My Ellis Briggs is finally sorted out and seems to ride ok. The Gran Sport rear really does change very smoothly and the front 'suicide' shifter is actually very easy to use, being so simple (although it can rub a little if I'm not careful as it lacks a limit screw of sorts-I think someone previous has snapped it off)
I did have some mudguards on it for winter but the rear wheel has a buckle and is a bit out of round so they rub-I shall have to wait until I find a replacement wheel. (hopefully at this weekends Muswell Hill Jumble. ) To be honest I think I prefer the look of it without them, but I do want this one to be a rideable bike and so guards are a must for the next 6 months or so!