Ed looks amazing
definitely in my bucket list. Did you make the correct bike choice decision?
Did not regret my bike choice once, only issue was a snapped seatpost binder bolt when I lowered the saddle slightly to give a more comfortable seated climbing position. Quick trip to Le Hardware Store and a rudimentary but effective solution was fashioned. Didn't see many other steel bikes/quill stems/downtube shifters but a slightly tatty purple De Rosa Nuovo Classico caught my eye.
A couple more photos - the top of the Galibier was worse than it looks (heavy rain for the last 6km or so and then, at the summit, a hailstorm) and the lake is about 250m climb above Alpe d'Huez.