After a couple of rides I realised a few things:
- love it but the 90mm stem that came with the bike is way too short
- a 5-speed freewheel is period correct but 14-17-20-24-28 is not very practical if you actually use the bike
- the small period correct brake pads provide no stopping power
- Toe-clips look great but I do prefer to use the same shoes and pedal system on all my bikes (to be honest: I just don't feel in control on wet cobbles with my feet strapped in).
Hence it was time for some upgrades and some cheating. Swapped the Peugeot labeled low-end Simplex derailleurs for some bling Simplex Super LJ mechs. The additional bonus is that they allow you to run basically every freewheel and cassette you want and with the limit screws almost out this includes 10sp cassettes. So now I run 10sp Campa wheels from my other bikes in this bike too. The steps between the 10sp cogs are so small that I hardly notice that it is friction instead of indexed. 48/36 in front and 13 to 26 in the rear, KMC chain, Dia Compe "aero" brake levers for a cleaner look, Spidel brakes with Jagwire brake pads, 130mm Atax stem and 44cm Atax handlebar, Selle Italia leather tape lined with light blue Newbaum cotton...