Peu­geot PX10

The French util­i­tar­ian clas­sic was rid­den to count­less big vic­to­ries

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“It was a tool to do a job, plain and sim­ple”

In the 1960s and 1970s, if you wanted a bike just like the Con­ti­nen­tal pros rode, there were two es­tab­lished ways to do it. You could get a be­spoke frame from a spe­cial­ist frame builder and hang it with as much Cam­pag­nolo equip­ment as you could af­ford. Or you could buy a Peu­geot PX10.

The PX10 was Peu­geot’s off-thepeg team-is­sue bike, the bike that equipped the su­perteam of the time, BP Peu­geot, as well as their feeder team at ACBB in Paris, and any num­ber of smaller teams around the coun­try. Built with good — but not flashy — tub­ing and good — but not flashy — French com­po­nents, it was de­signed to sur­vive the con­stant use and abuse that hard-work­ing pros would dish out on a daily ba­sis. At a time when elab­o­rate lug­work was still the norm in Britain, and flashy paint, chrome and pan­to­graph work was com­ing into fash­ion in Italy, the PX10 looked ba­sic, plain and a bit bor­ing. But it was never built for show — it was a tool to do a job, plain and sim­ple. The PX10 first ap­peared in Peu­geot’s line-up in 1959, and its spec hardly changed over the next 20 years. Reynolds 531 dou­ble-butted tub­ing was joined to­gether by Nervex pro­fes­sional lugs, and Sim­plex forged dropouts front and rear. Strong­light head­set, bot­tom bracket and chain­set, Mafac cen­tre-pull brakes, Sim­plex gears, Mavic rims and Mail­lard or Nor­mandy hubs were all stan­dard fare and a stan­dard PX weighed in around 10 ki­los.

Apart from the curly

Nervex lugs, the only ap­par­ent con­ces­sion to aes­thet­ics was chrome to the half­way point on the forks and rear stay; even that had a prac­ti­cal pur­pose as chrome wasn’t so eas­ily dam­aged by fre­quent wheel changes.

Those early PX10S were painted blue, with the lugs picked out in yel­low, but when the BP Peu­geot team de­buted their now-fa­mous black and white liv­ery for the 1963 sea­son, the PX10 fol­lowed suit, adopt­ing white paint and black lugs and lo­gos. That scheme lasted well into the 70s and car­ried BP Peu­geot rid­ers to the ma­jor­ity of their big wins — in­clud­ing three Tours de France, two Vueltas, three edi­tions of Mi­lan-san Remo, one Paris-roubaix and umpteen Na­tional and World Cham­pi­onships, no­tably Tom Simp­son’s ti­tle in 1965.

Peu­geot PX10: a trusty work­horse for pros and se­ri­ous rac­ers

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