It came with Mafac brakes and 27 inch Mavic rims on some silky smooth Sansin hubs. Ray bought it new in Paris in 1976. Its a Peugeot PX10. I think the wheels and crank were not original. The rear derailer was a crappy shimano that had been mounted on a "tapped" Simplex hanger.
I had a play with it, replaced the crank, after the left arm fell off while I was riding home on its first commute. I put an old Campy crank on it, and some 33mm Cyclocross tires, and rode it down the Transient trail in Polhill. I was very impressed with the brakes. I imagine the direct mount ones must be incredible, mine are just the cheaper centre mount variety
|Mungo bars with the original 27 inch wheels.|
I got the frame powder-coated at Seaview, the finish is about a 7 out of 10. I got a sticker set from the UK, and a friend gave me a lovely Campagnolo Nuovo Record rear derailer and shifters.
|I was about to learn that Italian Campag derailers don't fit on French Simplex drop-outs...|
|Shimano to the rescue in the form of an old Durace 8 speed rear derailer.|
|I installed my Brooks Swift titanium saddle on it, and splashed out on some faux leather tape from Ritchey.|
The bike has a very relaxed feel. Its like a comfy armchair, especially with the Compass Barlow Pass tires on it. They are actually about 33 mm wide and a lot faster than they look. I came across an old 8 speed 11-30 cluster that seems to work very well with the durace rear derailer. I got rid of the 54 tooth big ring at the front and replaced it with my only other compatible ring, a 49. I can now comfortably cross-chain if I need to and the 30 on the back matched to the old-school 42 little ring on the front is not too tall.