- Jul 26, 2008
Full 531--tubes, stays, fork. Stronglight crankset, Simplex FD/RD & shifters, and it was 2 x 5 for a "10-speed". It originally had Mafac centerpulls, and the original headset was silver. French thread/sizes everywhere. When I got it back to the US, I had to catalog-order tires, since 700c clinchers were something new (the similar PX10 had sew-ups). It had a Silca pump that would pop in along the seat tube between BB and top (which was also usable as a baton when fending off farm dogs). No bottle bosses. Large flange hubs (known to ride harder, IIRC), and also tied spokes--very stiff. It was an off-the-shelf purchase--I didn't know French.
I thought I was going to ride to Spain, but gave up after about a week. Hopped a train in Angers back to Paris.