Well it turns out I got the Peugeot on the road first... the front derailleur was stuck in one gear and when I tried to fix that it turned out it had been bodged. So I acquired an array of parts back in January and it's sat unused while I avoided having to learn how to do things that made me nervous about getting wrong, like tape handlebars.
So last month I thought, I can spend the summer failing to get round to fixing this bike, or actually riding it. So I got Popup Bikes near Manchester Victoria station to fix the bits I'd required and christened the bike on a 71-mile Audax circuit around the Peak District last week.
It now has white Cinelli bar tape and orange Jagwire brake cables (figured I could get away with that due to the orange frame decal) and I'd got a decent mini-groupset cheap off eBay so that brakes and front derailleur are Shimano 600, the front rim is Mavic MA-190 and the back is Rigida Chrina - everything else is original spec, the seatpost (and I think the cranks and chainset) is Stronglight, the stem and handlebars are Atax, the hubs are Maillard, and the back derailleur is an indexed Rival Aris 6-speed, which is made by Sachs Huret.
I did have a Shimano 600 rear mech as well and had asked them to fit that, but it turns out I needed a compatible gear lever, and the indexed one for the Sachs gears wasn't right.
Anyway, here are some photos. I've got a white Selle Italia saddle to replace the old one just as soon as I can un-seize the nut holding the old one on to the seat post.
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Most crucially, for a bloke used to a heavy old Peugeot 3-speed or an equally heavy B'Twin Hybrid, it is incredibly light and incredibly fast. Now I just need to get used to riding with drop handlebars...
1987 Peugeot Tradition (3-speed Sturmey Archer)
1984 Raleigh Classic 15 (Reynolds 531 ST)
1970s Harry Hall (Reynolds 531)
1986 Raleigh Record Ace (Reynolds 531)
and a project involving two Raleigh Record Sprints and the 531 frame from a 1990s Raleigh Quasar...