Some of you may recall a couple of wanted ads I put up in the last few months regarding the interesting Peugeot I am restoring. Thought it was high time I uploaded a few pics of the huge bike and its restoration as I wait for the lacquer to dry over it's new decals before if re-fit the headset and get some pics up of the frame looking nice again!
The bike belongs to my friend Toby Nash's father Mick who used it to break the Inter-Services Lands End to John O'Groats
record with his buddy back in 1979. It's sat unused for over 25 years in a barn and he thought it would be a great idea if I secretly attempted to restore it for Mick to ride in next year's London to Brighton ride when he will be the ripe young age of 68.
Since the project kicked off, Mick has become involved which is a good thing as I've got to share his witty memories of the ride and discuss in more detail the exact spec he requires to be able to fully enjoy the bike. It was left in pretty hardcore time trial trim with a single 56t chainring driving a 13-20 6 speed block (not the spec he used for the epic ride, this gearing was for a more normal A-road afternoon blast), with mismatched brakes, tubular rims and several other issues. Having spoken to Mick throughout the last couple of months, it's become clear that clincher rims and a double chainset are much more sensible options!
Here are a few 'before' pics, with more here:
http://deadrats.co.uk/2012/03/record-br ... n-day-one/
The Mafac's went on Mick's tandem which he rode in the 1980s with his wife Jenny:
Solec Cycles... LGF will know!
Pretty Modolo rear brake... it worked anyway:
Here be dragons:
Simplex mechs... "sh*te" according to Mick:
"Well-used" is such a fitting description for this historic bike!