Can't help you with any excuses for the wife, mine stopped being believed months ago
I seem to have built up a love for the rare 531pro tubing, and despite lots of searching haven't come across any suggestions regarding the integrity of it, I'm guessing your Pug is lugged too? There's always scare stories / myths circulating about a friend of a friend back in the day had his *whatever* crack in half
I ride my '78 Gios mostly at the mo and it doesn't get overtaken often
Depending on the components you could be anything from 19-22lbs maybe? heavier than the plastic fanstastics but you'll look cooler and pushing a heavier bike will get you fitter. Only my opinion and generally open to argument
Saw a lovely mid/late '80's Pug in Brighton on Saturday it looked high end but we were going in different directions and it's generally regarded as suspect stopping another man randomly in Brighton.