Sadly, it was eight years ago today that Sheldon Brown passed. He was an inspiration to many of us in the cycling industry and his website still endures as a wealth of knowledge and humor.
In remembrance of Sheldon we decided to polish up his classic Peugeot PX-10.
If you’ve been in the shop before you might have noticed this bike above our service department. It is the quintessential combination of vintage style and funky do-it-yourself grunge. The PX-10 was an early 1970’s race bike, made from Reynolds 531 tubing it was light and fast. Sheldon modified it over the years, going from a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub to a 4-speed FM medium ratio hub and then finally to a Shimano Nexus 7-speed hub. You can read about all the different iterations of the bike on Sheldon’s blog. Today the bike is fixed gear with Phil Wood track hubs.
One of the more unique aspects of the PX-10’s set up is the dual control front brake. Sheldon modified the bike to have bull-horn handlebars (pretty sure that today’s hipsters are just copying him) and rigged it with BMX style brake levers on the middle of the bar. But to give himself more control he installed a second brake lever to allow himself to stop from the extended position.
He installed a special yoke for the front brake, which has a cable stop with an adjusting barrel, instead of an anchor bolt. There is a single cable running in housing from the ærobar brake lever, looping down so that it comes up to the yoke from below. When the ærobar lever is squeezed, this housing pushes up on the yoke from below. The cable runs normally from the yoke to the normal brake lever. One of the levers has an anchor bolt in it, to secure the plain end of the cable.
Personally my favorite part of this bike is the aero Campagnolo water bottle!
Ride in peace Sheldon.