I've now been able to get this back on the road in a more 'period' style compared to my previous post which showed it in 'as bought' condition.
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From several jumbles and a bit of wheeling and dealing I obtained more suitable components and the spec now reads -
Frame: 23" 531 with 22" top tube and 41" wheelbase. Probably 72 parallel angles. Frame number 3374.
Fork: 531 - large rake! Lamp bracket boss.
Headset: Tange Levin (to modern really)
Stem: Early Ambrosio 10cm (could do with a 12cm preferably)
Handlebar:3T (would prefer GB or similar)
Bar Tape: Will be white cloth once I get a better stem and bars.
Brake Levers:Weinmann reasonable hoods!
Brake Calipers:Weinmann 730
Shifters: Original Benelux on original Benelux brazed boss.
Front Derailleur:Benelux Rod
Rear Derailleur:Benelux Mk 7 5 speed
Chainrings:TA Criterium 47/50
Bottom Bracket:Full TA cups and axle
Pedals:KK Quill, Christophe clips. (Will be Lyotard 460 when I've managed to clean them up.)
Rims:Milremo Club 27" HP
Hubs:Campag Tipo SF
Tyres:Michelin Select 27"
Block: Screw on 14-24 five speed
Went for a 25 mile ride yesterday while the sun shone and it felt fine. The steering is a bit 'ponderous' with the long fork rake and short stem but generally it is comfortable. The gear mech and rod front changer work remarkably well (if a bit 'agricultural') but as it is a 'low normal' takes a bit of getting used to after modern mechs.
The overall weight is not at all bad, a lot lighter than I'd expected especially with such heavy wheels and tyres.
First time I've ridden on a leather saddle for over 40 years. A bit strange at first but I'm sure I'll get used to it and get it to mould to my shape. Put plenty of Proofide on it to help it soften up.
I might consider riding it in the first of the Planet X 'Old Skool' 10's on Good Friday. It will definitely be 'Old Skool'!
Today is the yesterday of tomorrow.