. What was I missing? In the final minutes of the auction, I took the plunge and bid successfully. I counted the days, and hours, and minutes until it arrived on my doorstep … only to discover upon unpacking that the Simplex drops had been drewed! Damn it all! Why, why, why do people make irreversible alterations to bicycles. It’s especially egregious with a frame as storied as a PX-10.
Once I got over my initial disappointment though, I began to see that I could give myself permission to combine the best of vintage frame pieces with a little more contemporary componentry. With the rear derailleur hanger grinded off the drops, I had to revise my thinking – which, until this point, had been to locate and install a high-end Simplex derailleur that was period correct. With that option off the table, I decided to go with an eclectic blending of vintage elements with (somewhat) modern Shimano 600/Dura-Ace rear derailleur, 105 brakes, a 7-speed hub, and a red Flite saddle.
The tires are Maxxis Fuse, which I really like riding on. (My last set was ridden for 5,200 miles before I ever got a single flat!) The Weinmann rims are 700’s, and relatively light; in fact, the bike weighs in just a touch over 17 pounds. Not too shabby for a steel lugged bike that’s nearly four decades old!
And did I mention that this thing is FAST? I don’t have a good cluster installed for climbing, but out on the flat country highways that parallel the Missouri River this bike can really fly. It’s geared pretty high and I have yet to come close to maxing out at top end. This has become my second-favorite rider, only outpaced in my current stable by my Freschi Supreme Super Cromo.