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Bitter Sweet

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531 / 60 cm / 74

3ttt / 3ttt

Original / Stronglight

Stronglight 93


Shimano clip-ins

Finger tips / Shimano tri-color

Simano Tourney / Mafac

6 X 2

Just came back from a 1200 mile round trip to Mississippi. A very good friend that I used to work with and ride with has cancer. He is not good but has put his trust in God so anything can happen. I hadn't seen John in thirty-five years but it seemed like yesterday when we talked about the old days. He was a heck of a rider. We did several centuries back when they didn't count kilometers just miles. When we drove up to his home his old PX 10 was sitting out. It hadn't been out of the shed behind his house for fifteen years. It had a few wasp nests on it but other wise just needs a bath, a little polish and mechanicals gone through to be back on the road. John and his family told me to take the bike and see that it would do some good for someone else. After I go through the bike it will go to the Chain Reaction Bike Shop in Goshen, IN. our community bike shop that helps others have a bike that otherwise wouldn't be able to.

This is John's second PX 10. This one replaced the white one destroyed in a wreck he and I was in. We had ridden 50 miles that day and set up a camp site. We decided we should have a bottle of wine so we took off with another rider to the closest town. the Hi-way we were on had just been paved and it started to rain. It got real slick. John had glasses on and instead of stopping to remove them he just closed in on my back wheel and watched it. Well, my bike slide out from under me an John went over the top of me. He landed on his face and got cut up bad. Two young girls on their way to the prom all dressed up and took John to the Bluffton Clinic that was close. A Plastic Surgeon was on duty that week end and it was a good thing for John. The doctor worked on him for several hours an John still had to back and get more done. The other rider, well he just road around us and was OK. Some riders would have quite riding after that but not John as this bike shows he road many, many more miles. If your reading this take a moment to say a prayer for John and his family.
Starting to clean frame and parts. Chrome looks new with just a little cleaning and nice seat post under the saddle!

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John's PX10 sold this week at our community bike shop. His families donation of his bike will help others get a bike that they otherwise wouldn't be able to and help keep the shop open.


I finished John's bike last night. It was a treat working on a quality bike. All the openings had been faced. Frame cleaned, touched-up and polished. All alloy polished. New cables, housing, brake pads and bar wrap. All bearings cleaned or replaced and repacked.

Looks great! Crankset

Looks great! Crankset polished up well.

Done Up Proper

Bike looks great. Your friend would have been proud.

Goodbye John

John no longer needs a bike, he now has wings. John pass a few hours ago.......

RIP John

R.I.P. John. Prayers for his family and friends.


I hope John is well taken care of at the hospice. He went through a really rough one with the chemo.

Bitter sweet

Just learned that the chemo treatments have been stopped and John is now with Hospice.........

Your Friend

Hope your friend gets better.

Thanks for sharing. I hope

Thanks for sharing. I hope John beats the monster.

Sweet frame, and great story

Great back story!! Glad the bike can carry on to inspire someone else!!

lovely bike

thanks for providing the story, that second picture is priceless

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